How to quit smoking
Quitting smoking is not easy, so just making the decision to do it is a huge step chomas. If you’re reading this right now and have made the decision to quit smoking, congratulate yourself. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for yourself, your friends and your family.
Most of the time, no one really smokes their first cigarette thinking they would become smokers but once they do, it’s easy to become hooked. Smoking can cause all kinds of damage to your health especially if you start smoking at a very young age. But it’s never too late to quit, so here are ways you can kick the cigarette butt:
Have good reasons to quit
Any reason you can come up with to quit smoking is a good reason because smoking is bad for you, period. However, it can be hard to quit when those around you are offering you cigarettes and pressuring you to continue smoking. It would be a good idea to come up with a reason that helps take the pressure off, such as “I want to stay in shape for sports” or “I don’t like it anymore”. This might help those around you get the picture and stop pressuring you. Knowing that you have a good reason to quit will help you get through each day, knowing that you have a goal you want to achieve.
It’s a good idea to get your friends and/or family involved when you’re trying to quit because it makes it easier. Friends or family could encourage you when it gets really hard. If you know anyone who has quit smoking, ask them to help you. They should be able to give you advice and motivate you to keep going since they would know better than anyone else how tough it is to quit. Your friends who are still smoking might not offer you the support you need and might actually keep you from quitting so make sure you get the right support. If you can get friend or family member who smokes to join you on your “cigarette-free” mission, then even better.
Get rid of all your cigarettes
It would be difficult to quit smoking if you still have cigarettes around to tempt you. Get rid of every cigarette you have, from the half-smoked ones to the emergency ones. You should also get rid of your lighters and ashtrays. This will also put you in a non-smoker frame of mind because you need to start thinking about yourself as a non-smoker. You should also try your best to get rid of the smell of cigarettes, so wash all your clothes and anything else that still has a cigarette smell.
Know what triggers you
You probably already know by now what type of situations really make you crave a cigarette. Think about ways that you can avoid these situations or handle them differently. For example if you tend to want a cigarette after you eat, do something else after you eat. If you crave a cigarette when you’re worried, call a friend and speak to them instead.
You might also be used to holding a cigarette and putting one in your mouth, stock up on things like lollipops, gum or even toothpicks for whenever you’re craving.
Keep yourself busy
You’ll need a few distractions to keep you from thinking about cigarettes. Wherever it is possible, find something else to do with your time. Now might be a good time to focus on your fitness, so start doing some exercise or take up a sport. The more distracted you are, the less likely you are to crave cigarettes.
If the idea of quitting completely is scary, then just quit gradually. Try to smoke less cigarettes a day, decreasing the number every week or month until you feel comfortable with quitting altogether. Remember, this is a very important decision you’ll be making for your health and it will benefit you in the long run.
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