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3 TIPS TO MANAGE A SMOKING RELAPSE
Posted On March 16, 2016
You gave up cigarettes for the noble cause of kicking a bad habit that's detrimental to your health, family, social life and finances. Great! But do you still feel the urge to take a drag sometimes? Well, most cigarette addicts do at least once after they have kicked the butt for good. How to curb cravings and get back on the right track? Here are three tips to help you manage a smoking relapse:
1. Consider Counseling
Personal advice and recommendations from a certified and experienced quit-smoking counselor will help you stay away from the cancer sticks. You can opt for face-to-face counseling, telephonic conversation or even choose to participate in group discussions. Research shows that telephone helplines are as effectual as one-to-one sessions or face-to-face counseling. Choose whatever you are comfortable with.
2. Use Nicotine Replacement Products
Nicotine replacement products such as lozenges, gums, skin patches, inhalers and sprays will give you some amount of nicotine minus the several other poisonous chemicals contained in cigarette smoke. These products will cut down the physical withdrawal symptoms when you're coping with the psychological effects of smoking. You can use gums or patches when craving strikes. However, do not use them before consulting with your doctor.
3. Help Yourself
There are several things you can do yourself to fight tobacco cravings. When you have an urge to light up, write a list of the things you would like to do before you reach for a pack of cigarettes. For example, you can drink a glass of cold water, meditate, workout or simply look at photographs to remind you of your wife, children, parents, friends and all those people who are important to you . A smoking relapse can also be managed by going for a walk, doing yoga, doing some gardening, taking a warm bath or listening to soulful music.
When you have quit, stay away from cigarettes for once and for all. Kick the butt to embrace a healthy and quality lifestyle.