Decide on a date as soon as possible to stay focused and motivated on your goal. It doesn’t have to be January 1st, but don’t drag out too much either. It can be a date that makes sense to you, for example a birthday or… January 1st!
Announcing that you are quitting smoking to your family, friends and colleagues is a good way to benefit from their support, and could even inspire some smokers around you. Combining your efforts with those of a “fellow stopper” can also make you both witnesses to each other and allow you to support each other.
Quitting smoking is not easy. It should not be forgotten that challenges will arise, especially during the most critical period of the first few weeks. This is the hardest phase, because of the nicotine withdrawal symptoms.
Without tobacco-related products in your environment, you’ll be less tempted to relapse. Make your home a smoke-free zone, avoid smoking areas, and ask friends and family not to smoke near you.
This type of therapy can help you cope with the withdrawal symptoms that you will experience. Getting enough sleep, eating properly, exercising and drinking plenty of water are all factors that can relieve these symptoms (headaches, cough, weight gain and restlessness). Positive thinking, yoga, meditation can also be helpful in combating mood swings, insomnia and difficulty concentrating.
Nicotine replacement therapies (NRT), such as gummies and patches, are available without a prescription, and can keep you balanced for the first few weeks. As for nicotine-free treatments, such as bupropion (marketed in France under the Zyban brand), and varenicline (Champix), they are available on prescription. It is therefore imperative to consult a doctor, who will inform you of the doses to be respected and the potential side effects.
Smoking a cigarette is closely associated with other daily activities: after eating, seeing friends, having a drink, etc. Try to break these habits in order to stay focused on your goal.
Don’t worry if you can’t quit on the first try. It may take several tries to kick the addiction, but each time you try, you’re taking a step in the right direction. Don’t let having a crush erode your confidence; instead, learn from your mistakes to make your next attempt a success.
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