Are you trying to quit smoking either for yourself or for your family? Here are some tips to help.
1. Want to do it – The first thing to quitting is that you have to want to do it. If you don’t want it bad enough, then you are not going to try hard enough to quit.
2. Set goals – Try to set goals and achievements along the way. See if you can quit for a week. Then a month. By setting goals it will make it easier to hold off longer as you can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
3. Go over how much you will save – The financial savings alone might be enough to convince you to quit. Put away that money that you would have spent on cigarettes for that week into a savings fund and watch it grow over time. It might even become more enjoyable to watch your money pot grow, than spend it on cigarettes.
4. Get Scared – Just reading the effects of smoking on your body, the life expectancy of those who smoke, and the risk of not being there for your children should scare you enough to consider quitting.
5. Don’t ever take just 1 puff – Don’t get in the habit of telling yourself, “I’ll just take one puff!” It will just get you started again.
6. Quit Cold Turkey – I hear that quitting cold turkey is bad, and that it does not always work. But on the other side of things I have seen many people do it this way and be successful. Just quitting, throwing everything away, and don’t look back is a Great tip for some.
7. Try again – If something does not work, don’t give up. Get back and try quitting again. It never hurts to try again; it will only hurt if you don’t try.
8. Start exercising – Exercising will reduce the cravings and get your mind off of smoking.
9. Write down “Why you are quitting?” – Write down 5 -10 reasons why you want to quit, then when you have your cravings, then look at your paper as a reminder.
10. Rubber band – Wear a rubber band around your wrist and snap yourself whenever the cravings begin.
11. Nicotine replacement – Many people have had lots of success with nicotine gum or the patch.
12. Support group – Try to get a support of friends and family members to help with you quitting (No testing or joking).
13. Get a quitting group – Get a group of people to quit together. It will make it easier to quit if you have more people going through the same thing as you.
14. Find ways to relax your stress – Many people smoke to deal with stress like getting a massage or doing yoga.
15. Avoid Alcohol – Drinking alcohol triggers the temptation to smoke.
16. Avoid smoking triggered activities – Going to places like bars will only make it more difficult for you.
17. Clean – Get rid of all of your ashtrays and get the smell out of your furniture.
18. Eat fruits and vegetables – Eating such things as fruits and vegetables will actually make smoking taste terrible.
19. Hypnosis – Go to a hypnotist.
20. Do it for your family – If all else fails, then do it for your family. Carry a picture in your wallet and take a look at it every time you get a craving.