Stop Smoking Article
Stop Smoking Successfullyby HealthyLivingTrends.com
Smoking is one of the most powerful addictions, and it is very hard to quit smoking, but it can be done. The following tips can help you achieve your goal of quitting. It still won't be easy, but you can do it!
First, set a target date to quit smoking. Don't pick a date that falls at a stressful time of the year for you, such as the holidays. You will be more likely to be successful if you choose a time that is not already associated with stress for you. Also, do not choose a date too far in advance or you may not stay focused on your goal, and will be less likely to actually quit. It is best to choose a date about a month in advance. It is also not a good idea to choose tomorrow as your quit date, as it doesn't allow enough time to fully prepare yourself.
Prior to stopping smoking, start a journal to record your smoking habits. In this journal write down how strong the urge was to have a cigarette and what you were doing at the time. Most people know the common triggers such as after a meal, but don't always associate smoking with other activities, such as while watching tv or talking on the phone. This will enable you to recognize times in advance when you would normally smoke and you can have a plan in place to replace smoking with something else. There are even mobile apps available to aid you in journaling your smoking habits.
It is important to change your routine so that you may avoid situations where you would normally smoke. For example, many people tend to linger at the table after dinner and have a cigarette after their meal. It is a good idea to get up from the table immediately upon finishing to remove yourself from a situation where you would normally smoke. It doesn't take long for this habit to replace sitting at the table and smoking after dinner.
It is also a good idea to let others know of your planned date to quit smoking. Not only does this hold you more accountable, but it may also give you some needed support as well. When you're having a difficult time with not smoking you can often call on others to give you a pep talk when needed, and they may be able to offer advice as well. It will also let them know in advance that you may have some changes in mood and be more irritable early on in the quitting process.
Most importantly, if you slip up do not let this cause you to give up. Most people do slip up a couple of times before successfully quitting. Think about what caused you to slip up and come up with a plan of how you may deal with it in the future. Do not think of yourself as failing. Instead, be proud that you have made the choice to quit and continue on towards your goal.
By following the above tips, you will be more prepared to stop smoking and will be more likely to achieve your goal successfully. You are now one step closer to being smoke-free.