Nicotine addiction poses a great challenge as you try to quit smoking. To often it is easier said than done. At first, that is how it feels until you apply yourself to understanding that there are more negative side effects of smoking. Obviously, smoking creates issues  in your everyday life routine.  For example, commitment to being present at or in events, shortage of money, and/or  hygiene issues.

Can you imagine a life where you get to watch a movie with your family and friends all the way through with no smoke breaks? How about a life where no one complains about the bad smell in your car.

In fact, you know about the bad side effects of smoking because you see it in commercials daily. What we are trying to accomplish now is : first, to get you used to the idea that you don’t need to have a cigarette in your hand.  You won’t have to take that break that takes time away from your day. For some, Smoking is an impulsive act. With the successful distractions,  listed below you can break out of the impulsive habit and find your independence.

Man breaking cigarette after quitting smoking

Chew Gum

A lot of times, we feel like we need to have something in our mouths. Eating to fill a void can become a negative habit because it can lead to health issues such as obesity, heart disease, or an increase in cholesterol.

Chewing gum often helps with stressful times. Lots of people have a tick like biting their nails, overeating or tapping their foot to distract them from stressful thoughts. Gum is an alternative to having your mouth stay busy in a way that doesn’t affect your wellbeing.

Count Change

Count all the change in your pocket, wallet, and any other place where you tend to find money to fund your cigarettes. Second, you can be pleasantly surprised to see how much money you save when you aren’t spending it on your vice.   You can use that extra cash to purchase a gift for yourself instead of purchasing cigarettes. 

Brush Your Teeth

Try brushing your teeth every time you get a craving for a cigarette. Brushing your teeth gives you a refreshing minty taste in your mouth that can make you want to keep it instead of infesting it with the dry ashy taste and feeling. Getting used to a clean mouth is a great way to realize what you have been missing!

Do Your Laundry

This is a long process of a distraction, which works well when you have downtime at home that you would usually spend outside smoking in your thoughts. Having clean, soft, and fresh smelling clothes can give you the same effect as having a clean mouth. You will love the smell of clean and never want to leave a trail of smoke around your loved ones again.

Woman coughing as man exhales cigarette smoke

Use a Phone Stick

For those that have a touchscreen phone, try a touchscreen stick. The little sticks are meant to be an alternative to your finger. People use it because they do not have to cover their phone with all the germs on their hands, and it maintains the quality of the screen. Having a stick on your hand at all times will take away the impulsive need to have a cigarette there instead.

Conclusion

There are many healthy ways to distract yourself from smoking. A lot of times, we need to find what it is that makes us start the habit, even though we already know the facts about its effects. Sometimes, it’s not enough to know about the damage because the impulsive acts take over. With some or all of the solutions listed above, you can overcome the habit of smoking today.  Let the Mind Enhancement Center be your guide.