There are so many ways for you to quit smoking. The biggest part of quitting smoking is determining which option to choose to finally quit. The smoking cessation business is booming and now has dozens if not hundreds of choices for smokers to quit smoking. Whether it be a step by step program, hypnotism, a procedure, gum, patches, lozenges, sprays, and all kinds of cockamamie ways to quit.
Who knows, maybe one of those off the wall ways to quit smoking will actually work for you. Try any of the options you wish, just remember to research each one before going through with it. You don’t want to do more harm to yourself than good. Listed below are 10 simple tips to get you on the right track to a healthier lifestyle by not smoking.
Tip 1. Answer the question of why you want to quit. Most people agree that the number one reason to quit is because of health. But, oddly enough, that often isn’t enough to convince a person to actually quit smoking. We all know that we could be killed in a car wreck tomorrow, that doesn’t make us quit driving.
So, for some, they need more reasoning than just the health parts. Decide what the most important reason for YOU to quit smoking. Use this reason to remind yourself later when you may want to give up on quitting smoking.
Tip 2. Make a plan. This involves setting a date that you plan to quit smoking. Monday may not be a good idea, but, to each his own. Decide what day you are going to quit and circle it on the calendar.
Tell everybody that is the day you are going to quit smoking. When that day rolls around make sure you have cleared your house of any tobacco related products. You won’t need them anymore and they will only serve as a reminder and a temptation.
Tip 3. Reward yourself for a job well done. Once you make it past the first 24 hours of not having a cigarette do something nice for yourself. It doesn’t matter what the reward is so long as it isn’t a cigarette or something equally as unhealthy as a cigarette.
You don’t want to replace one harmful addiction with another harmful addiction. Set up a reward system for each time you meet one of your goals. Your 24 hour goal, your 48 hour goal, you one week, one month, and so on goals that you meet.
Tip 4. Punish yourself when you slip up. Corporal punishment isn’t necessary, but, limiting yourself in some way may help.
For instance, if you slipped up and smoked a cigarette on your second day maybe you could discipline yourself by not allowing yourself to get your nails done like you had planned. You might quit slipping up once your nails look like a checkerboard.
Tip 5. It is important to know why you started smoking and why you continued to smoke. Once you have figured that out it will be easier to know what to focus on while you are quitting.
Did you smoke because of stress? If so, find ways to deal with stress that don’t involve smoking. If you smoke out of boredom, find something to do. Take up a hobby or something that will keep you busy.
If you smoked because of the addiction to nicotine you need to either understand that the withdrawals from nicotine should only last about a week because it only takes about 4 days for all the nicotine in your body to escape. If you cannot handle the withdrawals you may want to look in to Nicotine Replacement therapies such as nicotine gum, nicotine patches, and nicotine lozenges.
f you smoked because of depression, your ability to quit may be greatly increased if you can find ways to deal with your depression. Talking to your doctor may be very beneficial. Your doctor may suggest an antidepressant or therapy sessions.
Tip 6. Get all quit smoking buddy. Find somebody who is quitting smoking too to join you in your journey. This buddy system will help keep the two of you accountable. You could even make a competition out of it. Nobody will want to lose and you both will be healthier because of it.
Tip 7. Get all of the support you can. Family and friends will go a long way in helping you become smoke free. Try not to surround yourself with negative people. Friends and family that are not ready to quit smoking themselves may inhibit your ability quit.
In contrast, being around people who don’t know stopping the addiction feels like may not be much help either. Some non-smokers may judge you for what they perceive as weakness as you tell them how hard it is for you to quit. Find supportive people to surround yourself with, whether they are smokers or not. You may even be better off finding an online friend to quit with.
Tip 8. Stay busy. Idle hands are the devils playground. Part of your addiction may be the habit of literally smoking. The physical act of smoking is also addictive, so, when you take away cigarettes you take away that habit. Find something else to do with your hands. Knitting, emailing friends, writing a letter, it doesn’t really matter. A stress ball can do wonders when the urge to smoke occurs.
Tip 9. Get a good night’s sleep. It is possible and likely that you are going to be a bit cranky as your body adjusts to not having the nicotine. Having a poor night’s sleep will only worsen your mood. Practice some breathing exercises before bed or meditation.
Tip 10. The most important thing anyone can tell you is that you need to have confidence in your ability to quit for good. You have to believe that you are going to quit and you most likely will.
If you go into the process of quitting thinking you cannot follow through with it, then, you probably won’t. Believe in yourself. Others have quit smoking successfully and so can you!