Most people know that smoking is bad for them, but it seems as though few know how to quit. The key to successfully quitting smoking is being prepared. The following tips are from Smokefree.gov.
- Pick a Quit Date
When it comes to choosing a quit date, sooner is always better than later. Avoid picking a day where you know you will be busy, stressed, or tempted to smoke. Circle your quit date on a calendar and write it somewhere that will be a constant reminder. Put reminders anywhere you feel necessary to make sure your quit date doesn’t slip your mind.
- Let Everyone Know You Want to Stop
Quitting smoking is easier with support from people in your life. Let them know that you are planning to quit and explain how they can help you. Don’t be afraid to let your loved ones know that you need help!
- Remove Reminders of Smoking
Throw it all away! Don’t hold on to an emergency pack of cigarettes or stash away extra lighters. Every reminder you have of that nasty habit will make it harder for you to quit.
- Identify Your Reasons to Quit Smoking
Remind yourself everyday why you are quitting! Whether you want to stop smoking to be healthier or just to save money, there is a reason and it must be important to you. Your reason for quitting may be the one thing keeping you from falling back into old habits.
- Identify Your Smoking Triggers
Make a list of everything that makes you feel like smoking. Write down one way you can deal with or avoid each item on your list. Keep this list handy while you are trying to quit and refer back to it when you are struggling.
- Have Places You Can Turn to For Help
Quitting smoking is hardest during the first few weeks. You will deal with uncomfortable feelings, temptations to smoke, withdrawal symptoms, and cigarette cravings. Whether it is a support group, or good friend, make sure you have some type of support available at all times.
If you are thinking about quitting or you are on your journey to being smoke free, you deserve a pat on the back because you are one step closer to living a healthier life!