As we start preparing for the end of another year, it is time to start thinking about your 2024 New Year resolution. We don’t know if you met or completed your goals for 2023, but hey, it’s never too late and we have come up with a great idea that can make to your 2024 list.
This year, take a step towards a healthier you and make a resolution to quit smoking! We know it sounds much easier than done, but we are here to help.
In this blog, we will not only talk about why should you make quitting smoking a New Year resolution but will also help you with some tips and tricks that you can adopt and achieve your goal.
But first, here are the top 5 reasons for you to consider quitting smoking this coming year:
1. Healthier you!
Smoking is injurious to health, we all know that. It is one of the leading causes of cancer, respiratory problems and health issues. By cutting smoking from your lifestyle, you can reduce the risk of getting these health issues. Make 2024 about prioritizing your health and this will act as a proactive and significant step towards a longer and healthier life.
2. Quitting will help you save money
Did you know? At today’s prices, if you smoke one pack of cigarettes per day for 10 years, you’ll spend over $130,000 – enough for a deposit on a house.
Apart from impacting your health, smoking is also bad for your finances. It is highly addictive and also drains your finances. You can reinvest the amount of money into something like experiences, hobbies or even savings. This way you will not only improve your physical health but also improve your financial wellbeing.
- Protect your loved ones
Tobacco smoke contains around 7000 chemicals. Even if the people around you do not smoke directly, inhaling cigarette smoke (aka passive smoking) can still harm them. According to the WHO, secondhand smoke causes over 1.2 million deaths every year. By quitting smoking, you will not only improve your health but will also free the people around you from the dangerous clutches of passive smoking. This will mark a fresh start for you and your loved ones.4. Improve your mental health
Nicotine, an addictive substance that is present in cigarettes temporarily makes you feel better. When released into the bloodstream it triggers the brain to release dopamine, the feel-good hormone. This causes an instant feeling of being relaxed or stress-free. However, the long-time addiction to this substance makes you dependent on it. And when you do not get it, it leads to withdrawal symptoms like irritability, anxiety or depression. By quitting smoking, you can break this vicious cycle and take a step towards better mental health.
- Revitalize Your Senses: Taste and Smell Come Alive
This might come as a surprise to many, but smoking dulls the senses of taste and smell. Quitting allows these senses to gradually recover, leading to a richer, more vibrant experience of the world. Embrace the opportunity to savor the flavors of life with renewed gusto.
Now that you have understood the reasons behind our suggestion, allow us to give you a quick guide that will help you on your path to quitting. We understand that quitting is not easy but with the right motivation and willpower, it is quite achievable.
1. Inform and seek support
First and foremost, announce your decision to quit smoking to people around you. Trust us, you will need all the help that you can. People around you will act as cheerleaders and help you stay focused on your path.
2. Use NRT
There are many safer and controllable options like Nicotine Gums, patches and inhalers that will help you fight the withdrawal symptoms. They are designed to infuse a controlled amount of nicotine into your body. You can eventually lower the dosage and free yourself from the clutches of nicotine addiction.
3. Set up a coping strategy
Delay and avoid – this should be your mantra for 2024. Identify the triggers that force you to smoke and try to avoid them as much as you can. You need to be prepared for those urges to strike and be ready with an engaging alternative to divert your mind. This can be anything – a new hobby or simply cleaning your room. Diversion and distraction are what you need.
4. Stay active and hydrated
It is important to take care of your body while you set it up on a smoke-free journey. Avoid being on a diet and try to exercise. You can either start going to the gym or even set up an exercise routine at home. Drinking plenty of water will help your body fight only one battle at a time.
5. Be consistent
Lastly, remember to not give in. Don’t think that having just one drag or just one cigarette will make no difference. Trust us – it will. We know it sounds too preachy but we understand that it is not going to be easy. All we can say is – stay focused and stay committed.
We hope that by now you have already included quitting smoking in your 2024 resolution list and wish you all the good luck in achieving your goals! Follow the tips and we are sure you will succeed.