If you have been following our series on stop smoking, you’d realize we started by saying you should take control of your mind before smoking cessation. We also said you should establish a daily exercise habit prior to quitting as this will help you successfully quit and stay smoke-free. We also delved into the 2 types of tobacco addiction and how to overcome them. We explained why you should have a quit smoking strategy as well as how to cleanse your body and lungs from nicotine toxins after smoking cessation. The first two weeks of quitting seem to be the worse, in terms of cigarette cravings, so, we discussed how to overcome cravings in the first 14 days after kicking the smoking habit.
Now, it’s time to quit and we are saying, quit cold turkey. It’s the way to go. We choose cold turkey above other methods and these are the reasons:
Before we go to the reasons which you can also call the advantages of cold turkey quitting, let me quickly explain what cold turkey smoking cessation is. It’s simply dropping off cigarettes unassisted. This means, you wake up and decide to quit and that’s that. You don’t consult a medical doctor or any other professional. You just take your decision and go ahead with it. It sounds kind of scary, but, it can be done with a lot of prior preparation and planning. Many people who successfully quit and are still smoke-free claim they did so through the cold turkey route, so, you’re not alone in this journey.
What’s more, studies say cold turkey quitting is the most effective way to kick the smoking habit.
Now, what are the advantages of abrupt or unassisted nicotine cessation?
* It is free. Unlike NRTs, Zyban or Chantix which cost money. You don’t have to spend a dime on cold turkey quitting.
* Another advantage of quitting unassisted is that most of the nicotine in your bloodstream, as a result of smoking, is out within 3 days. Even though nicotine withdrawal symptoms tend to be more intense than if a nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) was used, they are usually short-lived. With NRTs, withdrawal symptoms won’t surface until you stop using them.
* When combined with education, support and motivation, quitting unassisted has a high rate of success.
Your success at cold turkey will depend primarily on your desire to quit, and the things you do for your body during the process.
Before you put out your last cigarette, make sure you have started a daily exercise regimen, eat healthy and balanced meals, have some money in the bank to reward and distract yourself each time a craving hits you and get some time off work.
Tips to Quit Unassisted
* Expose yourself to literature or materials that will motivate and ginger you up. You can even read stories of people who died as a result of smoking online.
* Get proper education on the process of quitting and how you can overcome all the bottlenecks on the path to stop smoking success.
* Quit one day at a time. Be content with staying smoke-free every day. Don’t worry about quitting forever. Tomorrow will take care of itself. Be concerned about the present – today! And each day you successfully navigate through the murky waters of smoking cessation, reward yourself with the money you would have used to buy cigarettes. If you feel like eating, please eat. You can always get rid of the extra weight gain after you have successfully quit. If you feel like watching a movie, by all means, do so. This will help reward and distract you from smoking cravings.
* Drink plenty of cranberry juice your first 72 hours after dropping off cigarettes. Cranberry is good and will not cost more than a cigarette pack. The acid in the juice will help to quickly get rid of the nicotine in your blood and bring blood sugars to normal. Make sure you don’t consume it beyond three days as juices can make you fat.
* Watch your smoking triggers and avoid them. If you know an event or situation will make you crave a smoke, please avoid it. Till you’re comfortable with social events, avoid them, particularly if you used to smoke at such events.
* Get rid of all the smoking paraphernalia in your possession. Anything that will remind you, you once smoked (like lighters, ashtrays, cigarette pouches, etc) should be thrown away. Your home, office and car should be thoroughly cleaned to get rid of cigarette smoke and smell.
* Never give yourself an excuse for failure. A positive can-do attitude is important. Your smoking cessation attempt is a battle that must be fought and won, so, don’t give yourself a reason to fail or back out of the journey. Stay put, hang in there. Success is around the corner.
* Have a plan to curb cravings. Anytime a craving hits you, just recognize it for what it is: a craving and know it will soon pass.
* Water gets rid of toxins from smoking. Drink plenty of water, you will essentially be eliminating your smoker’s life and starting fresh as a non – smoker.
* Get support from others. A battle is better fought and won with others, ditto for smoking cessation. Get your family and friends on board. Tell them your quit date and ask for their help.
* Exercise daily. It will help to distract your mind and body when cravings start to overwhelm you. Studies reveal that regular exercise help battle these symptoms efficiently. Exercise releases endorphins into your system, thus eliminating the temptation to smoke, and making it much easier to quit smoking cold turkey.
* Have strong reasons for quitting. List them on a sheet and carry it everywhere you go. Throughout the day, bring the list out and read to yourself aloud. It will help strengthen your stop smoking resolve.
*A well-balanced diet will help flush toxins out of your body. Research has shown that consuming raw fruits and vegetables, especially those containing high levels of vitamin c and citric acid, also assist to curb the urges most smokers experience when they quit unassisted.
* Quitting unassisted throws up a lot of nasty withdrawal symptoms,even though they are usually short-lived. One way to overcome these symptoms is to avoid sleep for 48 hours after you smoke your last cigarette. Just find a way to keep yourself busy but don’t sleep. Succeeding at this will make you sleep throughout the worst period of your withdrawal. Sleeping after quit smoking is a bit tough but you can get over it if you manage to stay awake 48 hours after quit smoking. After the 48 hours, you will feel sleepy and drop off to bed for 24 hours or less. This means you will get past your worst withdrawal symptoms while sleeping. It makes it a bit bearable for you. You will wake up fresh and able to face the challenges of smoking cessation.
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