Quit Smoking Strategies and Advice That Works
I myself was a smoker in the past. Like everyone else who smokes it can be very difficult to actually put down that final cigarette and say “I’m Done.” There are so many obstacles to actually quitting that it seems like it would be better just to keep smoking and not worrying about quitting.
Well I did successful quit for over a year and now I’m so glad that I did. I was a smoker for several years smoking over a pack per day. I tried all kinds of different approaches some were a little more harsh than others. With these tips and strategies I’m about to give you there isn’t any way you can’t quit. The most important thing of all when considering quitting is that you have to really want to. If you don’t really want to quit then you will never be able to.
12 Tips and Strategies to Quit Smoking For Good
- Cut back as much as you can before you quit. Start cutting back now and try to get your cigarette consumption in half within 2 weeks. It will be much easier to quit once you get to the point where you don’t smoke as many cigarettes as you used to. If you smoke a pack per day now try to get down to 10 cigarettes per day within 2 weeks by gradually cutting back.
- Use the hold out method. What you need to do here is try to hold out as long as you can between cigarettes. If you normally smoke 1 per hour try to go 2 or 3 without one. Tell yourself once you get to your goal that you can then have the cigarette you have been craving.
- Switch to a lighter cigarette. I never tried this, but I do know some people who have had lots of luck with this. You could also try switching over to an e-cig if that would be a better choice for you.
- Read about all of the disadvantages and health problems associated with smoking. Look at pictures of people dying with lung cancer and read their horror stories. Really get in deep and read all of the juicy details of their pain and suffering from the choice of smoking.
- Consider what you are doing to everyone you come in contact with. Even your kids and dogs are losing their health because of your bad habit.
- Add up how much money you will save if you quit smoking. A pack per day would be $5 per day x 7 days per week = 35 / week x 52 wks/year = 1820/year on a low estimate. That’s enough to pay a brand new car payment.
- After you get the information straight and you have cut back dramatically it’s time to really give quitting a shot. Try to convince yourself of how nasty the cigarette really is. Don’t let yourself enjoy lighting one up. Convince you mind that it is like smoking garbage from a trash can. This psychological effect will help you fight the urges later on.
- Replace some of your smoke breaks with better and more healthy activities. If after lunch you usually smoke then try going for a walk or maybe cleaning your house for 15 minutes.
- Get sunflower seed and bubble gum. These things will help take your mind off the smoking and keep your mouth busy. Chewing gum can be just as soothing if you let it.
- Avoid people who smoke and situations that remind you of smoking. Don’t go to the outside break area or ride in a car with people who smoke. Just avoid as much as you can.
- Finally pick a day and time when you are going to be through for good and stick with it. If you don’t like planning things like this then just stop right when you get to this point. Have a funeral for your cigarette friend and even bury one if you want. The grieving process will go a long way in your quitting for good.
- Lastly Distraction,Distration,Distration Stay busy and keep an active lifestlyle. Do anything and everything you can to keep your mind busy. The more busy you stay the less time you will have to think about smoking.
If you can make it past 28 days you can quit for good. The first 5 days are going to be the toughest, but if you can get past that point you are on the home stretch. Just stay busy and don’t give in to the urge. I know you can do it. Good Luck!