Over the last few years we have seen some real developments when it comes to smoking. Once upon a time nobody would bat an eyelid about a cigarette, but now the culture is slowly but surely changing.
In other words, far more of us now fully understand the immense health implications that smoking prompts. Unfortunately, as much as we might understand the health pitfalls, that doesn’t make to say that quitting is easy.
Far from it, in fact. Many of us will try, and ultimately fail, as we bid to kick cigarettes into touch for good.
There are a whole host of reasons why these failures happen but for the purposes of today, let’s take a look at some of the biggest mistakes that tend to stop you in your tracks.
Mistake #1 – You don’t use replacement products
Granted, some nicotine replacement products are going to do you more harm than good but in general, they are there to help.
When you immediately deprive yourself from nicotine, you’re asking for trouble. Your body has relied on this substance for potentially years and withdrawing it abruptly is going to make your quit journey very difficult indeed.
As such, research a suitable e liquid and go from there. You’ll give yourself much more control of your habit – and know what quantities of what substance are entering your body.
Mistake #2 – You don’t treat your body well
Some of you might suggest that you are already doing your body a favor by giving up on cigarettes, but there’s more.
When you start your quit journey, your body will start to feel vulnerable. For example, many of us don’t stay hydrated, yet water is something that is proven to bust cravings and reduce the chance of you turning to a cigarette.
It’s also sometimes about getting adequate amounts of rest. When you withdraw from nicotine, don’t be surprised if you start to feel more tired than usual. Naturally, sleep is the best remedy here.
Mistake #3 – You drink alcohol
Some of you might not fall into this next category but on the whole at least, drinking alcohol doesn’t bode well when it comes to your quit journey.
Studies have found that those who consume alcohol are much more likely to smoke socially, and ultimately undo all of the work they may have done up until this point.
Does this mean that you can never have a drink again? Absolutely not. Over time, it will get easier, but for now you are in a vulnerable period and alcohol will just increase the chances of you relapsing.
Mistake #4 – You choose the wrong time to quit
Some might disagree with this final point, but there are definitely right and wrong times to start turning away from cigarettes.
If you know that your life is full of stress at the minute, taking away cigarettes is going to make things even trickier. Sure, by all means try, but you might fail early and this might be enough to demotivate you.