After your quit date, you’ll probably find yourself grappling with the urge to smoke for a while – especially if you’ve gone cold turkey. One tactic for dealing with that is to transfer your addiction. For example, if the health benefits of being a non-smoker are what motivate you, have a healthy snack every time you fancy a cigarette. Maybe weight gain is impeding your smoking cessation efforts – work through a quick exercise routine when the urge to smoke arises.
Replacing your addiction with exercise is a great long-term strategy for many reasons. Unless you’re using NRT (nicotine replacement therapy), the dopamine released by your brain during exercise aids the chemical imbalance caused by the absence of nicotine. It’s kind of a replacement for nicotine dependence.
Exercising is also a killer way to begin reversing the negative consequences that cigarette smoking gives rise to (such as heart disease). Furthermore, once you start becoming fitter you’re less likely to reach for the packet and jeopardize everything you’ve worked for so far.
Now that you’re a non-smoker, use that opportunity to develop more healthy habits!