So you’ve decided it’s time to give up that nasty smoking habit. Good for you! Making the decision to quit smoking is one of the wisest you will make in your lifetime, and probably one of the hardest.
If you’re looking for some handy hints on where to go from here, read on.
Be sure that when you’re trying to quit smoking that you try to limit beverages that make you crave tobacco. For some people this means cutting back on coffee or alcohol. If you consume these drinks you might feel urges to smoke, especially with alcohol. Stay away from these things or limit your intake for a while if you’re quitting smoking.
Many smokers have certain triggers that create the sudden need for a cigarette, such as feeling stressed, ending a meal, or being at a certain location. When you are trying to quit, avoid these triggers if you can. If you can’t avoid them, come up with some way to distract yourself from the need to smoke.
Once you commit to quitting smoking, give your home, car and other personal spaces and effects a thorough cleaning. Smelling smoke will only make you want to smoke. Likewise, your sense of smell will improve the longer you go without smoking, and cleaning will give you a chance to appreciate just how bad the smoke made your items smell.
Smoking is a habit and habits are ingrained mostly in the mind. There are some real physical discomforts resulting from nicotine withdrawal, but the first step of quitting is to really want to. First you must be absolutely convinced that you want to stop smoking, and after that quitting will be easier.
Make a plan for how you will stop smoking and follow through with it. If you prefer to go cold-turkey, realize that this will be difficult and that you must prepare for it. Try to adjust your schedule if the emotional aspects of smoking cessation will potentially affect important business deals or family plans. However, you do not want to be idle, so plan carefully.
Replace your pack of cigarettes with an electronic cigarette. Many former smokers have found success with these devices, which work by vaporizing a liquid that contains nicotine. When the user exhales, the cloud looks just like smoke, but it’s actually vapor. Using one of these devices can make it much easier to quit smoking, since it simulates the act so effectively.
As was previously said, quitting smoking is not an overnight process. There is not, unfortunately, an on/off switch when it comes to this habit. But it can achieved with some patience, perseverance, and a lot of faith. One day at a time and soon you will be proudly announcing to all that you are a non-smoker.