Tips for quitting smoking

Quitting smoking is challenging and for most people is usually among the list of things much easier-said-than-done. While you may have your own unique strategy for completely quitting smoking, these tips might help you too.

Define your reasons: Why are you quitting smoking? Make a concrete list of all the reasons why you plan to quit smoking. Stick it up on the fridge, bathroom mirror, or work desk, somewhere you can see it often and remind yourself to stay true to your commitments. The more often you see this list the more you will want to stay focused.

Set goals: What is the goal you want to reach by quitting? Is it to save money or participate in a sports event? Define your reasons. Write this along with your above list so that you can see it often enough.

What do you want? Smoking is not only bad for your health; it also costs you your money. You can plan instead to save the money you would spend on cigarettes for something you really want or need.

Write your experiences in a journal: Some find it beneficial to keep a journal of their progress. That way if there is a day when you really want to give in, you can remind yourself of how far you have come and instead follow through.

Plan a strategy: By when would you like to quit smoking completely? Give yourself a sufficient amount of time to stop smoking and don’t expect to be through it in a day.

Don’t give in: Hang out with friends who don’t smoke and avoid going to places where smoking is allowed. The more you see others smoking and are in a smoking atmosphere the harder it will be for you to say no.

Curb your cravings: You could try using Nicorette products to help you control the urge the smoke. Nicorette products work by providing your body with a lower level of nicotine at a less intense pace. Each Nicorette product has its own instructions to help you follow through.

Weigh your drinking choices: For most people alcohol and coffee are strong triggers for smoking. Avoid alcohol and beverages that remind you of cigarettes or make you feel the urge to smoke. Most find it helpful to avoid coffee and tea for the initial couple of days of quitting and instead opt for decaffeinated coffee and tea, fruit juice, or plain water.

Get support from family, friends, and loved ones: Chances are you’ll be lucky enough to find a friend who will quit smoking with you.

Out with the old, and in with the new: Go through your home and office area and discard cigarette related items like ashtrays, lighters, cigarettes, and matches. Resist the urge to keep a secret stash on hand. If you know you’re not strong enough, call a friend or family member to help.

Give your home and clothing a spring cleaning: Getting rid of the smell of smoke and keeping your atmosphere clean and fresh can do wonders for helping you resist the urge.

Keep your hands and mind busy: Because smoking takes up a lot of time, most people feel bored when quitting and actually return to smoking in order to fill in the time. The key is to fill your time with something else. Instead of having a quick smoke at work, take a walk around the area. Take on a new hobby or learn a new trade.

Treat yourself when you’ve crossed your first goal: It’s important to celebrate progress and milestone victories.