According to the World Health Organization, tobacco use across the globe is at it's highest with an estimated 1.1 billion people across the world smoking cigarettes. This can be quite concerning considering that smoking has been linked to a number of serious health issues and is responsible for one death every six seconds. Our GP home doctor service in Costa del Sol will make sure you have all the support you need to quit smoking.
When you discuss quitting smoking with the amazing team who work as part of our GP home doctor service in Costa del Sol, we'll discuss all the self-help and support methods you can try to get over your nicotine addiction and quit smoking for good.
One of the things we might suggest will be a support group, where you can talk to other quitters about the challenges you face when trying to quit. Talking to people who're in a similar position will help to keep you focused on your goal and motivate you to get there. In fact, people who attend support groups are six times more likely to remain smoke-free than those who try to quit on their own.
As part of a support group recommended by our GP home doctor service in Costa del Sol, you'll learn how to prepare for being completely smoke-free, overcome quitting challenges and manage your stress so that you're less likely to fall back into old habits should you face a stressful situation.
We'll also help you deliver all the self-help skills you need to quit smoking successfully. These may include some of the techniques listed below.
Use your past experience to your advantage. Learn from previous attempts to quit and act on those learnings. Once you look at your past attempts as experiences and not failures, you'll start to be far more positive and successful.
Set yourself a date that you want to have quit by and stick to it.
There will undoubtedly be certain situations and experiences that make you more tempted to smoke. Make a plan for these events and give yourself an escape route if you feel yourself being tempted.
Quitting smoking and overcoming your nicotine addiction can be tough. Because of this, it's important to make sure you tell your friends and family that you want to quit, explain why and talk to them when you're struggling. This way they can help and encourage you and maybe even distract you when cravings strike.
Exercising regularly can help to distract you from your cravings and also helps to improve your overall health.
Keep reminding yourself why you want to quit. This way you'll stay focused and motivated. Read through your list whenever you feel tempted or need an extra boost.
If you find yourself struggling, list all the benefits you'll experience from quitting. These may include:
- better general health
- improved brain function
- better skin
- reduced risk of cancer
- improved lung capacity so you can do more
- maintain good vision for longer
- better oral health and hygiene
- less smelly.
To find out more about how our GP home doctor service in Costa del Sol can support you as you quit smoking, call us or visit our website for more information.