By Jennifer McCleary
I’m sure I don’t have to tell you smoking costs you a lot of money, greatly increases are chances of lung disease, and alienates are friends and family. But you are different. You have done it. You have decided to quit smoking.
You realize that it is a destructive habit, which shortens your life, and costs you lots of money. You want to quit, you need to quit. The question is how do you begin to quit?
Eighty percent of people who try to quit smoking fail. This is because they do not actually believe that they can quit. They want a magic pill or patch that will fix their problem. They never truly believe they can do it on their own. This is simply not true. My husband’s favorite quote is “whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right”. There is a world of truth in that simple little saying.
The mind is a powerful tool and it is time for you to use it to become successful. Stand out, forget peer pressure, probably what got you here in the first place, and don’t fall into the majority. Use these guidelines and become one of the 20% who succeed! Do it for you partner, do it for kids, do it for yourself, but by all means just do it! Learn what it is to become a happier, healthier person who also happens to have a lot more money lying around when you’re over this expensive habit.
To really quit smoking is a big deal! You should be proud of yourself for making this life changing decision. You should not however feel alone in this journey. Practice the tips below and you will be on your way to getting rid of smoking in your life forever!
Tip #1: Write down all the reasons why you smoke.
This will help you realize what triggers your smoking and to help you guard against it, should the temptation arise. By identifying the reasons why you smoke, you can make new reasons for why you shouldn’t, and don’t smoke. For example, maybe you smoke for something to do on your break at work. Try to break the routine with a crossword or something else you enjoy.
Tip #2: Write down situations that make you want to smoke.
Again, by identifying situations that make you want to smoke you can be sure to avoid those situations in the future. If you cannot avoid those situations, then come up with an action planning for helping you deal with those situations when they arise. A reason many people enjoy smoking is stress or nervousness. Believe me you can find an alternate means.
Tip #3: Determine when you are going to smoke and write it down.
By writing something down, you solidify it in your mind. Write it in your planner, on your calendar, in your journal, or even on a note posted on the refrigerator. Leave it somewhere were you can see it. This can be a powerful reminder of your new life change. By having an attainable goal in your sight you can be more resistant to the urges.
Tip #4: Tell everyone that you know that you are quitting smoking and you want accountability.
Just like anything else in life that is difficult if you have support you can succeed. Tell people that you know that you are want to quit and ask them to hold you accountable. Ask people to ask you how you are doing and talk about it. The support system that you create will amaze you and give others a reason to appreciate the commitment you’ve made.
Tip #5: Throw away everything that reminds you of smoking.
By getting rid of everything that reminds you of smoking, you are once cementing in your mind that you are going to quit smoking. Get rid of those ashtrays. You don’t need them, you are now a non-smoker.
Tip #6: Stop cold turkey!
You may say no way, it’s too hard. It’s not! Remember, you are a non-smoker now and non-smokers don’t smoke. By taking your time and quitting slowly, you are setting yourself up for failure. You have decided to quit, and it is time to quit. All the way!
Tip #7: Change your eating and drinking habits.
Start drinking lots of water. This will help to flush out your system. Also eat plenty of fresh fruit. Fruits are full of antioxidants and will help to rid your system of toxins. If you can help your body out in the process the withdrawals don’t have to be that bad or last that long. As soon as your system is completely flushed, you are basically over the withdrawal period.
Tip #8: Make sure you take time for physical relaxation.
Smoking is often a stress reliever. It is important that you replace that habit with something that will help you relieve stress in a beneficial way. Especially since quitting smoking could be stressful in itself. Talk a walk, run, go biking, or swim. Anything that will help your body get rid of stress.
Tip #9: Reward yourself often.
Set up goals, and reward yourself each time you achieve them. You are working hard and you deserve to be rewarded for your effort. Just make sure that your rewards reaffirm what you’re trying to achieve. As silly as it may sound a smoke, even one, to celebrate is never a good idea!
Tip #10: Never give up!
It is hard to quit smoking and you may slip up. Don’t beat yourself up. Figure out what triggered your smoking, and figure out how you are going to resist it next time. Next time that temptation comes around, you will be stronger and you will succeed!
Remember “if you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right”. So, decide that you can and will quit smoking and you are guaranteed to be in that 20% that succeeds! For great news for the smokers that want to quit now visit www.we-review-for-you.com/rquitsmokingnow.html
Brad and Jen McCleary both take pride in assisting people to reach their goals. They are experts in the field of health and fitness, but they use their success training in all branches of life to help people succeed. You can read their other articles or visit their website at www.we-review-for-you.com/ you can find more information to help you stop smoking, or information on achieving any other goals you may have.
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