Why do you want to stop smoking? Write down all your reasons and constantly remind yourself your mission. Set a specific date to stop smoking and stick to it. It would also be a good idea to plan your actions. Do you smoke heavily at work? Stop smoking during your vacation.
Think about why you started smoking in the first place. Was it to calm yourself and relieve stress? You’ll need to find something else to replace smoking and still be able to obtain those effects. You can try exercising, running, self-massages or some other relaxation techniques, try to replace your old habits with new ones. Did you start smoking because everyone else around you was doing it? Ask them to stop smoking around you.
Slowly cut down on the number of cigarettes you smoke daily. Smoke only half of cigarette or smoke only on odd hours of the day. If you feel like having a smoke, wait it out for another hour. Tell yourself you’ll only smoke a certain number of cigarettes per day. Get sloppy when buying your next pack of cigarettes. When you feel comfortable about dedicating yourself to quit smoking completely, take the big step and never look back.
Talk to your friends and family about quitting smoking. Their support will motivate you to succeed. You can also join online forums and meet people who go through the same experience as you.
Switch brands to something you find awful. Make every cigarette you put in your mouth a torment on your soul. Yes, sado-masochism does have its uses.
Nicotine withdrawal symptoms can be really bad. The urge to take just one puff can be unbearable. If you are willing to spend some cash on this you can also try some of the following products. Nicotine replacement products such as patches, nicotine gum or lozenges are said to double the caches of success. Just don’t use them while smoking. Another product which is said to have very good results is the electric cigarette. Such products are battery powered devices meant to imitate real cigars. They do have some levels of nicotine in them, but there is no smoke or tobacco involved. And think about it this way, after investing some money into your quitting plan, you’ll feel more reluctant to fall back into smoking.
Burning some calories can get you a long way. Exercises can calm you and reduce the craving for nicotine. It can also help you reduce the weight gain caused in some cases by smoke quitting process.
Submit yourself to a healthy diet. Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. Bananas, oranges, grapefruits, apples, broccoli will all make cigarettes taste terrible.
The first two days are the most difficult. Reward yourself from day one! Buy a little something for yourself. Do the same in second and third day. After a week… throw a party! You should celebrate. After all, you are half way there.
It’s very common to fail. It’s not the end of the world if you couldn’t do it for the first time. Just try again, and again, and again. Learn from your mistakes, don’t give up and you will eventually make it to a smoke free life. Any other tips you would like to share with us to help others stop smoking? We would love to hear from you.