by James Lawrence
(Los Angeles, California, USA)
Are you looking to quit smoking? Has quitting escaped your grasp once before, or maybe even several times? There is no need to lose hope that you will accomplish your goal to quit smoking. You may simply need to approach your efforts in a fresh new way.
Try the following advice on your next attempt to quit smoking:
* If you have decided to stop smoking, mentally prepare yourself for what’s ahead. Try to focus on the fact that you can stop, and that this is not an impossible dream. Set an official “quit date” and even consider adding it to your calendar. By taking such a positive approach, your chances of quitting will increase.
* Plan for how you will handle the withdrawal from nicotine. It is a painful & mentally challenging process, and you have to go through it!.
* Kill your nicotine addiction before you quit smoking. Talk to your doctor about any possible medicines they can prescribe that can make nicotine powerless over you. After you are on one for a while, you will find smoking having no effect on your mood. You will just stop because it does not do anything for you anymore.
* Don’t be afraid to let guilt be a motivation for quitting smoking, especially when it comes to those around you. Your loved ones, whether you want to admit it or not, are inevitably going to be affected by your smoking habit if you do not quit now. Not only does the cost take away from things you could be doing for your family, but you are also exposing them constantly to secondhand smoke.
* Cut your caffeine intake in half. Somehow, nicotine cuts the effectiveness of caffeine in half, so after quitting, soda and coffee will be doubly effective. Drop your consumption of these so that you don’t cause your anxiety and cravings to become even worse than it already is at this difficult time.
* Begin walking during the times you would normally have a cigarette. This will replace the bad habit with something more positive and aid your overall health. You will miss the cigarette less if you have found another activity to replace it with. This will work especially well in the mornings and after meals.
* Remember that your attitude is everything. When you are beginning to feel down, you need to try to make yourself proud that you are quitting. Smoking is bad for you and each time you conquer the urge to smoke, you should feel proud as you are taking vital steps toward a healthier you.
* Go online and find a forum or support group. The most effective motivation will come from people that know exactly what you are going through. Furthermore, if you build relationships with these people, then you will not want to disappoint them or to lose the relationships should you stop trying to quit.
* Learn and use positive mantras. Tell yourself that you’re strong and powerful and that you can quit. Let yourself know that you believe in yourself and that you know you will be successful. When you make positive mantras such as these, a part of your life, success will follow. This is as true for quitting smoking as it is for every other aspect of your life.
* Try to avoid alcohol while beginning your life without cigarettes. The two often go hand-in-hand on a psychological basis, so substitute alcoholic drinks with fresh fruit juices or smoothies. These will give you a sense of indulgence and a needed distraction while you stop smoking. In addition, drink lots of water to help flush nicotine out of your system.
As you can see, quitting smoking is well within your grasp. You can learn to overcome your addiction with the knowledge you need to conquer your cravings. You will be a more confident person without a physiological addiction in your way, so consider these tips and set a quit-date today.