When you’re considering oxygen therapy as a smoker, your doctor may strongly recommend that you start using an oxygen concentrator. Unfortunately, you can’t smoke while using your device, or else that will be counterproductive, and it can be dangerous. Not to worry, we’ll show you how you can quit smoking so you’ll get the most out of your oxygen concentrator.
The First Few Days Will Be Tough
This is extremely important to keep in mind. Breaking any habit like smoking will be an uphill battle. You may feel irritable, slow, fatigued, and depressed. The best thing to do is to find a support group to motivate you to stay on track. The motivation you receive and the anecdotes you’ll hear from members will help you relate to the struggle of quitting nicotine and that you’re not alone in this journey.
Most of the time when people break out a cigarette, it’s usually triggered by an external source, such as people, places, food, or routines. Try to avoid such situations that make you want to reach for a cigarette by writing them down on a sticky note to place on your medicine cabinet, for example, so you’ll always see these triggers. Do this for at least three months to help break the habit.
Pick Up a New Hobby
When it comes time to quit smoking, you may have to start a new hobby to help distract you from the withdrawals. Having a hobby will preoccupy your mind if you may be craving a smoke break. Pick up hobbies that keep your hands busy like knitting, writing, walking the dog, etc.
Another way to help you quit smoking is to find an alternative for nicotine. There are products like nicotine patches, gums, inhalers, sprays, and lozenges. These alternatives help provide the nicotine you may be craving, but without the tobacco.
If nicotine replacement therapy isn’t working too well for you, you can try consulting your doctor for prescription medication. He or she may prescribe medication like bupropion and varenicline to help combat your nicotine cravings and pacify your withdrawal symptoms.
If there’s one way to help you stay on the path to quit smoking, it’s by rewarding yourself. This positive reinforcement will motivate you to reach the next milestone of your journey. What you’re doing isn’t simple, so treating yourself to little rewards helps make the process easier for you.
To quit smoking can be quite a challenge; however, you must keep in mind that you’re doing this for your health and to be safe while using your oxygen concentrator. Want to learn more about how to quit smoking, about our inventory or just portable oxygen concentrators in general? Feel free to contact us for any questions or advice.