Smoking – Dealing with the Relapse
When one decides to go smoke-free, it is more than just giving up the habit, and it is more of a relapse in lifestyle change. When you choose to quit smoking- Your world stops for a while, and you also want the rest of the world to sojourn with you. Every time the stuff gets into the mouth, you know that it would kill you, but yet the day you quit seems to get delayed. Each and every person who undergoes smoking relapse promises themselves to stop from tomorrow. Unfortunately, that tomorrow never comes, it gets delayed to a few weeks, a few months and then a few years. Ultimately every smoker feels, when he has come so far, he would sustain longer and he never deals with smoking relapse.
Why Can’t People Stop Smoking?
It is the most challenging thing to do, even harder than climbing the Mount Everest. Studies say only 6% of those who try to quit smoking-succeed. Sadly, nicotine is highly addictive, and most of the smokers know it is bad for health. Many say they have moved to mild’s, and so, it is not that harmful. 50% of the smokers start because of peer pressure, Yo Man, Let’s go for a smoke. What starts with passive smoking, goes to once in a while and then to addiction.
The effect of nicotine is sluggish and subtle, this being the main reason why people start and eventually get hooked to it. Most of the smokers also deny that they have a problem, the denial is what makes the process very slow. The sooner one realises that smoking is bad, the sooner it is possible to quit.
Signs that you have turned to a regular smoker:
- Endless Mucous
- Poor Stamina
- Altered sense of taste &
- Stained Teeth
Smokers always enjoy the time that they spend with their friends, and watching a game of sports, but that time that is spent relaxing with the friends, you may be encouraged to light up and have that smoke in your hand.
It is important to identify a partner who would urge you to quit. Join up with a friend and lay out a plan, and spend some time working out.
Spend time on a hobby, whether it is writing, playing guitar and refrain from spending time with friends who smoke. A little resistance and will power would take you long way.
Remember you have to keep trying, it might take more than one time to quit. The good news is you can learn from the past experiences and learn from your mistakes. Because you know how it feels, it is easier to tackle the ups and downs of quitting.
Keep retelling yourself about the benefits of quitting. You will feel fitter, have white teeth, and better breath. Quitting also means you will save more money, and you will spend more time with people who do not smoke.
Long term benefits include increased life expectancy, reduced risk of cancer and diseases and lowers the hospital bills and costs. It also means better health and fewer expenses on the health-care.