In today’s article, I will tell you how to stop smoking. I will provide some advice that should be sufficient to help you stop smoking. If you are reading this article, you have probably already decided to stop smoking. Anyway, I will start with urging you to think about stopping smoking. It is not enough to only decide that you will stop smoking. It is very important for you to realize the reasons behind your decision. These reasons will provide you some psychological help in hard times to come. You should also know and fully understand that it is almost impossible to stop smoking over night. Smoking cigarettes containing nicotine is an addiction. Most people are not strong enough to overcome addiction over night. It takes some time. Please be careful and rather avoid any tips telling you how to stop smoking over night. It is always better to stop smoking safely and succeed than try to stop fast and fail. Failure will probably make you try it several more times, but if you fail again, it may make you think that you just cannot stop smoking. This is not true. You can and in this article I will tell you how to stop smoking. So, let’s begin.
Think about it
As I have already written, just think about all your reasons why to stop smoking.
Prepare and plan
It is almost impossible to succeed quitting smoking without a good plan. You need to psychically prepare for the quitting period and to plan every step. It is important to realize that there will be some withdrawal symptoms that will make you feel bad. It will be a hard time. It may take from few days up to few weeks. You will not succeed with stopping smoking if you do not prepare for this in advance.
Lower the amount of cigarettes
This step is important for heavy smokers. There is no point in lowering the amount of cigarettes you smoke every day if you are smoking only 3 – 5 per day. However, if you smoke more of them, I advise you to start the process of quitting smoking with lowering the amounts you smoke. It will take you more time to stop smoking, but you have much higher chances of succeeding. Also, your withdrawal symptoms should not be so strong this way.
Get rid of cigarettes and things related to them
Finally, you are prepared to stop smoking. Get rid of all cigarettes you have at home and your workplace. You should also get rid of other things that are closely connected to smoking (like lighters, matches, etc.). This step is important for most people. Some people may argue that having cigarettes in sight help then to avoid starting smoking again. However, most people are only tempted by them and at some point they cannot withstand it anymore. Having cigarettes at home should not do any harm after you overcome withdrawal symptoms. However, I strongly recommend not having them. They will just tempt you.
Few tips at the end
Now I will provide few tips that will help you overcome withdrawal symptoms and temptation to start smoking in few weeks or months after stopping.
Avoid places such as pubs are. You can be almost 100% sure that you will encounter smoking people in the pubs. There is usually a lot of cigarette smoke in the air. Visiting such a place will make you tempted to start smoking again.
Do exercise. Doing exercise will surely help you a lot. It will improve your physical condition and make you feel better. Exercising will also help you with easing the stress. And you can surely become nervous after stopping smoking.
Drink a lot of water. Drinking a lot of water will supplement liquids you lose during exercise. It also helps your body to get rid of toxins.
Eat the food you enjoy. Eating something you like will also help you to ease the stress. However, if you start eating too much, you should also do a lot of exercise. Otherwise you will gain weight and that is also a bad thing. Losing weight afterwards is also a hard thing to do.
Think positive. If you do not succeed stopping smoking for the first time, do not think about your failure. Most smokers do not succeed quitting smoking at their first try. Just try it again.
Avoid stress. Avoiding stress is one of the most important things. Most smokers become nervous after they stop smoking. It is possible to overcome that stress. However, if you do not avoid stressful situations, it will be much harder. You should also stop stressing about everything. If politics stresses you, then do not watch the news …
Find a hobby. Finding something that will occupy your mind is also a very good idea. You will have less time to think about cigarettes and withdrawal symptoms. It will also help you ease the stress. However, be careful about what you choose as your hobby. Going fishing might not be the best idea.
So, that’s all for today’s article. I hope that I provided satisfactory answer for the question “How to stop smoking?” If you find this article useful, please leave a comment. I thank you in advance.
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