Wanting to quit smoking and succeeding at quitting are two very different things. If only it were that easy! But, as you know, it’s not easy. Set yourself up for success with a little knowledge, a lot of motivation and a serious plan.
Smoking has a tight grip on you, so you’re probably not going to be able to just drop it cold turkey. Psyche yourself up for it! Talk to yourself the way a coach would talk to his players–and do this all the time. Your mind is made up that you’re hooked and quitting will be difficult, so you’ve got to work to convince yourself that you can in fact succeed.
Each smoker is different, and not all methods of quitting work the same. Get your eyes on some literature and learn how other people have done it. Chances are good that you will encounter similar situations to your own and when you relate, take notes! While this will not be easy, others can show you how it’s possible and you can adopt their tricks to succeed yourself.
Find a forum where you feel comfortable and sign up as a member. Introduce yourself and state your intentions of quitting. You will be welcomed and encouraged, which gives you a good feeling and also helps you to commit to the process. The people you engage will be in the same position as you, or they will be successful quitters. Either way, they will give you tips and support along the way that can mean the difference between lighting up and resisting temptation! Put in regular appearances on this forum, even if you slip up. Admit to it, and ask for advice. Make valuable connections with those who are more than happy to help you become an ex.
Since you’ve probably grown very accustom to that cigarette between your fingers, you’re going to need something else to do with your hands as you go through the process of quitting. Use a healthy snack you can nibble, like carrot or celery sticks, or go head over heals into a new hobby, like pottery or painting. Make sure whatever you choose will keep your hands busy and your mind occupied, because cigarettes has a hold over both! Preferably, your replacement habit can only happen in a non-smoking environment, meaning you’ll be forced not to smoke for a period of time.
When you feel the urge to smoke, go for a walk. Move briskly to get your heart rate up, and you’ll probably start to feel that familiar wheezing going on. Your health has already been compromised by cigarettes! Learn to control your breathing as you walk, being very aware as you move along. Walking will help to keep weight off when you quit, and start clearing out those poor lungs. It will also give you a few minutes to unwind and work off stress–something essential to quitting.
Once you’ve made your mind up and feel ready, give yourself a full week. Between now and that quit date, smoke with a real awareness. An awareness about why you do it and why you need to stop. Over the course of the week, mentally gear up. You know you want this, and you know you can do it!
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