Smoking is one of the most harmful and deadliest habits to form. It damages not only your health, but also your bank account. One of the biggest issues when trying to quit is that it is an incredibly hard and long task, especially without a solid plan or end goal.
Creating a plan before you quit smoking will allow you to focus and understand how to properly quit. Many people go straight in without a plan and become easily demotivated because they don’t see immediate results.
What Should You Do?
The first course of action will be to set a quit date. This is the most important step as it provides you with a realistic time line of what you’ll need to do. A two week timeline may be the most appropriate as it is not too long but also not too short.
Secondly, tell all your friends, family, and your coworkers about your plan. This will ease the stress and challenge of having to rely on only yourself, you will be given support and encouragement from everyone you tell.
Figure out and plan all the necessary ways to tackle any challenges you may face, like nicotine withdrawals, cravings etc. It will be much easier to not give in to smoking if you can identify any challenges before they arise.
Remove any type tobacco products away from where you live, work, or travel. The temptation of having one comes from knowing that you can just reach for a cigarette.
Talking to your doctor is also an important and crucial step within your two weeks, not only that, but having insurance will make it easier for you to not get discouraged by increasing fees that might come with doctors consultations.
How About Cravings?
Finding out what may trigger your cravings is another great way to stop. Bring a journal or keep a note on your phone on where and when you have your cravings. Rate from 1 to 10 on how bad the cravings are. Easy triggers to identify may include, cravings after a meal, cravings around other people (especially other smokers).
Replacing the cravings with another habit such as chewing gum or eating healthy foods such as fruit.
The last thing to identify is nicotine withdrawal. You will experience a number of different symptoms, from hunger, upset stomach, fatigue, cigarette cravings, as well as a large list of other symptoms.
The symptoms you feel temporary and will subside once the toxins have gone from your body.
If you follow this advice, it will become much easier to stop smoking. With the support of your friends, family, co-workers, and doctor, you’ll be able to live a much easier and stress free life.