Make A List of Pros And Cons
Make a sincere and honest list about all the reasons why you find it hard to quit smoking and the reasons why you ought to quit smoking. Think about the list over time, and make the necessary changes. Be brave and ask your family and friends about what they don’t like about your smoking habit. The more you anticipate the challenges to quitting, the better your chance of success. When the negatives of continuing the habit outweighs the positives in your mind, you are ready to quit.
Set The Date
Decide the date you’re going to start quitting and announce it to everybody. You can even draw up a contract and sign it personally as a promise to yourself. Maybe even rope in the family and friends to sign up as witnesses!
Understand You Cravings
Keep a record of your own habit a week before you quit. Write down the time of day when your cravings kick in the most. Also notch the different situations and activities which propel you towards smoking and figure out how you will avoid or counter them once the craving kicks in after quitting. Here are a few things you can try to distract yourself when the craving kicks in:
- Take a walk
- Drink a glass of water
- Talk to your partner or child
- Wash your car
- Clean out a cupboard or closet
- Have sex
- Chew a piece of gum
- Take a nap
- Get a cup of coffee or tea
- Practice your deep breathing
Make this decision at a particularly good point in your life. Research has shown that depressed or stressed individuals often tend to get back to their habits, as opposed to positive and happy people.
Throw out all smoking paraphernalia or even anything that reminds you of it. Treasured cigarette packs, gifted ash trays, fancy lighters. Ask your friends who smoke if they wouldn’t mind smoking around you for a while.
Keep all the money you save from quitting cigarettes in a jar within clear sight of you. Being reminded of the money you’re saving is one of the best ways to motivate yourself to keep at it!
Switch To A Healthy Substitute
Switch to something more healthy like green tea for your cigarette breaks. The act of brewing the tea and slowing sipping it as it cools will provide the same stress relief as a hit of nicotine. Maybe even carry cinnamon-flavoured toothpicks and suck on one whenever a cigarette craving hits.
So what’re you waiting for. Set your mind, focus, plan and eradicate this habit that is constantly undermining the status of your health. Good luck!