It’s a well-known fact that smoking comes with a host of health risks. But despite the adverse health effects of cigarettes, not everyone is able to stop smoking. Quitting nicotine is hard, to say the least, and it is an addiction that our brains are wired to stick to.
But for those who have finally made the decision to quit, here are a few ways to stay motivated. From simply wearing a custom wristband to medical hypnosis, hopefully one these will work for you.
1. Remind yourself that you are killing your family as well
Indeed, many deaths are attributed to lung cancer and other diseases caused by smoking. But did you know that even non-smokers run the risk of early death due to second-hand smoke? Exposure to second-hand smoke kills an estimated 41,000 people each year. So, if you think it’s harmless to your family, you are wrong. If you can’t quit for yourself, then do it for your loved ones.
2. Know that you won’t enjoy retirement for long
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, smokers die 10 years earlier than their non-smoking counterparts. So, if you’re a smoker and you’re working hard for the future, you’re probably doing the wrong thing.
3. Take note of triggers and avoid them
Many times, it’s alcohol. Sometimes it’s long work hours. Whatever the trigger is, take note of it and avoid it, too.
4. Hit the gym
According to research by the University of Exeter, physical exercise may trigger changes in brain activity. These changes are connected with a reduced craving of cigarettes. So, if you want to stay motivated while quitting, start sweating!
5. Learn to eat healthy
Another way to rewire your brain is by learning to eat nutritious food. When you stop smoking, your mouth will probably crave something to chew. Many smokers resort to fatty, salty, unhealthy chips, and they develop other health problems in turn. Others gain weight and start feeling depressed, therefore feeling the need to smoke and “relieve stress.” So, be wary of this trap. Learn to eat healthy snacks like seeds, nuts, and fruits.
6. Look at before-and-after photos
You could start by looking at your own photos before and after you started smoking. You’ll definitely notice the difference. Not satisfied? Go online and search for such images. According to one study, smokers were perceived to look 2.7 years older than their actual age. Meanwhile, non-smokers looked 0.7 years younger.
7. Seek medical help
Is money an issue? You’ll probably save more by spending on medical advice today rather than dealing with health problems due to tobacco addiction later on. Doctors can prescribe medication than help you deal with the anxiety and other possible side effects of quitting.
8. Try smoking cessation hypnosis
Most hypnotherapists do not make therapeutic claims. However, some quitters swear by the effects of hypnosis. With this technique, the smoker is hypnotized to stay reminded about the adverse effects of smoking on one’s health.
9. Wear a custom wristband
Whatever your main motivation is—personal well-being, love of family, financial gain—you need to keep reminding yourself about it. The best way is to get a custom wristband and wear it over the hand you use for smoking. Have your motivation printed, embossed, or debossed on your silicone band. Wear it to work, to the gym, and even in the shower. Let it be a constant reminder that you are currently on your way to finally kicking the habit for good.
Finally, here’s a bonus tip: try and try again. As much as 80% of quitters relapse within six months. Indeed, it can be a challenge to keep your hands off the stick. So, if you relapsed, don’t be afraid of trying again. Like any other addiction, always remind yourself that you can quit smoking for good.