There are very few people who can think about quitting smoking and do it successfully without help or support. Nicotine is highly addictive, and when going through withdrawal, it can affect our minds and the way we think. When you are considering giving up smoking, you will need to want to quit and plan how you will cope with the trials and tribulations of going through nicotine withdrawal. Below are some tips and advice to help make the process much more manageable and increase your chances of success.
Speak To Your Doctor About Your Intentions To Quit
As mentioned above, you need to want to give up smoking for you to be successful, or you will quickly go back to smoking again. Make an appointment with your doctor and tell them of your intentions, and they can help you create a plan to increase your chances of success. There are various cessation aids you can consider using to make it easier to quit, and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is an excellent tool to use. Your doctor will explain the pros and cons of each NRT and let you know what support is available in your area to help you quit.
How An NRT Can Help You?
Using an NRT to help you quit smoking does not eliminate the problem straight away, as you are still taking nicotine. However, it does mean you get your nicotine from a different source than smoking, so you are not inhaling the thousands of toxic chemicals found in cigarettes. Whatever NRT you decide to use, you will need to slowly reduce the nicotine strength until you wean yourself off your reliance on nicotine.
Which NRT To Use?
There are many different NRTs you can consider using to help you quit smoking, and the best one will depend on your personal preference. Some of the most popular NRTs used by millions worldwide include vaping e-liquid with nicotine, nicotine patches, nicotine gum, and dissolvable nicotine strips. There are also oral and nasal nicotine sprays you can use and pills that can help you stop smoking cigarettes. Research all available options and then decide which one is best for you, most NRTs are available without a prescription, and there are many places where you can get what you need.
Smoke Your Last Cigarette
You will need to plan when you will quit, and after you smoke your last cigarette, you will want to remove all temptation from your home. Ensure there are no cigarettes in your home, where you work, in your car, so you are not tempted to have “just one”, which often leads to more. When you go to bed that evening, repeat to yourself mentally, “I do not smoke cigarettes anymore”, and ensure you create a positive mindset. When you get up in the morning, you can start using your chosen NRT, which may take some getting used to, but it will be a massive help towards your goal.
Let everyone around you know what you are doing and let them offer support when you need it. When you have support from the people you love, a positive mental attitude and willpower will help you stop smoking successfully and start leading a smoke-free life.