Tips for the First Week of Quitting Smoking
When you finally decide to quit smoking analog cigarettes, you’ll come to realize that it is certainly easier said than done. The first week of being cigarette-free is likely going to be the hardest battle, so here are some tips to help ensure that you get past that first week!
Join a ‘Quit Smoking’ Support Group
One of the best ways to make it through the first week is to join a quit smoking support group. When you associate yourself with like-minded and supportive people, they will hold you accountable. There are many quit smoking support groups out there to choose from. You should have no problem finding one in your city and state. For example, if you live in NYC, there are local support groups like NYCSmokeFree.org. There are also online support groups that you can join.
Buy Electronic Cigarettes
The biggest obstacle for long-term smokers will be breaking that habit of that mouth to hand sensation. Former smokers have found their hand constantly touching their mouth, despite not having a nicotine craving. It is advised to try nicotine-free electronic cigarettes. Nic-free e-cigs will satisfy that hand to mouth sensation without the need to intake nicotine. Also and perhaps in time, you can transit to changing that habit to eating carrot sticks or something healthy. And that brings us to the next tip.
Stock Your Refrigerator Up with Healthy Foods
When people quit smoking, they usually turn to food to fill the void. Fill your refrigerator up with fresh fruits and vegetables, and stock up on healthy snacks, such as dark chocolate, dried fruit and nuts. Fix that mouth to hand sensation by eating grapes or celery sticks with ranch dressing. Just remember not to eat too much!
Take Up a New Hobby or Activity
A new hobby or activity can help take your mind off the nicotine craving and the mouth to hand sensation habit. Join a fitness class and make new friends, spend time with the family by building puzzles or playing board games, or even buy a bike and head out for a cycle whenever you feel the habit or craving kicking in. It’s really a matter of replacing things, so remove that negative and fill it with positive!
Getting through the first week smoke-free can be difficult, but it is not impossible. We hope these tips will help you make it through the week and beyond.