If you are like most people who smoke, you have tried to quit many times and simply been unable to stay quit. Whether trying cold turkey, the patch, e-cigarettes, or gum, it is very difficult to quit smoking for good. And while there is no sure-fire way to quit, here are 6 tips to help you increase your likelihood of quitting for good.
- Make a Plan – Whether you wake up one morning and decide “today is the day” or you pick a day a few weeks out to start, make sure once you quit you have a plan in place to stay quit. This plan includes when you quit, setting goals, deciding on your support team, and your techniques for quitting. As with everything in life, we are more likely to succeed when we have a plan.
2. Have a Support Team – Many people try to quit with a “buddy.” Unfortunately, if this buddy relapses, then you are more likely to go back, as well. Instead, try to find someone in your life who either have been an ex-smoker for a long time or who have never smoked to help you. This way, when you need support, that person will be able to help.
3. Go Cold Turkey – While it’s not for everyone, going cold turkey is the most successful way to quit smoking for good. By eliminating any crutches, you are able to learn to live without it. There is something to be said for incrementally …
Every day, millions of Americans wake up to a cup of coffee, then drink an energy drink with lunch, and have another pick-me-up on their ride home. They feel tired due to stress, restless sleep, caffeine addictions, and so on. And while this is normal and correctable with caffeine, diet changes, or exercise, low energy levels can also be a warning sign of something worse. Low energy and fatigue can be a sign of a serious infection, low testosterone levels, Anemia, issues with the heart or kidney, or even cancer. So if your energy levels seem to drop and you notice any of the following signs, contact a doctor immediately.
Sudden Change in Energy Level – If nothing in your life or diet changes, but suddenly the cup of coffee that used to get you started isn’t helping, it could be a sign that something more serious is going on. Pay attention to what external stressors could be impacting your energy levels, and if you can’t find one, then your fatigue may be more than just from stress or a few bad nights of sleep.
Breathlessness – Having a lack of breath can be a sign of low iron levels, low testosterone, or heart conditions. If you feel fatigued and often have trouble catching your breath, you should see a doctor.
Pale Skin – Being tired can cause you to be pale. But if you are noticeably paler than usual, or if nothing seems to help, it could be a …