Even if you recognise that smoking is expensive and bad for our health, it can be a hard habit to kick! The problem is that nicotine is highly addictive and this makes it hard to give up smoking – hard but not impossible. So, how can you make your chances of giving up smoking as high as possible?
You need to make sure that you have the motivation and willpower to give up. If you don’t really want to give up smoking then you’ll probably never be successful. Set a date ahead of time so you can mentally prepare yourself to give up. Remind yourself often of the reasons why you are giving up as this will also help you to stay motivated.
It is essential that you look at what might stop you from giving up smoking. By knowing what is likely to stand in your way you should be able to find a way around them and make your journey much easier.
What Triggers You
Think of what triggers you and the times that you are more likely to smoke. Once you recognise the times during the day you smoke the most you’re able to adjust your schedule to avoid these.
Make sure you have access to stop smoking equipment. For example, get some e-cigarettes with nice tasting e juice so you can use these when the cravings get too much.
Make a list of things you can do to distract yourself at times when you really crave a cigarette. A list of chores that need doing around the house is a good place to start.
Throw It All Away
Once you have decided to be a non-smoker make sure you throw out everything related to smoking so there is nothing to tempt you. Get rid of ash-trays, the cigarettes you keep in your car, boxes of matches etc.
If you usually have a cigarette at certain times (for example after dinner) get in new items that you can use instead – for example herbal teas.
Keep Your Hands Busy
Buy some nuts and use these to distract you when you do what a cigarette. The process of shelling 5 nuts every time you want to smoke will help keep your hands busy.
Change Your Life
Try to change up the times you do each do, so that the schedule of when you would usually smoke a cigarette is broken.
Don’t Give Up
Giving up smoking is difficult and you might slip back into the habit once or twice. Don’t let this as an excuse to start smoking again and instead get back on the horse and try again.
By not smoking you’ll be saving loads of money. Make sure you keep track of this, so you know what you would be treating yourself to instead of cigarettes.
Make sure that you stay away from anyone who smokes. If you’re around smokers it is so easy to be tempted back into this nasty habit.
Giving up smoking is never going to be easy, but you can make life easier by following these handy hints and tips.