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Ask Yourself Some Hard Questions When You Want To Quit Smoking

by HealthyLivingTrends.com

Quitting smoking will be good for you, but you already know that. The question is, how do you approach it? Start by asking yourself some serious questions and reading the following article.

1. What is my reason for smoking? Most people would think the physical addiction keeps them reaching for that next cigarette, but it probably goes deeper than that. Think about what you use cigarettes for: a social thing, an excuse to step outside away from it all, a thinking aid, some "me" time, relaxation, etc. The habit of smoking itself is equally as powerful as the chemical addiction; you may be dependent on cigarettes in a number of ways and all should be evaluated as you prepare to quit.

2. What are my coping skills with stress? You may be able to find a million things to do with your hands instead of smoking, things to nibble or otherwise distract yourself from wanting a smoke, however; since you've been using cigarettes to cope with stress, you need to find an alternative ahead of time. Can you exercise? Does yoga or some other form of meditation hold any appeal for you? Think of how you're going to face stress without smoking.

3. How badly do I want to quit? The process of quitting may last the rest of your life and be very challenging; if you aren't totally committed to it, you will fail. Ask yourself how bad you want to be an ex-smoker and let that motivate you. No matter how much you may want to smoke in the future, you've got to want to NOT smoke that much more.

4. What quitting methods seem best for me? Investigate the possibilities and line-up a few that you think will suit you. Know what tools and tricks can help you through the worst times and will carry you over to becoming a non-smoker for good. There are medications, gums, e-cigarettes, hypnosis etc. Once you've made up your mind to quit, focus on how you are going to accomplish it.

5. What kind of support should I seek? Online forums, hot-lines and other groups devote themselves to fully supporting someone through the quitting process. Depending on who you are to begin with, you may want to introduce yourself to some of the communities that are dedicated to becoming a non-smoker. Be honest and stay with the group, even if it takes you a few tries to really give the habit up. Others have been where you are now and can help you through.

6. How can my doctor help? Get a physical and explain your intentions of quitting to your physician. He can offer you a lot of information on the consequence of smoking, tell you what it's doing to your body right now and how quitting will help you. He can advise you on different methods or possible medications and what exactly you can expect in terms of side-effects and withdrawal. You will also be proving to yourself that you truly are committed to becoming a non-smoker the more you talk about it and the more people you tell.

Ask and answer these questions and make a plan to quit smoking; do your research and make a promise to yourself and a commitment to the process. Before long you will reach your goal of becoming an ex-smoker.