People that have been smoking know that the decision to quit is one of the most difficult decisions that they had to make. What is even more difficult is to stick by that decision, because you need to constantly be on your guard, and reject the temptation to go back to this terrible habit.
There are some things that smokers do, that make it much harder to resist smoking again. If you feel inclined to do these things, then you need to know that there is a way to avoid them. In this article, we are going to list the common mistakes that people make in these situations, and if you avoid doing these things, it will be much easier for you to stick to your decision to quit smoking.
Keep cigarettes in your home in case of an emergency
When you decided that you need to quit smoking, there is absolutely no reason for you to keep cigarettes at home. Having them around causes temptation, and it is always much easier to resist the temptation to smoke when you know that there are no cigarettes in your home. Also, keep away other things that will remind you of smoking like lighters and ashtrays. You need to be committed to your decision.
Forget why you wanted to quit
When you no longer smoke, you will feel healthier, happier, more energetic, and you will be able to enjoy your life more. And after a while, people tend to forget how lousy smoking made them feel, and they feel like having one cigarette could not do them harm. But, in most cases, smoking one cigarette leads to smoking another, and before you know it, you are smoking again.
In order to quit smoking forever, it is very important not to forget the reason why you wanted to stop in the first place. Write those reasons down and stick them on your fridge, or make a reminder on your phone.
Consume as much caffeine as you do now
Nicotine causes the liver to metabolize caffeine, which is why smokers need to ingest more caffeine that people who don’t smoke. When you are free of nicotine, you will need to limit the amount of caffeine, in order to make your body more balanced. If you drink 2 cups of coffee every day, then you should drink one cup of coffee in the morning. The reason for that is because if you drink too much coffee, your body will feel jittery, which will make you turn back to cigarettes to counter that feeling.
Also, limit the consumption of energy drinks as well, and you will not be needing them anyway because when you quit smoking, your energy levels will be much higher than before.
When you consume alcohol in larger quantities than normal, most of the time it impairs your judgment, and in this state, people tend to take riskier decisions. When you are feeling drunk or tipsy, it is much easier to grab a cigarette.
Also, people that smoke, know that alcohol and cigarettes go hand to hand. Be careful with alcohol.
Deprive yourself of sleep
When you are not rested enough, you cannot think straight, your vision gets blurry, and you find it challenging to make the best decisions. Lack of sleep can also intensify the side effects that appear when you quit smoking, like dizziness, disorientation, appetite, inability to concentrate and focus, and irritation. There are chances that you will experience mood swings, depression, and anxiety. All of these things can force you to grab a cigarette again. When you are not rested, your mental energy and your willpower will also be depleted. When you decide to quit smoking, you will need all of that willpower in order to stick to your decision.
There is a small percentage of smokers who tend to become more lethargic after they quit smoking. If that is your case, you don’t need to worry, just allow your body to rest, and you will notice that the sleepiness will be gone in a couple of days.
The bottom line
The decision to quit smoking is not something that is easy. People that do not smoke will never understand it, but smokers do. Make sure that you don’t make it harder on yourself by doing the things that we mentioned above.
You also need to remind yourself the reasons why you took that decision in the first place, and always get a proper night’s rest.