Benefits of stopping smoking
As we’ve already mentioned, stopping smoking can bring nothing but positive benefits for your health and your quality of life.
Among the many upsides are getting back you full sense of smell and of taste, and you’ll recover them just in time to realise that your clothes no longer smell of smoke. Your food will start to taste better, as your mouth will be squeaky clean.
Quitting smoking doesn’t necessarily just usher in a big change for you, but also for your children, as they’ll now be being brought up in a smoke-free environment, helping them increase their lung capacity. Plus, if they don’t see you smoking, they’re much less likely to do the same.
And as if that weren’t enough to convince you, think of all the money you could save by kicking the habit. They reckon that smoking a packet a day is the equivalent of 1,500 euros a year.
And of course your health will be bolstered:
You’ll notice how, little by little, your lung and heart capacity will improve and your blood pressure will drop a lot. You’ll also be drastically lowering the risks of catching mouth, throat, oesophageal, lung or bladder cancer. If you’re a man it will also reduce the risk of suffering from erectile dysfunction.
Tips to help you stop smoking
The best way to stop smoking is to really have made your mind up to do it. Thousands of people have left cigarettes behind and all the bad that comes with them.
Now you can do the same with these few tips that could help you give up:
• Set a date to smoke the “last” cigarette. Ideally you should stick to it, but if not, at least you will feel a little bit “guilty” about it.
• It’s important you think of stopping smoking as something positive as it will bring improvements to your life. If you think of it as something negative, you’ll just go back to the same old habit.
• You need to keep yourself active and do exercise, as practising sport generates substances similar to nicotine in the brain, which will dampen the cravings a lot.
• Drink water, eat a balanced diet and sleep well.
• Get support from friends and relatives.
• Start hobbies that will keep your mind active.
• Look for objects to stand in for a cigarette.