You know you should quit smoking, but you’re afraid of another failed attempt. This time around, try a different approach.
“Use nicotine patches.” “Avoid stress triggers.” “Join a support group.” You’ve tried all the usual tips and tricks, but you still can’t quit. Perhaps it’s time to try something unconventional.
When combined with more traditional approaches, these outside-the-box ideas may help you quit once and for all.
Sometimes, a little self-discovery is all it takes to learn how to be the healthiest you. Wellness professionals with La Porte Hospital offer coaching to help you achieve whatever health goal you have set, whether it’s related to smoking, sleeping better, eating well, losing weight – the sky is the limit. Call (219) 326-2048 for details.
SOCIAL MEDIA AT YOUR SERVICE
Why have one accountability partner when you could have 500? Turn your social media followers into an entire accountability network by posting or tweeting how many cigarettes you have each day. Getting all those “likes” for a smoke-free day may not curb your cravings, but it will feel good. Social media is also a great channel for emotional support on difficult days. Seeing your friends light up your phone with encouraging messages can keep you from lighting up that cigarette.
GET TO THE POINT
A review of studies published in the American Journal of Medicine suggests the ancient Chinese healing art of acupuncture may be an effective cessation tool. The Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences suggests acupuncture — particularly on the ear — as a way to reduce cravings by stimulating the same brain receptors as nicotine. Acupuncture also reduces tension, which may help you control stress-related smoking urges.
A 2015 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that financial incentives can play a powerful role for those attempting to quit. Put a portion of your paycheck at stake by “depositing” it with a trusted family member every month. If you successfully keep your cravings at bay for six months, you can “cash out” and use that money for a personal reward — say, a weekend getaway or a shopping spree. Alcohol is a common trigger for cigarette cravings, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Consuming less alcohol may make it easier to quit.
IS IT TIME FOR A CT LUNG CANCER SCREENING?
If you are a heavy smoker or someone who used to smoke, you may want to discuss getting a CT Lung Cancer Screening with your doctor. Lung cancer is the No. 1 cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. La Porte Hospital, recognized as a designated Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology, performs CT scans to help detect lung cancer in its earliest stages, when it’s more treatable. Patients must meet certain criteria for CT lung cancer scans, and most insurance will cover the screening.
Remember: Early detection is key
To find out if you meet the criteria for a CT lung cancer screening, visit www.LaPorteHealth.com and click on “Diagnostic Imaging” under the “Services” tab to download screening information to discuss with your doctor.
Alcohol is a common trigger for cigarette cravings, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Consuming less alcohol may make it easier to quit.
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