Stress is the number one excuse we hear behind smoking. We all know that smoking is not good for your health. Check the cover of your cigarettes, you could see some reminders that smoking is dangerous for your health. Cigarettes companies are required to put that on their packaging to keep reminding people of the consequences it can do to your health. If you are planning to quit and having a hard time, you’re not alone.
What to Expect
When you are a chain smoker, you got a constant supply of nicotine in your body. Withdrawing from nicotine might cause you to experience some symptoms. This is normal. And they symptoms might be different depending on the patient. Some experience headache, chills, nauseousness, and short temper. Knowing what to expect prepares you to what lies ahead. You are on the right track. Deciding to quit smoking is a good thing.
Go Slowly But Surely
If you can stop smoking with your willpower then good for you. If not, try the slowly but surely method. You’ll have to limit your smoking day by day. It allows your body to be prepared instead of eliminating the destructive habit right away. Start by eliminating one stick per day until you can tolerate moving on with your day without cigarettes.
Remind Yourself of Why You are Quitting
When you are at the phase wherein there is great temptation to smoke another stick, remind yourself of the reasons why you are quitting. We interviewed people who went through the process of quitting smoking, and here are the top 3 reasons why they stopped:
Someone in the family died because of lung cancer caused by excessive smoking.
They don’t like the after effects of smoking such as bad breath, dry skin, and yellowing of teeth.
They want to live longer life for the sake of their children.
Find Other Ways to Relieve Stress
Smoking is an acquired habit, you are not born with it which means you have the power to eliminate it. Smoker say that it allows them to think and keep stress at bay. To totally eliminate this destructive habit, you have to find ways on how you can keep yourself busy. We find breathing exercise helps. By doing simple breathing exercise you divert your mind to something else. It improves your blood circulation and allows you to pause for a moment which is an effective way to shake the stress away.
We understand that there might be things that you are uncomfortable to share with your doctor. It’s your personal life after all. However, not telling everything to your doctor comes with consequences which could affect your health . So what is the preferred communication between a patient and a doctor?
Everything Should Remain Private
Most patients fear that if they tell the truth, their doctor might judge them. Let us remind you that doctors aren’t there to gossip about you. They don’t work for media. Doctors are asking you questions because these questions are related to your health. The answers you give them could lead them to the right diagnosis of what’s wrong with you and how to treat it. Every doctors sworn an oath that anything that a patient discuss should be private. If they did, then they will surely lose their license, their bread and butter.
When your doctor tells you that you have to go on a surgery, you have the right to say no. A patient should convey right away his/her disagreement in order to find out if there is an alternative method. When it comes to successful doctor and patient relationship, honesty is the best policy. This is really important because they might prescribe you a medication that may become harmful for you because you didn’t tell him about your allergies. Another example would be, forgetting to take the pills they prescribed you on a regular basis. If you are forgetful at least be honest, so your doctor can find out another way to help you.
The Right for a Second Opinion
Doctors cannot pressure you to follow what they suggest. You can be submissive but by any chance that you have doubts about your doctor’s diagnosis, exhaust the option for a second opinion. This happens and your doctor should be understanding about this.
Partnership to Create Wellness
Always remember that your doctor is not the enemy but rather your illness. Remember that your doctor is there to be your ally in combating that illness or disease that’s bothering you. There were some thinking that doctors only care for money. We can’t look at them that way, otherwise there would be no trust. You’ll end up giving him the wrong details about your habits, health, symptoms and other medical history. Before going to a practitioner, ask people for their recommendation of who is the best doctor who can work with you. Hospitals are not exempted in our uniqueness and individual preferences. So if it is your first time meeting that doctor, it would be best to get some feedback from previous patients.