Over the years I’ve seen a lot of guides trying to help people stop smoking.
Now, it is debatable how efficient they are. The truth of the matter is that we are all different individuals and various methods have different impact on us.
Nevertheless, I’ve compiled a list of most efficient tips which are the best among the best. You see, when it comes to quitting smoking, you need to have a good mentality and even better approach. Planning is crucial as it helps you set up basis. If you follow through with the plan, there is a good chance you will quit this vice.
Here are some of the most crucial steps you must take to quit smoking.
Be prepared for failures
Relapsing is common for any vice. Same goes for cigarettes. But you shouldn’t look at things so tragically. Even though smokes are really addictive they are not drugs. One cigarette will not hurt you if you don’t make it a habit. In fact, I’ve seen people who achieved miraculous results by simply reducing the number of cigarettes they smoke during a day. So, make a proper plan. Decide what you wish to accomplish when quitting and when you will do it.
Find a substitution
E-cigarettes are a popular substitution for the real deal. Now, there are two main ways to use them: by completely substituting regular cigarettes or as a part of quitting process. E-cigarettes which use e-juice, a harmless substance that should eliminate presence of nicotine in your body. It is also very important as it substitutes the very thing that creates the vice. So, by simply smoking e-cigarettes you will slowly lose your smoking drive and after a while, you won’t be inclined to smoke whatsoever.
Create a plan with your family
When one-person smokes within the family, it is common for other people to smoke as well. This create a chain link between people making it hard to quit. One of the first things you must know about quitting is that you need a positive, healthy environment to do so. This means that it is much better if there is no one in your vicinity who smokes. If you’re already intending to quit smoking, it is best to do it together with other people in your family. Make a long-term plan where everyone will quit at the same time. Make sure to remove all the packs from your home or anything else that might remind you of cigarettes.
Cookie jar strategy
People often lecture smokers how they can save a lot of money if they stop doing it. This is definitely true but you require a method that will make this more obvious. Each day, around the same time you would go out for cigarettes, make sure to take that money and put it in a jar. Take a transparent jar so the savings become obvious. At the end of each month, count the money and treat yourself with something you like. Even though you won’t save money this way, you will invest in your mental wellbeing. This will help you see how you can use that cigarette money for something better and healthier.
Find a hobby
As I already said, it is very important to find a substitution or something else you might do when the need arises. Smoking vice is both mental and mechanical: although you love the taste of cigarettes you also need something to hold in your hands. If you find a hobby, you can solve one of the two issues. Hobbies force you to do things with your hands. They can take a lot of time and they are a perfect choice for those long, dull moments at home when you, in absence of anything entertaining, would light up a cigarette.
With these simple tips, you will surely stop smoking. Create a good long-term plan, try different things, formulate your goals and you will be well on your way to a life without cigarettes. Even if you fail on the first try, do not stop trying!