Quitting smoking brings a myriad of benefits financially, physically and emotionally. Remember the benefits as you learn some tricks and techniques (like what you will read today) to help you as you quit. When you need a little extra help, remember what you will learn here today, so that you can proudly say you are a non-smoker.
Smoking is a step-by-step process that should be done day by day. Keep your focus on getting through today without a cigarette, rather than thinking of quitting forever. A shorter timeline can make your journey more manageable, both physically and mentally. There is nothing wrong with setting long-term goals, but get comfortable with the day-to-day commitment of smoking cessation first.
Ensure that you’re getting an adequate amount of sleep when you’re in the process of giving up your smoking habit. Most people have more intense cigarette cravings late at night. Late nights tend to be a time when no one is around, and it makes it easier to be tempted to smoke. Eight hours of sleep each night will allow you to remain mentally focused, which keeps you in better control of nasty cravings.
If you get the urge to light up, try using a delay tactic. By telling yourself you will check back in ten minutes to see if you still want a cigarette, you will usually avoid the craving. If it hasn’t, then just keep repeating this process over and over as often as you need to.
Kick the smoking habit for the health of your loved ones. Secondhand smoke can lead to many grave health issues. By quitting, you not only improve your own health, you are helping the people around you as well. By stopping smoking, you will not only protect yourself, but you will also protect your loved ones.
Talk to those who you are close with about the impact of smoking in your life and your decision to quit. They’re there to remind you and help you quit. It’s hard to quit without a support system. Doing so helps maximize your likelihood of success, and gets you closer to your goal.
Keeping a positive attitude can be the extra motivation to stop smoking. Try to highlight the advantages and the improvements to your overall health. Quitting smoking can improve the smell of your breath, and the overall health of your mouth. Thinking about all the good that can happen as a result of quitting can be just as motivational as thinking about the bad.
The best way to stop smoking is to completely stop. Stopping is the only way to start the quitting process. Just stop and do not start doing it again. This method can seem tough. However, it has proven to work the best, over time.
You are no doubt already aware of the many health benefits of not smoking. Addiction to cigarettes is powerful, and knowledge alone may not be sufficient to put you on the right track. If you are craving cigarettes or your motivation starts flagging, reread the tips above, and apply them. Before long, you will be leading a happy and healthy non-smoking life.