Following are some helpful tips that will help you quit smoking for good.
Quitting smoking is not the easiest of things; some scientists have even remarked that it is more addictive than heroin.
And this of course, highlights how hard it can be to stay committed to the cause and to remain on path of being the much sought after non smoker.
Hopefully the following helpful tips to quit smoking will be of benefit to you so you either quit or you stay committed to the healthy path of being a non smoker.
Planning Your Quit Smoking Target Date
There has been a few studies that suggest that people are more likely to quit successfully if they plan ahead and quit on a Monday – the start of the week.
For some reason, people like the notion of being able to start a week afresh. This also perhaps highlights why people attempt to quit on New Year’s Day as it is a new year. What’s important is that you do pick a date, preferably a Monday, and start to brainstorm and plan ahead for this day and beyond.
- What will you be doing on that Monday to make it easier to stop?
- Will you avoid social occasions in that first week or will you use those occasions to desensitize yourself from smoking and being social?
- How will you reward yourself in that first week?
Boost Your Morale
Rewarding yourself is of high importance.
Sometimes quitting smoking can be so “painful” that you’ll need to boost your morale so that you remain committed to the cause. Getting a massage, or going out for dinner are some positive ways to feel better.
The withdrawal process can sometimes throw up all sorts of conditions, from headaches, to nausea. The more time you spend working on feeling good will limit the impact of this natural detoxifying period that starts just after quitting.
Go see your doctor to make sure there is no antismoking medication that you can take that can help the process. There are several drugs on the market today that have been designed to help a person quit smoking – to reduce the power of the cravings so that quitting can be done with more ease. For those who are weary of pharmaceutical side effects, there are stop smoking herbs that have no known side effects.
Leading up to your quitting day, have your cars and house deodorized and you can begin the process of cutting down by not smoking in these areas.
You’ll enjoy the fresh smelling car and cigarette smell free house and this will create a barrier between you and smoking in these areas as you won’t want to muck up the nice smell that now exists.
Understand that every former smoker is just one puff away from becoming a packet a day smoker once more. A non smoker cannot have one more puff, EVER. Knowing this and understanding this will give you a greater ability to say no to cigarettes now and in the future.
With that said, avoid using certain words and meanings to avoid putting too much pressure on yourself. Avoid such internal dialogue that includes “forever”.
It is much harder to quit smoking “forever” than it is to quit smoking “for this year.” Make your emotional environment more manageable by setting realistic goals that give you a greater chance of long term success.
If you need to stop smoking by saying “this week is my perfect week – I’m not going to eat junk nor smoke for this perfect week” – All the better.
Additional Quit Support
Learn a craving busting technique such as deep breathing. Deep breathing and or self hypnosis can release and or reduce stress making it easier to last through the cravings.
Avoid coffee and tea and other forms of caffeine products. There are some studies which suggest that caffeine increases the propensity of cravings.
Further to that, most smokers have a coffee and a cigarette together, if you stop doing one, but continue the other, it’ll be clear to some part of your system that something is wrong and will yearn and send signals for a cigarette (or in short, drinking coffee=increased cravings).
Hold Consciously the Stop Smoking Benefits
Write down all the benefits you’ll receive by being a non smoker and carry a list of these benefits around with you in your wallet or purse.
Anytime you get a craving or feel a need to smoke, you can simply read the list and you’ll feel a lot better instantaneously knowing you’re on the path!
I hope this little tip sheet has been of some benefit to you. Best of Luck!