Quit Smoking Tips

Empower Yourself: Quit Smoking Tips

Smoking cigarettes is an addiction. The nicotine in cigarettes bestows a short-lived high. Quitting smoking will put your physical body into a withdrawal state and simultaneously, you’ll experience psychological cravings for nicotine. If you really, truly desire to stop smoking it will be necessary to make certain behavioral changes and cope with symptoms of withdrawal.

Here are some quit smoking tips that work.

Life without Cigarettes

Have you ever felt like cigarettes were your best friend? One of the reasons adults started smoking was to deal with anxiety, loneliness, depression and stress. Lighting-up can make unpleasant emotions or feelings go up in smoke. Unfortunately, the nicotine high only offers a temporary fix, which does nothing to address the root problem.

Quit Smoking TipsAction Step: As your first step in the journey to non-smoking, consider starting a journal. Write out what’s going on in your life that is causing stress and anxious feelings. Make a list of several ways to replace the comfort your cigarettes currently provide.

Several diversions include: meditation, deep relaxation, yoga or exercise.

Your Personal Plan of Action (POA)

To develop your POA start a list of reasons you want to quit smoking in your journal. For example: I will feel better and smell better. I will decrease the risk of heart attack, stroke and cancer.

An important part of your POA is identifying your smoking pattern to determine which quit smoking tips or cessation therapies would generate the best outcome. List these types of questions and answers in your journal:

  • Are you a full-time or social smoker?
  • What triggers your desire to smoke? Example: after eating, in stress situation, social occasions and so on.
  • Would the nicotine patch work for you?
  • How do you feel about alternative therapies such as acupuncture?
  • Would you consider counseling with your medical doctor about prescription drugs designed to stop smoking?
  • Do you have a friend or family member who is willing to quit smoking with you?

Stop Smoking Methods

  • Quit “cold turkey”.
  • Cut down on the number of cigarettes you smoke daily. For example, allow yourself one cigarette per hour during waking hours. Keep decreasing in hourly increments until you quit smoking.
  • Nicotine support groups.
  • Prescribed medicines to quit smoking and decrease physical symptoms of withdrawal.
  • Alternative treatment, such as acupuncture or hypnosis.

Final Action Step: You have gathered your personal quit smoking tips that will help enforce your desire to quit smoking. Try not to get discouraged. It might take more than one try, but you can become a non-smoker.

Useful Resources:

NHS UK Self-Help

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Quit Tips

Canadian Lung Association

2 Responses to “Quit Smoking Tips”

  1. Clair says:

    I have been really impressed with the information found on your website.
    I am now 4 months pregnant and my Doctor told me to quit smoking at the beginning of my pregnancy.
    I have found it very difficult at first until I read about your suggestion of having a Personal Plan of Action. I have recorded my POA in my diary and by reviewing every day I still haven’t smoked for 3 weeks.

    Thanks for your help.
    Clair

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