Despite knowing the health risks of smoking, quitting the habit is not a walk in the park. Whether you are an occasional or habitual smoker, doing away with the stick can be a challenge. It is time to turn to your Emerson family dentist to help you stop the habit without enduring painful withdrawal symptoms. While your dentist will offer professional help, you need to adopt practical tips to increase your resolve to quit the smoke.
1. Get Motivated
Finding a compelling reason to quit smoking will help you stick to your resolve. For instance, deciding to quit can increase your life by 14 years. Besides prolonging your life, stopping this habit saves your loved ones from the risk of second—hand smoke, which can cause asthma and other respiratory diseases. Smoking has also been linked to poor oral health and tooth loss. You will also look younger and have healthy-looking skin when you stop smoking. The bottom line is to find a reason to quit that is more compelling than your urge to smoke.
2. Prepare Yourself
Your preparedness level to deal with the withdrawal symptoms can be significantly improved when you know what to expect after you have stopped smoking. Since smoking is highly addictive, you require a back-up plan to help stick to your goals. Nicotine releases dopamine, which makes you experience feelings of pleasure. When you stop smoking, you may feel sad, experience headaches, be irritable, become dizzy or unable to fall and remain asleep since your body is deprived of nicotine.
The temptation to fall back to the old habit is strongest in the first three days after quitting. Your battle to quit will be half-won if you manage to resist this temptation.
3. Decide if You Will Use Medication
Using medication significantly increases your chances of quitting smoking for good. Medication helps curb cravings and can make smoking less satisfying, increasing your resolve to stop the habit. The medication also helps deal with the withdrawal symptoms including loss of attention and depression.
Medication can be in the form of:
- Nasal sprays
- Skin patches
Your doctor at Emerson Dental Arts will recommend the form of medication that will best suit your circumstances.
4. Take a Break
Most people argue that smoking helps them relax. You need to find new ways to help decompress when you quit smoking. Manage your stress levels after quitting and never plan to do it when you anticipate facing stressful situations in the immediate coming days.
Among the ways you can try to help you unwind include:
- Having a relaxing massage
- Listen to your favorite music
- Try aromatherapy
- Attending social events with friends and family
- Getting involved in physical activities including dancing, gardening, and workouts
- Use an app for relaxation and deep breathing exercises.
Habits are learned and can be stopped, right? It is time to stop smoking since it is driving you to the grave faster than you might think. Consult your dentist to learn how you can get help.