Smoking is a habit that many people find hard to quit, but the benefits of doing so are immense. Seeing that it has many adverse effects on your lungs, heart, and the people and pets around you, there’s plenty of reason to stop smoking.
Aside from the clear health benefits, quitting smoking not only improves your health but also boosts your productivity in various ways.
One of the most noticeable effects of quitting smoking is feeling less tired and more energetic. Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen that reaches your cells, making you feel sluggish and lethargic.
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Furthermore, smoking also disrupts your sleep quality, which affects your mood and concentration. By quitting smoking, you allow your body to breathe better and sleep deeper, which means you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day.
Enhanced Cognitive Function
Another benefit of quitting smoking is improving your cognitive function, such as memory, attention, and problem-solving. Smoking damages your brain cells and impairs your blood flow to the brain, which can lead to cognitive decline and dementia.
You might have noticed your stress levels increasing after you smoke, a symptom of withdrawal. While it might seem relaxing for some smokers to consume tobacco, what it actually does is interfere with your mental clarity and focus.
By quitting smoking, you protect your brain from harm and reduce your stress, which helps you think faster and smarter.
Better Time Management
Quitting smoking also helps you manage your time better and be more efficient. Smoking takes you away from your work and distracts you from your goals.
Consuming tobacco also affects your decision-making and planning skills, making you procrastinate and miss deadlines because you lack the energy and mindset to perform your daily tasks.
By quitting smoking, you free up more time for your work and other activities, and you become more organized and disciplined. As you keep on achieving your objectives, you become much more confident that you have the capability to reach your goals now that you’ve kicked your smoking habit.
Quitting smoking can boost your creativity and innovation. Contrary to popular opinion (and optics) smoking might make you look cool as a musician or artist, but it does little to contribute to your innate talents.
When you quit smoking, your cognitive capabilities and five senses greatly improve. It improves your perception of colors, sounds, and textures. Your senses are highly important to finding aesthetic appreciation and inspiration from various sources.
Furthermore, once you start meditating and improving your environment by eliminating the undesirable environment that cigarette smoke creates, you have room to let your creativity and imagination run as far as they can go – translating into talent that you have that you might never have known before.
It’s Easier to Quit Today
Quitting smoking can make you much more productive as your cognition and mental and physical capabilities improve over time. If you’d like to quit but are not sure where to start, here are a few steps to help you kick out the habit for good.
Go Through First-Line Solutions First
Some motivated smokers can handle cold turkey just fine and see success within a few tries, but oftentimes, smokers have strong withdrawals that can draw them back to lighting a stick.
That’s where nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products come in. These are readily available and stocked at your local pharmacy.
NRT products are the most trusted quitting option available for motivated smokers. They might not imitate cigarettes, but they contain a small dose of nicotine that may be enough to alleviate your withdrawals. These come in the form of patches and gums for easy and convenient nicotine delivery.
While NRTs can be effective, they don’t work for everyone. If these haven’t done the trick for you, you may now be eligible for a nicotine prescription to use nicotine vaping products (NVPs).
Chat to a GP
As mentioned, NRT products have worked for many successful ex-smokers. But, you might have ingrained behaviours and triggers that only something that mimics a cigarette can successfully address, such as the hand-to-mouth motion, and needing something to use while having a drink with friends.
That is where NVPs become very handy in helping you fight the urge to consume tobacco.
You need a nicotine prescription before you can purchase NVPs, so you’ll need to consult with a GP to help you on your smoking cessation journey.
And, if your GP deems it necessary, they can write you a nicotine prescription for NVPs.
You can chat to your usual GP to know more about this.
Visit Your Local Pharmacy
Once you have your nicotine prescription, you can pop down to your local pharmacy. Over 2,200 pharmacies across Australia hold these products in-store, but any pharmacy can order these in for you if they don’t currently stock them.
Both your pharmacist and GP can advise you on how best to use the product, such as the initial setup, and the number of puffs to take when you feel withdrawals.
Smoking and productivity never go hand-in-hand. While you might have seen geniuses consuming tobacco, it’s not the reason why they’re great at what they do and have made their mark in history.
If you have a sound mind free from the distractions of nicotine withdrawals, you can focus on your goals and achieve a life that’s healthy and fulfilled, having done everything you’ve dreamed of.
Any motivated smoker trying to quit the habit always needs a helping hand, and we’re always here to help.
Smokefree Clinic gives you access to many medically reviewed and trustworthy resources that can inform and aid you in your path to wellness, so have a look around!
If you’re ready to get started, Smokefree can connect you to Australian healthcare professionals who excel in helping patients quit smoking for good, including using responsible vaping products where appropriate.