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Do's And Don'ts Of Quitting Smoking


Quitting smoking is an art. Many people do it several times in their life. Well, they do it several times as they cease cigarette smoking for some time and relapse to nicotine again. After having a yet another date with nicotine fumes, they decide to quit again and may relapse again!! The process goes on.

Mark Twain has also said: ?Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world. I know because I've done it thousands of times.

But had Mark Twain followed the rules of the quitting game, he would have done it once and for all.

So here are do?s & don?ts of quitting smoking to your rescue.

Dos:
Be positive:
Most of the successful smoking cessation programs begin in the mind itself. But then, most of the negative thoughts also build in the mind. You should never let yourself get bogged down by negative thoughts. Do not give much importance to your past failures and/or your failing attempts of ceasing cigarette smoking. Instead, focus on the positive sides.

Drink more water and fluids:
Drink as much water as you can. It will keep you hydrated, help you detox more quickly and work as a craving buster. And you will feel much better overall.

Get more rest:
Once you have quit smoking, you are bound to feel fatigue for some weeks. So get as much rest as you can and enjoy this resting period.

Have a well balanced diet:
As your body is fighting to shake off the toxins from over the years, it needs more strength. And in order to give it more strength, you need to eat a balanced diet.

Take multi vitamins:
Cigarettes take so much energy from your body that it leaves your body weak. In addition to a balanced diet that you would be taking, you can also add a certain dose of multivitamins to your daily routine. These would help you fight off the withdrawal symptoms.

Exercise properly daily:
Once you have quit smoking, you are bound to feel down. To lift your spirits, start exercising. Make an exercising schedule and follow it religiously. You can include things like acrobatics, walking, yoga, meditation, swimming, or whatever you like. This will help you fight off the cravings and would surely improve your spirits.

Your will:
The most important thing is that you should have tremendous will power and determination to fight off the habit. Without these you would not be able to get rid of it.

Don'ts
Do not loose patience:
You generally expect yourself to be able to quit smoking within a month. But, this is not the way it happens. Quitting smoking is a gradual process. So, while you are in the process of quitting smoking, do not get frustrated and loose patience.

Do not neglect yourself:
When you are quitting smoking, you should take extra care of yourself. You should be careful that your needs are met comfortably. It will help you beat the nicotine withdrawal symptoms.

Do not worry about the future:
You should not worry too much about the future. Do not think: I would not be smoking one month from now; this is the last cigarette that I am smoking; I will not be able to smoke for now on; and the likes. All these thoughts are extremely overwhelming. So do not worry about the future, pull back your wandering mind and stay focused on your goal.

Keeping these dos and don'ts in mind would help you not only in quitting smoking, but would also prevent you from relapsing into the habit.