For those trying to quit smoking, it can be a tough road. Many of the people who try to quit fail and go back smoking the same as they always did. If you are ready to quit smoking or you have tried before and failed, then the following bits of advice are for you.
These are the best kernels of wisdom to help you quit your smoking once and for all. One or all of them could be the key to helping you rid yourself of the addiction for good.
Don’t Quite All At Once
It’s tempting to go cold turkey, but this is by far the hardest way to try to quit. When most people think about quitting, especially for the first time, they believe that their willpower is so strong that they will be able to just make themselves quit and never look back. But addiction never lets you off that easily. If you try to quit smoking entirely, then you likely won’t have much success.
Instead, try to wean yourself off of the smoking gradually. Use patches, cut down the number of cigarettes you smoke each day and just cut back your nicotine intake in general. As you reduce the nicotine levels in your body, it will become easier and easier to finally quit for good.
You have to know why you are quitting; otherwise you will just revert back to using your cigarettes as a crutch. You have to stick to a reason for quitting and make that the central part of your efforts. Whether you are quitting for your health, for your wallet or for your family, you need to make that motivation ever present.
Constantly remind yourself of why you are quitting and give yourself the motivation you need to persevere. If you are quitting for your health, you can bookmark sites that tell horror stories of people who died from their smoking. Visit the sites every day. If you are quitting for your family, stick their picture in your car, by your bedside and anywhere you might be tempted to smoke. When you think about smoking, just look at your motivation and find encouragement.
Don’t Try It Alone
Quitting smoking is hard. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that you can conquer it on your own. Most of the people who have no emotional support structure to fall back on or to hold them up fail when they try to quit. As mentioned above, your own willpower likely won’t be enough to push you across the finish line.
Instead, tell your friends, family and loved ones about what you are trying to do. Ask them to assist you in quitting by monitoring you, keeping you away from opportunities to smoke and being available for you to talk to them about what you are going through.
You may also want to consider a group therapy method. Try to find others who are attempting to quit their smoking and gain support from them. This can help you to be able to share your experiences with others who are going through similar struggles.
Handle Your Stress
When you try to quit smoking, one of the worst side effects you will likely experience is that of stress. The nicotine creates stress in your body and then requires that you use more nicotine to calm that stress. So you will need to find suitable outlets for your stress and attempt to soothe it.
Many people listen to relaxing music, meditate, have massages, play video games or engage in sports. Some of these release dopamine into the brain to satiate the pleasure centers, relieving the stress. The rest of these activities help to reduce the chemicals that create stress and return the body to its normal chemical balance.
Remove the Triggers and Reminders of Smoking
When you try to quit smoking, you may find that it is very difficult to do so when you are around the places you normally smoke. Your house and vehicle probably smell heavily of smoke. That smell is going to remind you of what you are missing, and it will definitely help to get rid of those reminders.
You can do so by cleaning your house and vehicle thoroughly. You want to use odor neutralizers to get rid of the scent and upholstery cleaners to get the chemicals out of the leather and cloth materials.
Once you have chased the smell away, it will be much easier to resist the siren call of nicotine.