Looking online for ways to quit smoking can sometimes be quite daunting. There are now hundreds of ways to help people quit smoking, and it can be difficult to decide on a treatment that will best suit you. Some people are happy to turn to treatments that involve the use of nicotine (gums, patches, etc) because they find it helps them ‘ween off’ smoking cigarettes. However, others may want to kick the nicotine altogether and that’s what we’ll be looking at in this article.
We have found 5 healthy alternatives to help you quit smoking without the use of nicotine. As you may already be aware, nicotine is one of the most addictive substances on the market and while there are some successful nicotine-based medications, we’re going to be looking at nicotine-free alternatives.
Acupuncture is a great and natural way to help people quit smoking, and while it may not be as widely recognised as other forms of treatment, it has been successful for some people. Acupuncture is a popular form of treatment for many muscular and even psychological issues and studies have shown that targeting the ears is the most effective body site for treating chemical withdrawal symptoms.
Similarly, another reason to turn to acupuncture is due to the side effects of the other treatments. Nicotine-based remedies may not be suited or appropriate for some people and acupuncture provides a physical remedy that does not pose any side effects.
Hypnotism is a technique that employs a psychological approach to help people overcome their desire to smoke. It works by asking the patient a series of questions that revolve around what the worst consequences of smoking might be. Common answers are cancer, lung and heart diseases, and even death. Similarly, the hypnotherapist will compare the taste of smoking to something nasty, like car fumes and how the side effects leave you with a very dry mouth.
In most cases, hypnosis sessions usually focus on three core principles:
Your desire to live
Understanding that smoking poisons your body
Understanding the need to care and respect your body
Your therapy will continue outside of your meetings as well. You will be taught to replicate the hypnosis process so that you’re able to use it whenever you sense a craving.
While vaping does still give you the option of using nicotine, we’re going to be talking about the alternatives to this. Many people who start vaping are trying to wean themselves off smoking and having a nicotine-free option appeals to this demographic. Of course, you can start by having nicotine, but if you’re looking to quit smoking, it’s suggested that you slowly lower your nicotine levels with each passing week or month. As you progress, the idea is that you become less dependent on the nicotine and you’re left with e-liquids and fun flavours, or, not vaping at all.
Change Your Diet!
The NHS claims that some foods can actually make cigarettes more appealing. The main food at fault for this is meat! While it may not be in your plans to cut out meat, try and include other foods that will make you want to avoid that after-dinner cigarette, such as cheese, vegetables and fruit. Even adopting new after-dinner tasks like cleaning the dishes immediately or moving into an area where smoking is prohibited will help to quell the craving.
The same principle can be applied to drinking as well! Fizzy drinks make cigarettes taste better, so be sure to drink more water and fruit juices. When it comes to alcohol wine plays a key role in you reaching for a cigarette, so try and mix it up once in a while with something else!
It may sound like a cliché, but willpower is the most important point to take away from all of this. Quitting smoking is not an easy task and it isn’t something that’s just going to happen overnight. It requires dedication and a serious amount of self-control. The important thing to remember is that you do not have to tackle the journey alone! Look online for options that will suit you best and then act on them.
Combining your own willpower and the remedies and options listed above will undoubtedly help you overcome your smoking habits. And remember, the most important part of all of this is remaining dedicated!