Quitx gives you a lowdown on the task at hand and how to make it happen
Has your partner reached the point of wanting to quit smoking but needs a solid navigation path?
The fact, that they have managed to reach this milestone of wanting to give up this life-threatening addiction, in itself is a huge deal. But just reaching this decision isn’t enough. To help them make this decision a reality and to actually go through the entire process takes a lot of willpower, loads of encouragement, and limitless support. As a partner, you should turn yourself into the ideal cheerleader, extending all your support to them towards achieving this life-changing goal.
Here’s how you can be the perfect support system on their journey to better health:
- Rationalize with them
Studies and Research have proved that Nicotine may be just as addictive as cocaine and heroin making it tough for them to go cold turkey. Making them oblivious to the pain and stress, their habit can inflict on loved ones emotionally as well as financially owing to the habit of being hazardous as well as expensive.
Sit them down and break down the side effects, your partner’s addiction imposes on them as well as your family in a gentle way without coming on too strong:
Here are a few ways to approach the subject:
- Discuss and share with them how the habit isolates them from social situations that don’t allow smoking
- Express your concern about wanting to live a long life with them
- Provide a cost analysis. Then, show them what your family could have with the money that’s spent on cigarettes over time, such as a vacation, new furniture, or a better car
- Find an appropriate aid
If your partner is a heavy smoker, maybe helping him quit one step at a time using an aid, is actually a good idea. Research the aids available in the market and pick what suits your partner best. There is a huge variety to choose from like Patches, Gums, Lozenges, Nasal sprays, and Inhalers.
Help by making sure your partner has an adequate stock of the products by stocking up, so they don’t have to deal with running out of aids. Also, in spite of what they promise, always be aware that nicotine replacements, don’t always work. This can be discouraging for smokers, propelling relapses. In case of such a situation, help your partner check out other aids as an option or go visit a doctor about prescription alternatives. These alternatives alter brain chemicals rather than offering nicotine replacement.
3. Help them manage their withdrawal symptoms
One of the most common reasons why many smokers refrain from quitting is that they’re afraid of managing the withdrawal symptoms. Research shows that between 80 and 90 percent of smokers are physically addicted to nicotine. This sometimes leads to withdrawal symptoms surpassing cravings for cigarettes. Which could mean that your partner might still be going through withdrawal despite no longer craving nicotine. Being aware of this can help prepare you to expect withdrawal symptoms.
Common withdrawal symptoms include:
- Lack of Concentration
- Emotion Instability
- Reduced Heart Rate
- Weight Gain
- Increased Appetite
Whatever the withdrawal symptom maybe, be a rock-solid support system and help them tide through this rough patch, one step at a time.
4. Make home a no smoking zone
Ensure that your home is a no-smoking zone. This will help them curtail consumption eventually. Given that every time they crave a cigarette, he’ll have to make an effort to leave his comfort zone to puff on a cigarette. Making the lure of a cigarette eventually lose its charm.
5. Help them track the trigger elements
Gift your partner a diary and monitor it on a daily basis if possible. Ask them to jot down every activity, mood or any trigger that prompts them to take a puff.
6. Come up with distractions
Distractions help battle cravings and withdrawal symptoms to a great extent. Find something your partner enjoys that can distract them from the cravings. Also, try to avoid going to places where there may be other smokers, such as concerts and bars.
Here are a few coping mechanisms that if cultivated can help ease the Quitting process:
- Chewing gum
- Drinking herbal tea
- Playing a game
- Eating hard but healthy foods, such as apples and carrots
- Drinking a glass of water
- Encourage Them
Your approach towards helping your partner quit must be gentle which can enable them to see you as a support system. You should behave like a wall where he can lean and not where he would feel like banging his head. Keep assuring them. You need to be consistent in your approach and motive.
- Reward Them
At times, they might lose momentum because there’s nothing to look forward to. Help them stay motivated by curating exciting rewards such as Date Nights, Weekend Trips, Gifts, Encouragement Cards and Words of Motivation
- Seek a Support Group
People in the same boat are sometimes the best motivation. Locate a support group with the same aim. This will help your partner stay motivated by sharing his journey with people who have the same mission.