It’s not easy to quit smoking and you’re trying to find as many ways as possible to be successful in your endeavors. You’ll want to take good care of yourself and focus on the positive things that not smoking has to offer. However, there are also some things that you’ll have to avoid in order to be successful.
By avoiding these things, you’ll keep yourself on track to win your battle against smoking.
One of the first things a smoker reaches for when they are under stress is a cigarette. You’ll have to lower your stress levels. You may need to enlist the assistance of a friend or family member in order to lower your stress levels.
Try to find easy methods of coping with stress and keep yourself distracted by focusing on the positive outcome of not smoking. You don’t want to have a momentary lapse in your goal by lighting up “just one time”. That will make it more challenging in the long run.
Be easy on yourself. You have no reason to feel guilty. You made a mistake by starting smoking but it doesn’t have to define you or who you are. You’re fixing the problem by quitting smoking. You’ll be saving money and you’re going to be healthier.
Don’t feel guilty for wanting a cigarette, distract yourself and redirect yourself. You’ll be much happier and be able to let go of the guilt the more you can stay on track.
Feeling Sorry For Yourself
The truth is, you’re not missing out on anything by not smoking and you’re gaining everything. You’ll be saving money, you’ll be improving your health and lowering your risk for a heart attack. You know you’re not missing a thing when you quit smoking.
You’re going to smell better and be able to smell your food for the first time in ages. You’ll avoid those nasty yellow stains on your teeth and your fingers. The truth is, you have nothing to feel sorry about and everything to gain.
It takes approximately 3 weeks for a good habit to develop. Don’t give in to temptation, to have ‘just one more’ cigarette for old times’ sake. You know it won’t end there. The desire to cheat on your smoking cessation program will be strong in the earlier weeks.
Every time you overcome that temptation you’ve gained ground. Don’t let the lure of an old habit suck you in. Instead, remember that within about 15 minutes the urge to smoke will pass and you’ll be just fine. You know it’s not going to kill you to stop smoking, even if you’ve smoked for 40 years. Stand strong in the face of temptation and focus on the positive outcome to help avoid temptation.
According to statistics, drinking alcohol is much more likely to cause you to want to smoke. There is some association with the two habits going hand in hand. If you’re trying to quit smoking try avoiding alcohol in the first several weeks to help ease your transition.
The psychological dependence will pass quickly if you focus on the desire to stay smoke free. You’ll save a lot of money and you’ll smell better.
Caffeine often works similar to alcohol if you’re a smoker. You may associate that morning cup of coffee with a cigarette. Focus on new ways to enjoy your life and avoid the coffee if it’s tempting you to smoke.
In time, you might be able to add caffeine back into your diet, for now, concentrate on other ways to start your morning without that first cigarette and a cup of coffee.
Avoiding these six things when you’re trying to quit smoking will go far in helping you to stay strong and reach your goal. Keep in mind that it really does take about 21 days to create a new habit. Up until that point, you may find that you’re feeling like lighting up or reaching for that non-existent pack of cigarettes.
Be patient with yourself and remember that you’re going to feel better, breathe better and save a lot of money by not smoking.
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