Lately the world seems to have been divided into two categories: smokers and non-smokers. The first one condemns the latter of not “thinking it through” and putting both themselves and others around them at risk, as studies increasingly show that second-hand smoking affects people in the same manner as if we were all active smokers. But if quitting were that easy, then wouldn’t everybody simply stop?
When it comes to cigarettes there is no middle ground, people are either for it or against it, although the arguments used against those of us who enjoy a puff with the morning coffee are pretty solid. And yet, people find it extremely hard to stop this health threatening habit. The reasons might seem childish, but they stop us from thinking straight: “everybody else around me smokes” or “it’s my life, my choice” and the list goes on.
All over the world and especially amongst Europeans, we can observe a change in mentality in these last couple of years. People have started paying more attention now to the ways in which smoking affects their daily routine and causes numerous health problems. Apart from constant fatigue and lack of a good night’s rest, more and more people complain of breathing problems, an increase in feelings of anxiety and depression, not to mention cancer or heart problems.
It is due to the above mentioned that Governments have taken it upon themselves to institute laws and regulations that ban smoking in public spaces and protect the non-smokers from having to pay for someone else’s mistakes.
For those of you who want to start living healthier, here are some tips on how to kick the habit:
– Make a list with pros and cons
This will help you see the reasons against smoking and it will make it easier to decide.
– Get rid of all tobacco around you
Out of sight, out of mind.
– Start exercising
Nothing helps your body get faster in shape and get rid of the nicotine in your body, than being active. Start swimming or take up a sport that you enjoy, it will also help you deal with some of the withdrawal symptoms such as irritability and melancholia.
– Start a regular eating program
Once your body will get used to a fixed eating schedule (five meals per day), you’ll notice an increase in energy and in your mental well being.
– Be consistent
Don’t give up when the going gets tough. If you feel like it’s out of your hands, ask your GP for help. There are a number of programs that can offer you alternatives.
– Avoid situations where you feel the need to smoke
This includes going to bars with all your friends that smoke and drink alcohol.
– Practise the “Sorry, I don’t smoke” speech
You will need it.