Fortify your resolve to not give in, by creating a solid backup plan for when the cravings kick in, or the pressure adds up. You may find it helpful to work out during the most difficult part of the day, learn a new skill or hobby, or book massages on a regular schedule. You should do your best to fill any free time with pleasurable and fulfilling activities. You can take this time to catch up on with old friends or reading, too. When you want to quit smoking, a big back of suckers is handy. Try sucking on a lollipop instead of smoking. You can hold it like a cigarette and it will fulfill your emotional need for smoking. At the same time, the candy part of the sucker helps to occupy your mouth. The dual action can provide an adequate substitute for having a cigarette. A lot of the time, you may hear people say that it is difficult to stop smoking, but that usually means they don’t know how to do it. Quitting becomes easier if you have a good understanding of the subject. No matter how long you’ve been a smoker or how much you smoke per day, the tips you’re about to read can help you stop.
Take things day by day. Make your goals very short and attainable – one day at a time. A shorter timeline can make your journey more manageable, both physically and mentally. You can always set more long term goals once you feel comfortable with your level of commitment to quitting.
One of the best things you can do when stopping smoking is to live day-to-day. Take your journey day by day, focusing on the moment instead of the future. You will often find it easier from a psychological standpoint to accomplish things on a shorter timeline. You can always increase your goals and time horizon when you are ready.
You must be properly motivated if you want to be successful at quitting smoking. There are so many benefits when you do quit smoking. One or many of them may be just enough to urge you on when things start to get difficult. You can improve the health of you and your loved ones, spend far less money, lower your chances of getting lung cancer, and just look and feel a whole lot better. Keep reading for ideas that will make it easier to stop smoking. In the event that the urge to smoke melts your resolve, at least attempt to put it off as long as possible. Force yourself to do something, whether it is go for a walk around the block or simply drinking an entire glass of water, before you are allowed to have a cigarette. Just a little extra time before you light up might stop you from smoking that cigarette. If you do end up smoking a cigarette, at least you will have smoked one less cigarette that day. Spend time meditating on the reasons why you’re quitting smoking. To motivate you, keep your most important reasons written on an index card or sheet of paper and make sure it’s with you at all times. Every time a craving strikes, pull out that piece of paper and think about how important those reasons are. It is important to compile a list of distractions you can use when a craving strikes, and make sure the list is kept somewhere handy. You may be too agitated to think up an activity on your own, but your list will be available to you to help guide you away from a cigarette. Try doing crossword puzzles, going for walks, or taking baths.
Look at quitting as something you are earning, rather than something you are sacrificing. If you regard quitting optimistically, you have a better chance of remaining focused on your goal and achieving it more quickly. Your life is valuable, and will be vastly improved if you stop smoking. This can give you the incentive and the rationale to kick the habit immediately. Never quit smoking just to please another person. You love your family and spouse, but the internal qualities you need to stop smoking only come from you motivating yourself. If you can successfully stop smoking, you will have given yourself a marvelous gift.
To boost your odds of successfully quitting smoking, think about putting down on paper all the potential advantages and consequences of quitting. Putting the issue in writing will help you to see it more clearly. Quitting smoking can be difficult, as this can help facilitate the process. Try to think about some of the reasons you want to stop smoking. Write your major reasons for quitting on a slip of paper, and carry it with you at all times. Whenever you feel the urge to smoke, look at the paper and review why quitting is so important to you. Construct a mantra regarding the reasons you desire to quit smoking. When you feel a craving, or a have a moment of weakness, list the reasons why you quit. This is valuable way to use your mental strength to overpower the withdrawal yearnings you might encounter and refocus it on things that are important to you.
Exercise is a great distraction from the aggravating symptoms of withdrawal. Working out and moving around releases endorphins that will stop discomfort dead in its track. Using exercise to help you quit smoking will have the added benefit of keeping you from gaining weight as many people do when they quit smoking.