1.Why Should You Stop smoking?
You may have resolved to quit smoking but what will motivate you to do so? Without the will and motivation, chances of succeeding are reduced. List the reasons on paper and go through it often to stay on track.
2. Decide on time lines
Decide early on the date you will quit. Inform your family and friends. Let your workmates know as well. Having the support of those around you will make a big difference. They can keep you going and make sure you do not fall off the wagon.
3. Make use of aids like Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT)
When you have decided to stop smoking, your resolve may be strong and you may believe you can do it cold turkey. It would however not be wise to take this approach. Most of those who take this approach end up relapsing. This is because nicotine is very addictive and the brain becomes completely reliant on it and the body tends to react to the lack of it with withdrawal symptoms. This can be very frustrating and depressing. It helps a lot to use lozenges, gum and nicotine patches. They could even double your chances of quitting.
4. Deal with the stress
Quitting is stressful. One reason people smoke is to release tension so trying to quit really heightens stress levels. Make an attempt to avoid stressful situations as much as possible. Take up relaxing leisure activities and take up exercise such as yoga.
5.Avoid Trigger Factors
Some situations will cause serious craving for a cigarette. One of the most common triggers is drinking alcohol as a lot of people tend to smoke as they drink. Keep away from the pub for at least a few weeks after you decide to quit. Coffee is another beverage people tend to drink as they take a puff. Avoid it and replace it with a lot of water and drinks that are free of caffeine like herbal tea and fruit juice.
6. Give yourself a gift
There are several health benefits of quitting smoking. There is also the financial benefit of all the money that one will save. Put it all together and see how much it all adds up to. It will serve as a reminder of all the money the habit was costing you. Take it and reward yourself with a treat for your decision to stop smoking and your resolve to stick with it.
7.Keep the pounds off!
Quitting smoking is hard enough but many ex-smokers are saddled with the fear and reality of weight gain. This is due to an increase in appetite when you stop smoking. Make a concerted effort to eat healthily and avoid those foods high in fat and sugar such as fast food. Eat more vegetables and replace that chocolate snack bar with a piece of fruit.
8. No matter how hard it is
It is fairly common for those smokers trying to quit to relapse a some point. In fact it is not uncommon for this to happen on more than one occasion. Don’t despair learn from your mistakes and discover the reasons that caused you to falter. Think it through and next time you will be stronger. Now set a new date and reaffirm your commitment to quitting.
9.Self Help Groups
It helps a lot to get all the support possible in order to quit smoking. Ask a health care provider like a doctor or pharmacist to direct you to a support group. They are very effective at helping people to quit. There are also online forums that you can log onto any time you need to get support. You can find others in the same position and you can help each other to stay strong.
10.And Finally…. Think Positively.
If you stay positive, then you will most likely succeed at quitting forever. Harboring doubts will not help and will bring your willpower down. In the thick of things, urge yourself on. Fight temptation and focus on something else. Believe that you can do it and you will.