Using the right motivation you can quit smoking without expensive patches, gums, or lozenges. Even with changes in smoking laws, skyrocketing prices of cigarettes, and known health effects quitting smoking can be one of the most difficult challenges in your life.
There are many motivating factors which may be influencing you to try and quit but still you find yourself lighting up.
Society has changed and smoking is frowned upon, you put up with the looks.
You feel that shortness of breath walking uphill, you leave for your destination earlier.
Your child looks at you with disappointing eyes, you strive to teach them tolerance.
Your clothes smell like smoke, you do your laundry separate from the rest of the household.
None of these things helped you in quitting smoking cold turkey. You might have tried quitting and found yourself gaining weight from eating sweets as a weak substitute. Maybe your temper starting to flair from the withdraws effected your social or home life and you relapsed into old patterns.
Smoking a pack a day for twenty years I was able to quit cold turkey without using expensive tobacco substitutions, classes, tapes, gaining weight, or relapses.
Steps to quitting cold turkey
1. Quitting smoking cold turkey: Show me the money
Figure out how much you spend a day on your addiction. Do you smoke half a pack, one pack, two? Put the amount into a money budgeting program like Quicken. See how quickly that smoke break adds up? At a pack a day average with a price tag of 7.00 a pack you would have $210.00 extra at the end of the month.
2. Quitting smoking cold turkey: What could this money buy?
Maybe you have been wanting that new plasma television, trip to Hawaii, or just a little more breathing room, no pun intended. When you see what you spend each month on this habit you will soon prefer to spend the same money backpacking across Europe. If you have the money to do these things already, think about what that money could do to improve someone else’s life. The $210.00 I spent a month, could have purchased groceries for an elderly person struggling in today’s economy.
3. Quitting smoking cold turkey: Say goodbye to smoking
Finishing the pack you are currently working on is important, it gives you closure. As you are taking those long leisurely last puffs, you must tell yourself this is the last time you will ever buy a pack. Repeat it in your head like a mantra. This is the last pack you will ever buy.
4. Quitting smoking cold turkey: Stash the money you would spend on your habit
It is really important for you to see what you are saving each day. To start, put the money you would spend on the next pack in a jar. Find a picture that represents what you are saving up for and tape it to the outside of the jar. Every time you try to spend the money you will see that picture as a reminder of your goal. Every day add the amount you would spend on smoking into the jar.
5. Quitting smoking cold turkey: Take no extra money with you on outings
Only take the money that is going to be needed for something else. This way the money has a purpose and can’t be spent on smoking. If you aren’t planning on buying anything while you are out leave all money and debit cards at home.
6. Quitting smoking cold turkey: Avoid temptation with activity
Smoking tends to be something to do because you don’t have something to do at the time. Have ever been so busy at work that you did not notice you just worked 6 hours straight without a smoke break? It can be done. If there is nothing to do create something to do. Take a class even if you don’t need it, learn a craft. Volunteer to do something for someone else. Spring clean your house from top to bottom even if it is winter.
You will quickly start to see that jar fill up with money and that hacking cough go away.
It has been two years since my last cigarette and I will never smoke again. It will take time for the cravings to become tolerable. Having a goal to meet will keep you on the right track to quitting smoking for good. All human beings have an inner strength you can do it!