Quitting Cold Turkey - Is it the Right Method for You?
The most popular way to stop smoking, is known as “cold turkey.”
It’s the most popular method but is it the right method for you lets look at stop smoking cold turkey and see.
Smoking “cold turkey” means to stop smoking instantly with no reduction i.e. just stop and cope with the cravings with no help.
How effective is it?
Quitting smoking “cold turkey” means to stop smoking without using any nicotine replacement therapy aids as nicotine provides the addictive nature of smoking it causes withdrawal symptoms.
Withdrawal of nicotine causes the following:
Irritability, fatigue, feelings of stress and nausea.
They are intense and will always be there in the first few weeks after giving up, although the first 3 – 4 days are the worst.
The symptoms and severity gradually reduce and eventually cease altogether and after about a month your body no longer needs nicotine fix.
If you are quitting smoking by “cold turkey” there are several ways to increase your chances of success
1. Drink lots of water to flush out your system at least liters a day and more if possible.
2. When cravings start – THINK of all the reasons why you are quitting cigarettes. Concentrate on why you don’t want to smoke and all the health and financial benefits it will bring. Focus on these benefits for a few minutes and block everything else out your mind to motivate you not to smoke.
3. Get support if you need it.
If you can do “cold turkey” do it with someone else or get support and help from groups, either on the Internet or a meeting group.
4. Keep yourself busy and occupy your day and make sure you don’t have time to think about smoking especially in the first 3 days.
Your chances of success depend very much on two major factors:
How much you want to quit and whether or not you believe you can do it.
If you think you can then of course you will.
If you think you cant you will not achieve your goal.
You may want to consider something else though.
People quit smoking “cold turkey” as they think nicotine is bad for you but it isn’t, as we shall now see.
You will double your chances of success if you give yourself a fix of nicotine outside of cigarettes.
Let’s look at how to double your chances of success.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
Nicotine does not cause death or disease, on the contrary its good for you.
It improves concentration, mood and attention and is actually part of the natural food chain and we consume trace elements everyday in foods such as tomatoes and potatoes to name just two.
If you take it in organic form you can beat cravings and get some potential health benefits.
NRT Products include:
Puffers, inhalers, gum and patches.
As the health benefits of nicotine are now well known companies are looking at producing nicotine supplements not just to help smokers, but help with a variety of conditions which need improvements in mood, attention and concentration.
They are looking at these to treat conditions such as: Depression, Altzeimer’s and Parkinson’s disease to name just 3.
A new smoking alternative
The first is already on the market. Originally aimed at smokers when they didn’t want to smoke, or couldn’t smoke It’s simply organic nicotine in water.
It’s very popular due to its convenience.
Simply take a few sips whenever you feel the need.
This product is now being taken not just by smokers but those who want to gain potential health benefits as well.
Try smoking “cold turkey” if you wish, but using NRT will double your chances of success and if you know the facts, you will see nicotine in pure organic form does no harm, so this is a great way for smokers with low willpower.