Many people go back to smoking again owing to negative moods – anger, anxiety, fear, frustrations, stress and depression. Bad moods are fairly common during the first week of quitting. But you can overcome bad moods by getting associated with family members and friends and indulging in activities that you enjoy the most.
Keep yourself active and the simplest way to remain so is walking. In addition, take out at least an hour or so for an activity that helps you remain active – such as cycling, jogging, playing or just going outdoors. If you do so you will be distracted from cravings.
Make a list of all the good changes that you have been noticing after quitting smoking – such as improvement in taste, smelling better and improvement in energy levels, being in control and of course saving money.
Try to go to those places where you will be distracted more from your urge to smoke – go to a library and read an interesting book, watch a movie and visit a shopping mall or find your own ways.
Avoid alcohol completely because you might not be able to control yourself after drinking as it shatters your commitment. Many people get back to smoking by drinking as smoking and drinking go in sync for some people.
Pen down the reasons as to why you want to quit smoking. Post them at places which are frequently visited by you – such as bedroom, washroom, at work, in the kitchen, etc.
Ensure that you put something tasty in your mouth whenever you feel the urge to smoke – it could be a chewing gum, toffy, chocolate, snacks or fruits. However, keep a check on as you may gain weight.
Don’t take excess caffeine rather take it in moderation. Excessive coffee consumption makes you feel jittery, stressed, tense and anxious especially after quitting smoking.
- Eat small meals at short time intervals rather than eating big ones.
- Eat healthy and nutritious foods to avoid weight gain.
- Use a straw to sip cold water. It helps ease mood by releasing the feel-good dopamine hormone.
- If you feel like smoking, then instantly check your list and reward yourself with the positives that you have gained.
- Brush your teeth often to get rid of the need to light up a cigarette. Chew sugar-free chewing gum whenever you feel the urge to smoke.
- Make a do to list and follow it diligently.
- Take the support of your best friend, wife, brother, sister or someone who can help you cope up with the tough period after smoking.
- Don’t be with people who are casual smokers – they are real troublemakers – avoid them altogether.
Don’t falter at the slightest of trouble – be committed, focused and remain on track – your two to three weeks hard work would become a lifetime achievement – not only for you, but also for your family.