If you are tied to the smoking habit but want to give it up, know that you are one of the several smokers who try to quit but fail in the first 6 months.
The American Cancer Society says about 4% to 7% of people are able to quit smoking on any given attempt without medicines or other help. This is disturbing considering the fact that smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
Aside death, smoking causes a variety of illnesses including lung cancers, heart attack, premature skin aging, and so many others.
If you want to escape the dangers of smoking, I discuss tips to quit smoking below.
Tip No 1: Prepare Yourself Mentally
If you win the mental battle to quit smoking, you are halfway through. This is because the mental usually manifests in the physical. What do I mean? You still smoke because you have a romantic relationship with cigarettes. You still see cigarettes as stress busters; you still see them as ‘feel good’ chemicals. The moment you change the way you see and perceive cigarettes, you are going to hate them. As a trial, change the way you think about cigarettes; start seeing them as death agents. You’ll find it a bit difficult to smoke while still maintaining that mindset. Brian Tracy sums this up perfectly in his book titled ‘Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life’. If you dare to change your thinking about cigarettes, you’re going to find them unattractive, as the days go by.
Tip No 2: Pick a Quit Date
Once you have won the mental battle, pick a date to drop off the smoking habit. Tell friends and family about it and prepare for the d-day.
Tip No 3: Come up with Your Reasons for Quitting
These should be your personal reasons. Never quit smoking because of what other people say you should do. Do it based on reasons you are super convinced about. Your reasons could revolve around health, family or money; just make sure they are your reasons. If they are not your reasons, you might give up when the going gets tough with the quitting process.
Tip No 4: Jot down Some Hobbies That Can Take the Place of Smoking
Nature abhors a vacuum; if you decide to stop smoking, think of activities you can do instead of dragging cigarettes. These should include exercise as matter of necessity (research has shown that exercise helps smokers stay quit). Other activities you can indulge in include knitting, playing piano, sewing, crafts making – just anything to keep your hands and mind busy.
Tip No 5: Enlist the Support of Friends, Family and Colleagues
People are supportive; you just have to ask for their support. Tell them about your plan to quit and ask them to achieve your goal. Ten out of ten, they would do so and even act as your accountability partners.
Tip No 6: Start Making the Changes to Push Smoking out of Your Everyday Life
When you have set a quit date, you have to prepare towards the day. You have to stop smoking in the house and in the car. Make your house and car smoke-free, so no one is allowed to smoke inside. Get rid of your smoking gear and all the paraphernalia that remind you of smoking. Also get rid of friends who remind you of smoking.
Tip No 7: Get Support from Other Quitters
You can definitely do with a lot of support, so, join a support group. This will make it easier on you as you get to meet people who are also struggling to quit.
Tip No 8: Choose a Quitting Method
There are many stop smoking methods, research all of them and speak with your doctor to enable you choose the best method for you. You can either go cold turkey or use aids. It’s all left to you.
Tip No 9: Quit Completely On Your Quit Date
On your chosen day, quit completely. Don’t give yourself a chance to relapse. Go all out so you can win the battle against nicotine.
Tip No 10: Never Ever Give Up
There is a strong chance you will slip up when you try to quit but don’t allow it to discourage you. Don’t see that failure as total. The fact that you have failed before does not mean you should not try again. Dust yourself up and try again; you will succeed if you don’t give up.
If you know how to quit smoking, you’d realize it’s not difficult. Just follow what’s best for you.
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