No Smoking Day 2019: Let’s Kick That Butt

There’s no such thing as “Just One Cigarette”. DO NOT FALL FOR IT! Cigarettes hunt in packs, REMEMBER THAT!

 
No Smoking Day 2019: Let's Kick That Butt
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Ideally, we shouldn’t need a day to talk about this. Everyday should be a no smoking day because no good has ever come out of this lethal habit. But then, these days serve the purpose too in their peculiar ways. Such days are symbolic of the idea of quitting this toxic habit. The second Wednesday of March every year is observed as No Smoking Day. So today, on 13th March 2019, we celebrate No Smoking Day once again to create awareness in our society about its harmful effects, encourage people to quit, and support those who are trying to. Here are few essential self help tips for those who are trying.

Note: Please do not hesitate in reaching out for help. We are all here for you!

Make A Plan

Come up with a plan, pick a date and stick to it.
Come up with a plan, pick a date and stick to it.

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Nothing works without a plan, especially not something as serious as quitting cigarettes. It is very crucial that you make a commitment to yourself and set a ‘date of quitting’. Take this task very personally and do not break the promise you made to yourself. Also, plan in advance. If you are going to be at a place where it might be difficult to resist, do not go or go with a plan.

Take Care Of Yourself

Make sure you get enough sleep. More even, if your body demands. Don’t fight it.
Make sure you get enough sleep. More even, if your body demands. Don’t fight it.

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When you try to quit smoking, your body experiences a huge shift because of the nicotine withdrawal. And this shift demands special attention from you for your body. Take very good care of yourself and make sure all of your physical needs are met.

Monitor what you eat and drink: It is crucial that you consume a balanced diet during this period. Secondly, drink lots of water and strictly avoid alcohol. Good quality food and lots of water will help you in the detoxification process and flush the toxins from cigarettes out of your system. Also, water is a good craving-buster and staying hydrated will make you feel better in general.

Exercising and Resting: Yoga and exercises can help you keep yourself physically as well as mentally fit. Quitting takes a severe toll on your body and mind. It is important to do everything that helps it heal. Also, nicotine withdrawal will at times leave you feeling exhausted. Make sure you get enough rest and sleep well.

Modulate Your Thoughts

Negatives thoughts during this phase are a normal symptom. Fight it! Stay optimistic.
Negatives thoughts during this phase are a normal symptom. Fight it! Stay optimistic.

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This is probably the most important and yet frequently overlooked aspect of quitting. It is true when they say, “It’s all in the head”. Because really, it is! You must train your thoughts to aid you during this phase instead of making you more vulnerable. Do not be impatient. Have patience in yourself and believe the process.

Secondly, be kind to yourself and do not let negative thoughts overpower you. Look at the bright side of it and always stay optimistic. Come up with a distraction plan to avoid negative thoughts and bad moods. Always remember that YOU made this decision, you WANT this change, and now it’s time to stand by it.

Thirdly, please kick the butt of that idea of “Just One Cigarette”. DO NOT FALL FOR IT! Cigarettes hunt in packs, REMEMBER THAT!

And lastly but most importantly, always remember why you quit. The reasons can be many but do not let anything make you forget them. Your reasons will powerfully support you in your journey of smoking cessation, LET IT!