It’s true: Life as a working professional is not easy with a whole lot of problems to deal with both at work and at home. And often, in these circumstances, what perhaps began as just an experiment or a fashion fad in your college days becomes your go-to stress buster, your mantra to keep your head sane: Smoking!

But the problem is, as we all know, smoking creates more problems in the long-term than it solves in the short-term. Quitting the habit of compulsive smoking is the best thing you can do to your health. There are different ways to do it. Depending on the history and the resilience of the smoker, the time taken to finally quit may range from a week to many months or even years.

For the ones who are likely to take more time to quit, the picture’s not as glum as it seems.Thankfully, there are many efficacious techniques and tips that help one overcome dependency on smoking gradually over time:

1. Professional Help:

If the problem is too severe, if you’re a self-confessed chain-smoker, then it is always best to approach a specialist. There are a lot of quit-smoking programs and societies whose services you can use. Besides, doctors and psychiatrists can come into the picture as well. Remember that there is nothing wrong about approaching these specialists over an addiction that may seem not worthy of seeing a doctor for, but can ruin lives if not contained at the right time.

2. Family and Friends:

Even if the problem is not as severe as the above, getting people involved always helps. Tell your family, friends and colleagues about your plans so that keep a watch on your efforts whenever they can. You could also join a quit-smoking group with fellow smokers who wish to quit.

3. Some Handy Tips:

There are some time-tested ways that will help you quit, though not instantly. But they make sure that in the time between your starting them and finally quitting smoking, the damage done to you by smoking is far lesser than earlier.

So, here are a few handy tips for you:

a. Smoking a single cigarette for only half the amount of time as earlier and throwing the remaining part into the bin.

b. Smoking the first cigarette later in the day compared to earlier and smoking the last one earlier in the evening compared to earlier.

c. Pick a time when you regularly smoke every day and substitute smoking with some physical activity during this time.

d. Avoiding people or situations or places that induce you into smoking automatically.

4. Stress Management:

A very important thing! Don’t underestimate the effects it has on you. Work towards controlling your high stress levels. Stress was one of the primary reasons you got hooked on to smoking in the first place, unknowingly or unknowingly.

Physical Exercise, Nature therapy, spending time with loved ones, Corporate Yoga, etc. can go a long way in this regard and work wonders.

What do you think?