Although you’ve probably heard a number of people complain about how difficult it is to quit smoking, a lot of those complaints stem from the fact that few people know how to do it successfully. With stopping smoking, as with most things, knowledge is power. No matter how long you’ve been a smoker or how much you smoke per day, the tips you’re about to read can help you stop.
Make sure you have the right attitude. You can not take quitting as a deprivation. Instead, think of this process as a favor that you are doing for yourself. By quitting you are helping your body and making a healthier change that will in turn lead to a healthier happier you!
When you smoke, you sometimes are just obsessed with the feeling of having something in your mouth. This can be replaced with a less dangerous habit such as chewing gum or eating candy. Anytime you feel like smoking, just have a piece of hard candy or chew a stick of gum.
Though aversion therapies have gotten a bad rap recently, they do sometimes work in helping you to stop smoking. They do not need to be extravagant methods and you don’t need to pay a therapist to employ aversion techniques. Try the simple things, such as permeating your favorite sweater with the smoke from that last cigarette you smoke. Then reach for it after not smoking for a day or two; you will be appalled at the offensive odor that you have been subjecting yourself and others to on a daily basis.
Taper down your smoking. This is the first step in your journey on the way to quitting, and even cutting back a little can give you a boost of confidence and motivation. When you first wake up each morning, try to be up for at least one hour before you light up the first cigarette of the day. Try smoking just half a cigarette when you do smoke to cut down a little at a time.
Once you get to the point that you should be done smoking altogether, throw away any extra tobacco products. This reduces the temptation to have “just one more cigarette.” You should also get rid of any cigarette paraphernalia that could trigger cravings, including everything from a favorite lighter to ashtrays to your old butts.
Choose the date that you will quit and write it on the calendar. After you’ve done this, tell your friends and family. Choosing your quit date makes your goal more specific and real so that you’re more likely to take action towards it. It’s harder to change your mind once you’ve made a commitment, and other people can help support you if they know about your quit date.
You should now realize how important it is for you to learn as much about quitting smoking as you possibly can. When you know what works and what doesn’t, quitting becomes easier. Apply what you’ve learned in the article above, and you should find success at quitting smoking.