Smoking is a habit that may seem harmful to the smoker only, but that is far from true. In fact, some say that smoking can be more dangerous to passive smokers, even though they do not indulge in the act themselves. Therefore, it is essential to try and quit smoking not just for you, but for the safety of others around you. Luckily, not all hope is lost when it comes to quitting. There are many ways in which you can try to quit smoking.
Find a Quitting Partner
It is highly likely that you are going to find someone among family or friends who may want to quit as well. Sharing the experience can help you set goals and stick to them. Furthermore, it allows you to express how you feel with someone there to understand what you are going through. During your moments of weakness, you may be surprised to find how much strength you can derive just by knowing that someone else is going through the same thing. This will help you believe that if they can do it, so can you. Moreover, you will also become a source of support and encouragement for your quitting partner during their time of stress.
You may have tried to quit once or a few times before, but to no avail. Don’t lose heart. When it comes to quitting, it can be difficult if you think of it as not having to do something you enjoy forever. Instead, take it one day at a time and at the end, make a list of any regrets you may have due to not smoking. It is highly probable that you will have none. Remember that at the end of it all, you will have gained much more than time that would have been wasted smoking. You will learn to be patient, accepting and strong. You never know, the experience may even teach you a great deal about how to handle future situations also.
Making a Pros and Cons List
This is the age old favorite before beginning any life changing experience. However, it is rather popular, and for good reason. The pros and cons list really help you to see clearly what there is to lose and what to gain. When it comes to smoking, a proper list will give you an endless number of pros to quit. The cons will just be there if you want them to be, going something like “helps me relax”, “makes me happy”, “enjoyable”. Deep down, you will probably know that these aren’t actual quitting cons, but just your way of reassuring yourself about the wrong thing.
Set a Quit Date
Mark a fixed date on your calendar so that you activate a physical as well as mental alarm clock. The countdown will help you mentally prepare for quitting, and will also give you an adjustment period. Furthermore, a sure shot date is better than telling yourself that you will quit “next week” or “next Monday”, which ultimately gets postponed further and further. You can lessen the number of cigarettes you smoke in the days prior to the quit date. Once the quit date arrives, you need to be firm with yourself, and not give in to temptation even once.
Remove Smoking Triggers
It is a good idea to get rid of any associations with smoking. First and foremost, try to shuffle up your general routine a bit, so that you don’t crave a cigarette at the time you usually smoke. Secondly, get rid of all your cigarettes, cigars, ashtrays or anything that may trigger smoking. Lastly, try to change or shuffle up your diet as well. There might be certain foods with which you enjoy smoking more than others. Try eating these other foods instead for a couple of days. Therefore, the point is not to feel depressed about quitting, but about forgetting why you started in the first place.
Replace Smoking with Another Habit
A new habit does not necessarily have to be something productive, but just something that is not harmful. A good way for many smokers to cope with quitting is to chew gum. Many sugar free gums are a great alternative to smoking or even chewing tobacco. In fact, minty gums can have the opposite effect of cigarettes. Your mouth feels cleaner and breath is fresher. Additionally, you don’t harm anyone else by releasing toxins from your mouth.
Smoking isn’t just something that you do impulsively while working or thinking. You have to very consciously take out your cigarette or pipe after which you need to light it before you smoke away. The act of smoking itself, takes some time, and it is something that is not even allowed everywhere. Therefore, you need of ways to keep busy so that you do not stay idle enough to think about smoking. Exercising, travelling, or going to smoking free restaurants are good ways to keep your mind occupied.
Therefore, quitting may be a difficult job, but it isn’t impossible. The most important thing is to remind yourself that you are strong and possess enough will power to quit a potentially lethal habit.