Vitality

Here's How To Stop Smoking, According To Science

Well, it’s January, and just like a large chunk of the Januaries before it, it’ll also be seeing a high number of people from all over the world treat is a fresh start, where they can begin doing something new or make some effort to change themselves for the better moving forward. For most,  that means exercising and eating healthier food (the usual), while for some, that means quitting and giving something up, such as junk food, alcohol and of course, cigarettes.

The unfortunate thing about this? Some people just quit. In fact, by February, 80 percent of people have already given up, thinking that next year would be the year. But that also means that there’s still the 20 percent that managed to push through. So how did they do it? What can we learn from them?

Of course, some are lucky. Most of them, however, use techniques that are science based, ones that you can use for yourself.

Perseverance and Planning

At the end of the day, those who try and work hard for it despite so many failed attempts are the ones who will pull through. It’s also important to understand that when it comes to change, incremental is superior than overly ambitious targets. Keep yourself grounded and make the necessary steps.

Then there’s planning, which they say is half the battle. And while planning itself is good for a better outcome, there’s also clear evidence that suggest unplanned change can be successful as well, which means good news for people essentially “winging it.”

As such, thinking when you have the most motivation and energy is the best way to start taking steps to kick some bad habits since it gives you the initial encouragement you need.

Lapsing and Self-Awareness

Most times, people who want to change experience some lapsing on the way. And while it can make you give up and feel that you failed, learning to view it from a different perspective can also help. For example, using it to gain insight and to reflect on your progress. What you have accomplished and where you have failed can act as lessons that you can use moving forward because they are important in changing old traits that can be hard to acknowledge on their own.

Belief in yourself also play a big role, as well as affirmations from others. So when trying to kick a habit, stay grounded, find friends that will support you, believe in yourself and work towards that goal with an open mind.

Smoking Smoking is one of the leading causes of cancer. Jonny Lindner / Pixabay

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