Congratulations on your decision to quit smoking. It must have been a difficult decision, but, rest assured that you’ll come out of it stronger. Smoking has numerous side effects that could seriously damage your health. Quitting not only allows you to escape those potentially fatal health issues but also frees you from a psychologically unhealthy addiction.
However, making the decision is one thing; walking the walk will be even more challenging. Hopefully, you’ve also chosen vaping as one of the strategies to help you quit completely. One major advantage of vaping is that you can still enjoy the feel good factor associated with conventional smoking, but without introducing the harmful effects of tobacco into your body. What’s more, there are many types of vape mods and e-cig designs to choose from, meaning that you can have all the fun you want.
But, even e-cigs aren’t enough. To help you completely quit smoking, you also need to make a few changes to your lifestyle. We usually recommend taking up the following habit changes to help you quit faster;
- Avoid places where you used to smoke
According to a recent study by Duke University professor, Wendy Wood, environmental cues play a major role in controlling behavior. Wood’s findings show that when a person has a habit that is associated with a particular environment, they are highly likely to repeat that habit whenever they are in that environment, even if they don’t want to. This perhaps explains why smokers tend to have specific places where they smoke. If you want to quit smoking, one thing that can help is to avoid spending time in those places. Find somewhere else to spend your time.
- Find new ways to socialize
Habits consist of three elements; a cue that triggers the habit, a routine sequence that helps to sustain the habit, and a reward you get for going through that routine. To quit smoking, therefore, you need to begin by killing triggers of the habit. Triggers essentially refer to cues that make you want to smoke. For instance, many people mix social time with smoking time. For them, social time is a good time to smoke. If you belong to this group, find new ways to socialize. For those who associate break time with smoking, find something different to do during break times.
- New habits, new routines
Finally, one of the reasons it’s so difficult to quit smoking is the fact that people don’t smoke one cigar per day. On a good day, a single person can smoke a whole pack or even more. Also, the smoking usually happens at different times of the day, meaning that the habit is connected to more than one activity. Perhaps you have a habit of smoking after meals; maybe you smoke as soon as you wake up and after every short nap. And so on. To break the habit for good, you must also break these routines and start following new routines.
It takes a lot of effort, but if you can follow these three tips, you’re on your way out of the mess