Best way to quit smoking
I recently celebrated my first year without tobacco. Finally, finally free from tobacco ... like many smokers, I tried to quit many times and failed. But this time it is the right, and I would like to share the top 10 things I've done to make this final judgment while others have failed.
SPORT AND HEALTH PROVERBS:
* Just because you’re not sick doesn’t mean you’re healthy *
During stops that failed, I was only half there. I told myself that I wanted to stop, but I always felt in my heart that I went to fail. I have not written anything, I have not told anyone (well, maybe my wife, but just her). This time, I have written. I wrote a plan. I blogged about it. I swore to my daughter. I told my family and friends that I stopped. I went on the net and has joined a forum on smoking cessation. I had rewards. Many of these will be described in the following tips, but what is important is that I am completely committed myself in, and there was no turning back. I have made it difficult for me does fail.
2. Make a plan .
You can not just get up and say "I'm going to stop now." You must be prepared. Plan it. Have a reward system, a support system, a person to call if you have problems. Write down what you will do when you feel the urge to go. Print it. Post it on your wall, at home and at work. If you wait until you feel the urge to think about what you will do, you have already lost. You must be prepared when those cravings you take.
3. Know your motivation .
When the mood takes you, your brain will rationalize "Well, it's not going to hurt you." And forget why you're doing this. Know why you are doing BEFORE that urge comes. Do it for your children? For your wife? For your health? To be able to run? Because the girl you like does not like smokers? Have a good reason, or good reason to stop. List them. Print. Display on a wall. And remember these reasons every day, whenever you feel like.
4. The more a puff, ever .
The mind is a sneaky thing. He will tell you that a cigarette not going to hurt you. And it is difficult to counter this logic, especially when you're in the middle of a desire oppressive. And these cravings are super hard to counter. Do not let them. Say you before the urge comes, you will not be smoking a single puff, ever. Because the truth is that one puff WILL hurt you. A puff will lead to a second, a third, and soon you will not stop, you smoke. Do not cheat with yourself. A single puff will almost certainly lead you to the recession. DO NOT TAKE A TAFFE ONLY!
5. Join a Forum .
One thing that helped me the most was to stop an online forum for those who want to stop ( quitsmoking.about.com English Article ) ... you feel less alone when you are unhappy. Misfortune loves company, after all. Go on the net, introduce yourself, get to know others who are experiencing the same things you do, post about your crappy experience, and read about others who are worse than you. The best rule: Post Before Smoking. If you set this rule, and stay glued to it, you will do it despite your desires. Others tell you. And they celebrate with you on your first day, and then on day 2, 3, and 4, week 1 and beyond. It's great fun. NDT: In France you can consult the special section of Doctissimo forum for example.
6. Reward yourself .
Set a plan for your rewards. Reward yourself for good after the first day and the second and the third. You can do this for the fourth, if you wish, but in any case after the first week and the second week. And the first month and the second month. And 6 months and a year. Create you good rewards, you search: CDs, books, DVDs, tshirt, shoes, a massage, a bike, a dinner at your favorite restaurant, living ... or what you want from what you can afford. Even better: take whatever you would have spent on cigarettes each day, and put it in a jar. It's your jar Award. Be crazy! Celebrate every little success! You deserve it.
7. Defer .
you have a craving, wait. Do the following things: take 10 deep breaths. Drink water. Eat a snack (at first it was candy and gum, then I switched to healthier stuff like carrots and grapes and pretzels). Call the person helping you. Post on your smoking cessation forum. Exercise. DO WHAT YOU WANT BUT Defer Defer Defer. You will pass through, and the urge will go away. When this happens, celebrate it! Treat every desire and every time, and you can do it.
8. Replace Negative Habits with Positive (sport and health) .
What do you do when you are stressed? If currently you react to stress with a cigarette, you have to find something else to do. Deep breathing, self-massage your neck and shoulders, and exercise have functioned perfectly for me. Other habits, such as making the first cigarette the first thing in the morning, or smoking in the car, or any other habit involving a place or a time when you usually smoke, should be replaced by better habits, more positive. Running has been my most positive habit, although I had a few others to replace smoking.
9. Make all the Week of Hell, and then Infernal week, and you're there .
The hardest part is when you stop the first two days. If you passed this, you have passed the stage of detoxification to nicotine, and the rest is mostly mental. But the first week is hell. Which is why it's called Hell Week. After that it starts to become easier. The second week is the Infernal Week, and is difficult, but not as much than is the former. After that, I quietly set sail. I just had to take care of occasional heavy desires, but the rest of cravings were very light, and I trusted that I could get through.
10. If You Fail, Rise. And Learn From Your Mistakes .
Yes, we all fail. This does not mean we are failures, or that we can never have success. If you fail, it's not the end of the world. Get up, dust yourself and try again. I have failed many times before succeeding. But you know what? Each failure taught me something. Finally, sometimes I repeated the same mistakes many times, but I still managed to learn. Imagine what are the barriers to your success and plan to overcome them for your next attempt. And do not wait a few months for your next stop. Give yourself a few days to plan and prepare, commit fully in, and go for it!
BONUS TIP 11: THINK POSITIVE .
This is the most important tip of all. I kept it for last. If you have a positive attitude, I-can-the-making, as trite as it sounds, you will get there. Trust me. it works. Tell yourself that you can do, and you get there. You say you will not succeed, and you will not. When things get rough, think positive! You CAN overcome this desire. You CAN overcome the Week of Hell. And you can do it. I did it. Like millions of others. We are not better than you (in my case, I'm even worse).