Whether you're looking to get fitter, breathe better or save some money, quitting smoking is a life-changing decision with numerous benefits, especially for your health. Your breathing technique will improve once you have quit the nicotine.
It isn't easy and it isn't fun, but once you're motivated to stop smoking, the positives outweigh the negatives - here are some top tips on how to quit smoking cigarettes.
Make a list of reasons to quit
It is always useful to make a list of reasons why you need to stub out that cigarette.
Stubbing out your cigarette for good has some great benefits:
- Your blood pressure, pulse and body temperature return to normal within 20 minutes of your last cigarette.
- Eight hours after your last smoke, carbon monoxide levels and oxygen levels in the blood stream normalise.
- After two days your sense of smell and taste will be heightened
Within three months your circulation will have improved and your lung function will be better – shortness of breath can now be helped with breathing exercises
Find other ways to relax
If you find smoking helps you keep calm, find other outlets for your stress and anxiety. Try taking up yoga, meditation and exercise. Breathing exercises can help ease anxiety and keep you calm – just try taking a deep breath, yawn or count to ten, and notice how much calmer you feel. Regular exercise will help ease your nicotine cravings and withdrawal symptoms as well as improve your breathing technique. Not only that, but regular exercise will help you keep off the extra weight gain that some smokers experience when they quit smoking.
Cut down your caffeine
If coffee is a smoking trigger for you, cutting down on nicotine will make caffeine's effects on your body more pronounced. However, don't try to quit drinking coffee at the same time as you are trying to quit smoking as it will make it even harder to stub out that cigarette.
As soon as you commit yourself to quitting then you need to bin anything you have that is associated with smoking - lighters, ashtrays and of course any cigarettes lying around. Give your house a good clean to rid it of the smell of smoke and begin a fresh new start.
If at first you don't succeed......try and try again
It usually takes more than one attempt to give up smoking altogether. After all it is an addiction. Lancaster University conducted a trial in 2011 which revealed it takes on average 5 years and seven attempts to quit smoking altogether. So don't be disheartened if the first go is not successful. Keep trying and keep thinking about the reasons it did not work the first time and commit to success the next time.
Hopefully this blog has given you some tips on quitting smoking. Remember stubbing out the nicotine means a healthier lifestyle, shortness of breath is improved and your lifestyle will be improved.