- Identify your why – We all have reasons why it’s important to us to quit smoking. Otherwise we wouldn’t be in this group! Common “why’s” include, health reasons, quitting for our kids, quitting in honor of a loved one who passed from cancer, all kinds of reasons! Times will get tough during this journey. We will experience actual physical withdrawal, and other external circumstances will arise that will either be a “trigger” or stress us and staying nicotine free will need to be a conscious decision! These are the times to remember our “WHY”. Remember why you are quitting. How important is it that we stay committed to the nicotine free journey? Because of our WHY.
- Get Prepared!! Our bodies are physically addicted to nicotine. Our brains will have a chemical reaction to having nicotine removed from it’s “diet”. This will cause physical symptoms to occur! Anxiety, Restlessness, Irritability & Mood Swings, Headaches, Difficulty Sleeping, Gastrointestinal Upset, Tremors, and Excessive Sweating can occur. Being prepared will help to alleviate the symptoms and thereby lower the possibility and/or severity of trigger instances. We’ll need to prepare both physically and emotionally. (Believe me, I’ve quit more times than I can count! I am very experienced in what NOT to do! This time we are going to be successful!)
Physically, we can prepare by stocking up on helping tools. Here’s where we answer the questions for you, “What Mountain Mama products are you recommending to help with this?”
Ingesting CBD is the best way to help curb the cravings. There are a variety of ways you can consume CBD. Some prefer to ingest CBD tinctures orally. Others prefer the immediate effects of smoking or vaping CBD.
NOTE: At Mountain Mama we will not be producing vape cartridges or refills. At this point I cannot find enough research to show me something besides “it’s not as bad as smoking” as a benefit to vaping. I feel like if we are going to get healthy, we are going to GET HEALTHY. ALL THE WAY! Like we MEAN IT!!
Many soon-to-be non-smokers are concerned with replacing the oral fixation that accompanies the habit. I am included in this group and will be using THE Mountain Mama Honey Sticks to satisfy that craving.
Emotionally, we prepare in two ways: First, gather people around you who are in a similar situation by joining the QUIT SMOKING WITH THE MOUNTAIN MAMA Facebook page. We are going to begin on August 1. Feel free to post testimonials! Others in the group can gleen hope and motivation from your stories. I will be posting my own testimonial and more informational posts relevant to the topic. I’d LOVE for you to use the Mountain Mama products as a tool for living a nicotine free life, but it is certainly not required. My hope for this group is that we all can commit to becoming nicotine free and SUCCEED!
- Give yourself a break! One reason people smoke is that it helps them relax. Once you quit, you’ll need new ways to unwind. There are many options. You can exercise to blow off steam, tune in to your favorite music, connect with friends, treat yourself to a massage, or make time for a hobby. Try to avoid stressful situations during the first few weeks after you stop smoking.
- Avoid Alcohol and other triggers while you are quitting.When you drink, it’s harder to stick to your no-smoking goal. So try to limit alcohol when you first quit. Likewise, if you often smoke when you drink coffee, switch to tea for a few weeks. If you usually smoke after meals, find something else to do instead, like brushing your teeth, taking a walk, texting a friend, or chewing gum.
- Clean House. Once you’ve smoked your last cigarette, toss all of your ashtrays and lighters. Wash any clothes that smell like smoke, and clean your carpets, draperies, and upholstery. Use air fresheners to get rid of that familiar scent. If you smoked in your car, clean it out, too. You don’t want to see or smell anything that reminds you of smoking.
- If at first you don’t succeed…. Many people try several times before giving up cigarettes for good. If you light up, don’t get discouraged. Instead, think about what led to your relapse, such as your emotions or the setting you were in. Use it as an opportunity to step up your commitment to quitting. Once you’ve made the decision to try again, set a new “quit date” within the next month.
- Be Active. Being active can curb nicotine cravings and ease some withdrawal symptoms. When you want to reach for a cigarette, put on your inline skates or jogging shoes instead. Even mild exercise helps, such as walking your dog or pulling weeds in the garden. The calories you burn will also ward off weight gain as you quit smoking.
- Reward Yourself! In addition to all the health benefits, one of the perks of giving up cigarettes is all the money you will save. And if you start a “no more smokes” jar and put 7 or 8 bucks in it whenever you feel like smoking, or reward yourself by putting the money in there for each day you don’t smoke, soon you’ll have a pile of money to use as a reward for yourself!! There are also online calculators that figure out how much richer you will be. Reward yourself by spending part of it on something fun.
- Time is on your side. Remember the health benefits you will reap within just 20 minutes of quitting smoking! As soon as you quit, you start to get immediate health benefits. After only 20 minutes, your heart rate goes back to normal. Within a day, your blood’s carbon monoxide level also falls back into place. In just 2-3 weeks, you will start to lower your odds of having a heart attack. In the long run, you will also lower your chance of getting lung cancer and other cancers.