We promise ourselves each time that it will be our last cigarette. But we can never truly free ourselves from our smoking addiction. So here are some of the things that you should do and shouldn’t do after you smoked your last cigarette.
Don’t be impatient. Quitting smoking is an ongoing process not an event. Because we have been smoking for a long period of time, our body and brain have been wired to think that we need our nicotine fix all the time otherwise our body would not be able to function at all. So be patient with yourself, quitting smoking and replacing it with a new and healthier habit takes some time. Sit back and relax. The more anxious you are about it, the more likely your attempt to quit will fail.
Don’t be negative. Once the withdrawal symptoms kick in, you are more likely to experience a period of self negativity with negative criticisms aimed at yourself. Your brain is trying to persuade you to think that you will never be able to feel happy again without your nicotine fix. Snap out of it, think about it this way, your willingness to quit shows that you realized that you want to make a change and you have to stick to it.
Don’t neglect yourself. Trying to quit smoking will put you in a state of distress because of the withdrawal symptoms. You have to give extra attention and care to your body. Here are a few things that you should do.
Do eat a well balanced diet with three square meals a day. Your body will need all the nutrients it can get so fill it up with salad and fruits.
Do get more rest. You will be feeling tired from your nicotine withdrawal. If you are tired, rest now.
Do drink more water. It will help you detox more quickly and will also help to silence your cravings for smoking.
Do take daily multivitamins. Give your body the much needed boost to get you through the day.
Do exercise daily. Nothing makes you feel better than some physical exercise.
So remember all these littles dos and don’t. Taking care of yourself is really important and remember no pain no gain.