By: Shannon James
For some people, quitting smoking is as easy as simply not doing it any more, but for the majority of folks, it’s definitely not that simple.
Although you already know the dangers and risks of smoking, such as health problems, skin problems, and even dental problems that can result in tooth decay and loss, meaning you could need expensive Dental Implants , once it’s become a habit, it gets harder to break and more time passes. Instead of being hard on yourself and telling yourself just to quit, thereby making yourself feel worse when you can’t quit, I decided that a better strategy would be to provide tips you can use today towards creating new, healthier habits that help you ditch smoking for good.
Before I get to the tips, I want to let you know one thing: It’s said that it takes us 28 days to form a habit. It’s irrelevant if the habit is considered bad or good, the same rule applies, so instead of looking at how to break a habit, in this case, smoking, we’re going to look at the forming of new habits.
So, with the 28 day thing in mind, don’t expect results overnight, but if you’re patient and take small steps in the right direction each day, then you’ll be on the road to quitting for good.
Eat something healthy at smoke time:
If you’re someone who likes to have your first cigarette with a coffee to start your day, then why not try having something healthy to eat with your coffee instead? Of course, like any habit you’re actively trying to create, this will take a little getting used to, but not only will you feel better after eating something healthy right after doing so, you’ll also start to notice results once you’ve been doing this consistently for about a week, so you’ll have motivation to keep going.
Take up a sport or activity:
One of the best and fastest ways to get away from smoking is to do something that has the complete opposite effect on your body – usually this can be found by doing something active. It doesn’t have to be extreme, it just has to work for you, and depending on your current fitness level, it’s recommended you start out small, anyway. Going for a short walk or even a swim each day will significantly improve your health, and once you see the mental boost it gives you, you’ll want to keep going with it.
Switch to e-cigarettes:
If you’re finding it too difficult to quit cold turkey and need to wean yourself off more slowly, then e-cigarettes are definitely the way to go. They’re so much more common now than they ever were, so you won’t look odd, they don’t contain the nasty stuff that traditional cigarettes do, and many different types are readily available online and offline.
Create a money jar:
I saved this one for last because it’s the best motivational tactic I’ve seen for both quitting smoking and building a healthy habit. How this works is very simple. You simply take an old jar, bottle or container (clear is best, so you can see the money), then every time you feel the urge to buy a pack of cigarettes, you’re going to take your money and put it in the jar instead. You can do this over the course of a month, or as long as you like, but I guarantee that even if you only do it for 28 days, you’re going to see just how much you’re saving by not smoking.