How can I deal with my smoking addiction?
Hello, I am a 21 years old male. I have been smoking since I was 15 years old. I want to quit smoking but I am unable to quit smoking. I know smoking has totally drained my health. I don't want to smoke any more. Can anyone tell me how can I deal with my smoking addiction?
@kit Hello, remember each time you resist a tobacco craving, you're one step closer to stopping tobacco use for good. Here are some ways to help you resist the urge to smoke or use tobacco when a tobacco craving strikes.
- Quit gradually
Some people find that gradually decreasing the number of cigarettes they smoke each day is an effective way to quit. But this strategy doesn't work for everyone.
- Nicotine Replacement Therapy
These short-acting therapies are generally safe to use in combination with long-acting nicotine patches or one of the non-nicotine medications.
- Identify and avoid triggers
Urges for tobacco are likely to be strongest in the situations where you smoked or chewed tobacco most often, such as at parties or bars, or while feeling stressed or sipping coffee. Identify your trigger situations and have a plan in place to avoid them entirely or get through them without using tobacco.
Physical activity can help distract you from tobacco cravings and reduce their intensity. Even a short burst of physical activity — such as running up and down the stairs a few times — can make a tobacco craving go away. Get out for a walk or jog.
- Try relaxation activities like yoga, meditation, or massage
Smoking may have been your way to deal with stress. Resisting a tobacco craving can itself be stressful. Take the edge off stress by practicing relaxation techniques, such as deep-breathing exercises, muscle relaxation, yoga, visualization, massage, or listening to calming music.
Remember, trying something to beat the urge is always better than doing nothing. And each time you resist a tobacco craving, you're one step closer to being totally tobacco-free. Quitting smoking isn't easy. Give yourself a well-deserved reward!
- Quit gradually