Quitting smoking is no easy task. Many smokers say quitting is one of the hardest things they’ve ever had to do. If you’re going to quit smoking, you probably won’t be able to do it alone. Quitting smoking cold turkey works for some people, but it’s rare. You need some quick and easy stop smoking tips that will help keep you going!
1. Keep Your Mouth Busy
One way to make sure you aren’t as tempted to smoke it to keep your mouth busy with something else. For a lot of people, that’s food. That’s why many people gain weight when they quit smoking. But it doesn’t have to be fattening food. You can stop smoking and get healthier at the same time! Let’s look at some ways to keep your mouth busy.
- Chewing gum, especially nicotine gum or bubble gum.
- Chewy beef jerky
The important thing is to find snacks that aren’t incredibly fattening, but will also keep you chewing for a long time. Soft fruits aren’t going to work very well, but things like apples and pears will. These foods are usually high in fiber and will also help lower your cholesterol!
2. Keep Your Mind Busy
When you start thinking about cigarettes, you will have a very hard time staying away. You need to keep your mind on other things. This means keeping yourself busy with hobbies or intellectual pursuits.
If you prefer intellectual things, I recommend taking up something like crossword puzzles, sudoku, quizzes, and other things that keep your mind very busy. If you prefer a more hands-on approach, you might pick up a crafting hobby like building model planes, knitting, sewing, building furniture, painting, or fixing up old cars.
3. Keep Your Hands Busy
One common complaint people have when they quit smoking is that they just don’t know what to do with their hands. Without that cigarette in their hands, they feel strange somehow. This is a good time to practice things that require a lot of finger coordination like sewing, knitting, painting, drawing, typing, playing the piano, or learning to shuffle and deal cards like a dealer in a Vegas casino!
4. Keep Your Body Busy
As your body begins to recover a bit, you’ll find yourself able to breathe better than before you stopped smoking. This is a good time to start getting a bit of exercise, which will also help keep your mind off cigarettes. You don’t have to run a marathon or buy a treadmill, just walk a little further, park further away from the store, or get outside and walk the dog more often.