Quitting smoking may be the most challenging obstacle that you will ever have to overcome.
But the benefit of kicking the habit is going to last you a life time. It may just save your life! Quitting is tough. But it is not impossible and many others have succeeded.
Before you even begin this journey, you need to make a firm decision that: You Are Going to Quit Smoking.
Making a firm DECISION and you have already gain some leverage to succeed in your endeavor. These are some of the useful tips to help you:
DON’T GO TO PLACES WHERE PEOPLE SMOKE.
You no longer belong to the smoking crowd. Don’t go there. Don’t hang out with smokers. Ask your friends, family members and colleagues not to smoke around you.
You are now allergic to cigarette. You belong to the No-Smoking Zone.
CREATE HEALTHY AND EFFECTIVE DISTRACTION.
Old habit die hard and it is going to take time before a new one takes over. Meanwhile, you need to keep busy and distract yourself from the thought of cigarette. Create healthy and effective activities for your mind to focus on and fully engage in.
For some people, smoking is simply a “time filler”. If you no longer need to fill that time, quitting may come a lot easier.
Go shopping. Go for a walk. Rearrange your room. Do gardening. Sign up for yoga. Go jogging.
Exercise is a good distraction as it will build up your body while effectively reduces nicotine cravings. Exercise also help you feel good which is already a strong motivation by itself.
ASK FOR SUPPORT FROM FRIEND AND FAMILY
Quitting smoking can be extremely challenging and you will be going through hell during this period. You need to tell your family and close friends of your challenge so that they can support and encourage you when the going get tough.
DON’T GIVE UP
There will be time that you want to give up. You may even have a couple of relapse to pick up another cigarette or just to take another puff.
This DOES NOT mean you have failed. It is simply part of the journey.
You are not done until you quit.
Forgive yourself and move on.
CELEBRATE SMALL VICTORIES
Look out for small victories and mark each mile stone of success. Celebrate little progress you have made. Give yourself a pat and a treat to celebrate each week of your staying on the no smoking path. Reward yourself with a good meal or a good movie. Feel the clean air inside you. Feel good.
YOU CAN QUIT SMOKING
Anyone can learn how to stop smoking. Bit only the one who had firmly set their mind to quit will succeed. It is not the method. It is your mind. Your determination.
Learning how to stop smoking take perseverance of the highest kind. DECIDE that you want to live your life smoke-free and you will succeed.