Regain Your Health by Deciding to Quit Smoking

There has been so much publicity given by health authorities to the effects on health from smoking that it has begun to have an effect even on people who have been addicted to the noxious weed for decades. Quite often this awareness is forced on people when they develop respiratory problems, heart disease and even cancer because of their habit of smoking. Fortunately doctors are able to help in this regard and can even give medicines that can combat the withdrawal symptoms caused when you quit smoking.

To a person desirous of quitting smoking one has to go through some basic steps. You have to think about giving up smoking and convincing yourself that health can improve and your chances of developing heart disease, lung disease, cancer and other health issues could substantially reduce. Give serious thought to the fact that the act of giving up smoking could help you to fall sick less often, breathing will become easy, skin will look healthier combating the aging effect, blood pressure problems can reduce and there will be no staining of the teeth and fingernails through the constant exposure to nicotine. Other side effects, mainly beneficial, are a huge saving in expenditure, food tasting better, the home and office less polluted with smoke, improvement in the sense of smell and more time to spend with family and friends because you do not need to go out for a smoke.

Preparing to quit smoking is the one single action that is difficult to undertake very easily. You must take help from family and friends and explain to them why you have taken this decision. You can then set a date in your mind, and also need to announce it to your well wishers. There will be challenges mainly coming from the temptation to smoke once again and you must find ways to combat this. Get yourself distracted, read a book, go for a long walk with your pet dog or immerse yourself in any activity that is not just as addictive, but entertaining at the same time. You will have to find ways to come out of the depression that giving up cigarettes can bring about. You may also find yourself becoming an insomniac, which may result in becoming cranky, irritable and frustrated. Restlessness could increase as could anxiety and nervousness, thus affecting thought processes. You have to recognize these as withdrawal symptoms and find ways to overcome them.

Once you have quit smoking avoid places that could have an association to smoking. Get rid of all your lighters, cigarettes and even ash trays. This will prevent others from smoking around you and help you in your effort to quit smoking. Get a lot of rest and sleep and see that you eat healthy and do not fall into the trap of substituting food for cigarettes. Harden your resolve and never give into the temptation of just a couple of puffs from a friend’s cigarette. Live your life in future with constant reminders to yourself that you have quit smoking and will remain free from the habit always and forever.