There is no one size that fits all approach when it comes to quitting smoking. For some, quitting smoking could be as quick as preparing 2-minute noodles. For others, it could be as challenging as participating in a decathlon.
Every smoker’s path is different and unique. In this blog, we will walk you through some less-known facts regarding quitting smoking to equip you with knowledge and tools to cross the fence smarter, better and simpler.
Fact #1] Difficulty To Quit Is Not Always A Lack Of Willpower
Nicotine from cigarette smoke activates the brain receptors to release dopamine. It is a pleasure-inducing hormone. Generally, cigarette smokers will have more nicotine receptors in the brain compared to non-smokers. Going by this theory, heavy smokers will have more receptors than moderate smokers.
However, as per scientific studies, all smokers don’t have a high level of receptors. In some smokers, dopamine receptors may have variations, which could lead to differences in response to nicotine addiction.
In simpler words, if a heavy smoker has lesser dopamine receptors due to genetic differences, then they will find it easier to quit compared to a moderate smoker with more dopamine receptors.
Fact #2] It Is Alright To Accept Your Cravings
The general rule for any smoker who has boarded the train of quitting smoking is to suppress cravings. We recommend otherwise.
To address any challenge, it is critical to identify it and accept its existence. For example, if an overweight person fails to acknowledge that they have a large tummy, they won’t take any real steps to lose that excess fat. Similarly, a smoker can detach themselves from the habit only if they are successful in identifying and accepting the emotional triggers without judging themselves.
The next time you experience a craving, it’s okay if you can’t say no to it. Recognize the fact that you have a craving. Be aware of the emotion.
Fact #3] Smoke Mindfully
During moments of relapse, reflect on your smoking in the following manner.
Ask yourself what emotion is compelling you to smoke, whether you are anxious, stressed, or excited.
Use your senses completely to analyse the cigarette. Feel the cigarette. Experience its taste. Feel the smoke travel down your throat as you inhale and feel it travel back up your throat as you exhale.
Ask yourself how you feel. Has your mood really changed?
Showing mindfulness in smoking means not smoking distractedly. Herein, the idea is that when you smoke, your attention must focus on the cigarette and not on the emotion that led you to smoke.
Fact #4] There Is An Alternative To NRTs
FDA-approved nicotine replacement therapies (NRTs) are sought-after remedial approaches to quitting smoking. However, they still feed nicotine in the form of gum, patches, sprays, inhalers, or lozenges.
You can opt for Smotect Natural Tablets which are nicotine-free and increase your ability to quit smoking by 10X more than any other method. They are patented, unique scientific formulations of 12 therapeutic herbs.
They are 100% safe and natural, clinically proven, FDA-approved, GMP certified and offer over 95% success rate with zero side effects. These tablets are dosage-based on the basis of how heavy your smoking is.
Smotect Natural Tablets offer plenty of benefits besides helping you quit smoking.
- Improvement in lung function
- Improvement in breathing quality
- Relieving smokers' cough
- Reduction of CO/COHb levels
- Protection of vital organs (lungs, heart, brain and skin) from the impact of years of smoking
- Increase in immunity
- Increase in energy and stamina to perform regular activities
- Improvement in mental status
- Better sleep quality and mental relaxation
- Possibility of reduction of chances of cancer
Fact #5] Quitting Smoking Is An Act Of Preparation
When you are learning to drive, you don’t immediately start driving on the highway and on slopes, do you? At first, you drive within the safe confines of your neighbourhood. In other words, you follow a process. Likewise, quitting smoking is a habit that must be unlearned gradually. You can’t quit haphazardly. There is a process to it.
Learn to like the idea of not smoking
Learn to like the idea of not smoking
Know the mind-body interaction of smoking
Practise positive self-talk
Deal with withdrawals effectively
Move away from your identity of a non-smoker
Claim your freedom from relapse
Become a non-smoker for life
Sign up for Smotect Guided sessions to prep yourself to quit smoking. Our step-by-step video series are based on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and designed by quit-smoking experts. In these sessions, you will:
- Become aware of your psychological triggers and smoking patterns.
- Strengthen your mental muscles and deal with slips and relapses effectively.
- Manage craving effectively through an array of tangible tools, techniques and breathing exercises
- Learn more about yourself.
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