These are stressful times in the world, and because stress can trigger an urge to smoke, it can feel more difficult to quit now than it ever has. However, with the tips given here, it is possible to overcome your addiction and break out of the stress-smoke-stress-smoke cycle.
Once you’ve decided to kick the smoking habit, tell your family and friends. You will feel that you don’t want to let them down by smoking again, helping to keep you motivated. This could be what you need to keep going.
If you decide to stop smoking and do not want to go cold turkey, consider nicotine replacement therapy. These medications, many of which are available over the counter, keep the level of nicotine in your system steady as you work on not smoking. They can prevent some of the uncomfortable physical symptoms associated with smoking cessation.
Make a commitment to quitting smoking before you begin figuring out how to do so. Many people are not really ready to quit smoking and that is why they ultimately fail. When you feel like giving up, think of what made you quit in the first place.
When you stop smoking, you’ll need a healthy way to cope with the stress associated with the nicotine withdrawal. Perhaps you could go to the gym during the time that your cravings are at their worst, or you could get a new hobby. When you’ve got downtime, distract yourself with friends, books and games, so you don’t think of smoking.
Talk to those who you are close with about the impact of smoking in your life and your decision to quit. They’re there to remind you and help you quit. A good support system is an essential tool. Getting help from other people makes you more likely to succeed.
Quit slowly by reducing the number you smoke over time. This is a good way to ease into the idea of quitting altogether. Try waiting an hour or so before having your first cigarette of the day. You can smoke just one half a cigarette rather than a whole one to cut down on your smoking.
After having learned more about the subject, you should now feel much more confident in your ability to kick your smoking habit for good. If your friends or family members still smoke, pass on what you just learned about quitting. That way everyone can free themselves of this habit, if they wish.