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5 reasons why summer is perfect to stop smoking

Now that summer is upon us, it’s time to reflect upon all the things that make it great. Warm weather, great parties, and just all-around good vibes that we all experience. It feels like the perfect time to get rid of all the things that keep us down, such as smoking. If there ever was a time to quit, this summer might just be it.

  • Fewer reasons to worry

One of the main reasons people take up smoking is to reduce stress. Tobacco calms the nerves a tiny bit. Ask any smoker and they’ll probably tell you that a cigarette takes the edge off after a busy day or stressful event. During cold weather, you’re a lot more likely to feel stressed due to a variety of reasons. Even the air itself can feel difficult to breathe when it’s dry and cold.

When summer rolls around, you can sit back and enjoy the lovely weather. There’s something about the warm sun and fresh air that naturally relaxes people and makes them feel at peace. When it’s really hot out, there are better ways to get relaxed that smoke. A cold shower or leisurely swim will leave you feeling a lot more refreshed and they might distract you from the hot weather as well.

  • More socializing

During winter months, everyone likes to stay cooped up in their flat and enjoy some good Tv shows. However, summer is too warm and interesting for indoor activities. Going out and socializing becomes the preferable option.

A lot of people become smokers simply due to spending time with others who are smokers themselves. However, spending time with friends doesn’t have to lead to smoking, especially if you find some fun activities for everyone to do. It’s hard to slow down and have a smoke if you’re busy with something else.

  • A healthy focus

Everyone wants to have a good beach body right before the summer season starts. This also means that they have to get healthy and fit along the way. One healthy habit inspires another and you end up with a lot of inspiration to make some significant changes in your life.

One of these changes could include giving up smoking. After all, it’s not exactly the healthiest habit to have. It’s common knowledge at this point that smoking is incredibly bad for your motivation, health, and energy. So why not make use of the summer trend of healthy living and forget about cigarettes?

  • Trying new things

Summer is the good time to try out new things. People tend to become more outgoing and adventurous during the summer months, which opens up new opportunities for fun activities. It’s time to look for some new hobbies to partake in. Some people take up dancing, others find relief in a couple of hours of tending to their garden every day.

This summer, you could try your hand in something that could replace cigarettes in your life. You might be motivated to at least reduce the harmful impact that smoking has on your health. A lot of people find some solace in nicotine patches, as they can lessen the cravings for cigarettes. Others prefer to make use of healthy e cigarettes to curb cravings. It’s hard to blame them since the oils used are pretty tasty compared to cigarettes. What better way to start your summer than with a variety of fruity flavors?

  • More exercise

Warm weather seems to bring out the athlete in everyone. It’s a lot easier to work out when the temperature doesn’t force you to wear two or three layers of clothing at a time. Not to mention, having a quick run on a summer morning is one of the most pleasant experiences you can get.

It’s well known that exercise does wonders for curing addictions. The physical activity itself acts as a kind of addiction. Sports and exercises release endorphins that make you feel good, and that feeling is addictive in a way. It’s not uncommon for smokers to start exercising and replace smoking with a good workout.

You just have to get over the hurdle of starting to exercise. Until you get into the habit, it’s going to be difficult and you’ll certainly have a sore body every once in a while. It’s not an easy task, but it’s a lot more manageable when the weather is pleasant.

Conclusion

It’s pretty difficult to quit smoking cold turkey. This is especially true when you’re stressed out, busy with your job or exams, or just all around in a bad mood. Because of this, summer could help ease you into this big step towards improving your health. There are a lot of things that can distract you and they say that the first few days are the hardest. If you can pull through and replace it with something less harmful, you’re sure to be satisfied with the results.

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Written by Neil White

Neil White is a HR specialist from Sydney. He has worked in HR for over 10 years in multiple companies all over Australia. He has been interested in people his entire life and that is why the part of his job he particularly enjoys are employee relations.

He has learned a lot dealing with all kinds of people throughout his career and therefore he thinks his job is the best.

“Seeing your coworkers grow because of something you suggested them is brilliant. That is why I decided to spread my knowledge to every employee I could possible reach out to.”

 

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