Quitting smoking is hard. There’s no denying it. Trying to quit can feel nigh impossible at times, like digging through a brick wall with a toothpick. Still, there’s never been a better time to quit than today. Jam-packed in one cigarette is a deadly concoction of 7,000 chemicals, 70 of which cause cancer. It’s a leading reason for significant health problems, including respiratory and cardiovascular among many others. It’s not good. We assume you’re here to either quit smoking, or you’re already on the path, so let’s talk about 25 Things To Keep In Mind When Quitting Smoking.
Cravings Can be Defeated
During a craving, it might feel like an undefeatable dragon, but it can be overcome. Try coming up with other things that can defeat the craving quickly, like drinking a glass of water, eating a pickle, flossing and brushing your teeth, whistling, or running in place.
Cravings Only Last 15 Minutes
When you get a craving, you might feel like it’ll last forever, but the good news is that most cravings only last 10 to 15 minutes. Once that craving hits, remind yourself of this fact and try to find a way to distract yourself from it during that period.
Having an accountability buddy can be both a good motivator and a source of encouragement as you go on the journey to better health. However, be sure to pick someone you know who will be patient, encouraging, and can actually hold you accountable.
You Might Become Constipated
It might sound weird, but constipation is in the cards when you quit smoking. Remember nicotine effects your entire body. The stress of quitting can also be a big factor. Fortunately, if you get constipated while quitting, it should resolve itself in a few weeks.
If You Relapse, Don't Give Up
If you relapse, don’t consider all your hard work wasted. You’re making progress. Of the people that try to quit smoking, 75% relapse; it can actually take more than three attempts to fully quit. Take this time to evaluate what happened, adjust, quit again, and don’t ever give up!