For those who are making the attempts as no longer smoking, it can seem like there is a sea full of information to choose from. Who do you believe? If you take the advice here, you will be able to find the solution you need for your situation and break the cycle.
Make a detailed list of goals and rewards. Give yourself a finite date at which you want to be done smoking entirely, and split up the time between then and now with smaller goals. Attach a very specific and desirable (yet attainable) reward to each of these goals to keep yourself excited about quitting.
Try replacement therapy to quit smoking. Pick an activity as simple as chewing gum, drinking tea, or eating a piece of candy. Every time you get a craving, or at times when you would normally go out and have a smoke, take part in your new activity instead. If you keep it up long enough, you could replace the pattern in your head.
If you’ve tried it all, the little tricks and gimmicks, maybe it’s time for some heavy artillery. Visit your doctor and ask for a prescription that could reduce your cravings and finally help you stop smoking. Sometimes the addiction is just too strong for simple psychological tricks to handle.
Use your children as a motivating factor in quitting smoking, and do it now. Statistics show that parents who smoke are much more likely to have children who smoke. Not only will this potentially be a lifelong habit that can cause them serious health problems, but they can also lose a measure of respect for you as someone who cannot control their own behavior.
Consider joining a support group when you decide to stop smoking. If your schedule does not allow for regular meetings, then look for telephone help lines or ones where people can log in online. These groups will give you instant access to support, regardless of what time you need them.
Write down a journal of every time you have a cigarette and what your reasons were for having one. This journal will help you to find out what your smoking triggers are. For some it may be the first morning cigarette, or the need to smoke after a meal. For others, it may be stress. Determining your triggers will help you to figure out a way to fight them.
Avoid carrying your cigarettes around with you. This makes them harder to get to and you will be able to cut back on smoking by doing this. When they are an inconvenience to get to, you won’t smoke them as often. This will eventually help you stop smoking for good.
If you are looking for a quick pick me up like a cigarette gives you, try to have a glass of juice instead. This will help you cut down on the amount of cigarettes you have each day, and give you something that is healthy to replace smoking with.
Do not give yourself any excuse to relapse into nicotine usage. Smoking cigarettes will not solve any immediate crisis in your life, nor will it help any of your long-term problems. In fact, enduring withdrawal again will likely exacerbate your stress levels, so consider this before picking up the habit again.
Smoking is one of those love hate relationships. If you’ve traveled over to more of the hate than the love, you may finally be ready. This article was geared to make you figure out what it is going to take for you to finally stop. If you use the ideas you read here, you should find that one thing that will make all the difference in the world.