Whether you’re an occasional smoker or a chain smoker, deciding to quit this unhealthy habit can be daunting. If you don’t have the proper mindset and if you don’t have the proper support systems then you can easily fall back into the habit without even realizing it. It can be difficult to stop since smoking tobacco is both a physical addiction and a psychological habit. Eliminating that temporary high you get from nicotine can cause withdrawal symptoms and it might even cause additional stress. In addition, the act of smoking is already ingrained as a ritual. For instance, it can be an automatic response to have a smoke with your coffee or while taking a break in work. If you have relatives or friends that regularly smoke also makes it easier for your part to smoke without consciously doing so.
To successfully quit smoking, you’ll need to address both the addiction and that habits that come with it. Deciding to quit is actually one of the first of a few steps. We’ve outlined a few more steps so that you will make the transition from smoking to avoiding it smooth and avoid any chances of relapsing.
Have a Plan
While some smokers successfully quit by going cold turkey (abruptly stopping it), a lot of people do better in the long run by sticking to a plan. A good plan addresses both the short-term challenge of quitting smoking and also the long-term challenge to prevent relapse. Bear in mind that it should be tailored to your specific needs and smoking habits.
Instead of thinking “I don’t want to get cancer when I’m 50 or 60”, try to make your motivation more directed in the short term and think “It’s embarrassing to be in a public space and smell like a giant cigarette.” If you have goals that are specific, current and emotion-based are good factors for motivation than factual, future-based reasons, it can easily help with your motivation.
It also helps to read up on some facts about smoking. Everybody knows that smoking causes cancer, but is it limited to that? Reading up on some facts can give you insight on what happens to your body in the short term and also let you know where your money will be used for. This information can help persuade you to avoid smoking and keep off it.
Set a Specific Quit Date
When we say a specific quit date, what we mean is a realistic date. Instead of saying that you’ll quit in the New Year or on your birthday, try make it smaller like on a Monday. Instead of saying that it will be next Monday, make it every Monday. This will give you 52 chances in a year, instead of just one chance – giving you more chances of success. Focusing on short periods can help you keep motivated and won’t make you feel bad when you miss a chance.
Everything starts with a single step – smoking included. During your specific quit dates you can swap your smoking activity with something healthier. For example you could go for a jog or go for a swim on Mondays. It might not seem much...