How many times have you tried to quit smoking? Time and time again, no doubt. That’s how it is with most people who try to quit.
This article will focus on what you need to do to get started, because preparation is crucial to your success. And I’m guessing you didn’t really ‘prepare’ yourself in the past. So let’s start.
If you’ve already tried numerous times and failed, you already know how difficult it is to quit smoking. Addictions are like that. They take a firm hold of your mind and won’t let go, unless you figure out the magic key to breaking that grip.
Admit that you are addicted
The first thing is to actually admit that you have a problem with smoking. This can be extremely difficult for some people, but it is necessary in order for the ‘cure’ to begin. It’s just like accepting the fact you don’t know something so you can actually go the next step and learn.
So the second step is to learn a bit about addictions and how they work. Here’s a brief explanation.
An addiction is a habit or activity that, over time, you feel a compulsion to do. Compulsions are very powerful and are self-perpetuating. They will not be deterred, even when our lives or lifestyles are at risk.
Why do people get addicted?
People living in our fast paced and stressful society feel they need that chemical prop in order to cope effectively. In the beginning, that prop offers temporary help. Props or ‘addictions’ can include alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine drinks, drugs and even certain foods like sugar and chocolate. Addictions also develop from painkillers, gambling, dieting and exercise.
Over time, these behaviors cause a physical change in the way the brain functions, which makes it difficult to stop. We come to believe that this is normal and our behaviors are normal.
What are the first steps to quit smoking?
It takes time to quit smoking, just as it took time for you to start smoking. This is important to keep in mind. Quitting doesn’t happen overnight, but it doesn’t take forever, either.
Make the decision - truly believe
The first thing to do is make that all-important decision. You’ve already admitted to being a cigarette or nicotine addict. Now you want to set in your mind the deep desire to want to become a non-smoker.
There are several ways you can do this. What often works for some people is to consider the damage your smoking is causing, not only to your health but to your family’s health. They worry about you.
Fear is one of the most powerful motivators to make us change our behavior. If you can find a way to scare yourself into quitting, it will help significantly.
Think about all the negative things about your smoking. Here’s a list:
At about $5 - $10 a day that’s $1,800 to $3,650 each year – Vacation money!
It wastes my money:
I could do much better things with my money – buy a new ‘toy’ or take a trip
Every time I light up, I’m inhaling more toxins that are blocking my airways
My clothes stink, my hair stinks, my car and house stink. It’s disgusting and a real turn-off
It’s a waste of time:
It doesn’t improve my life, it doesn’t make me a better person
It’s unhealthy for my family:
I’m putting them at risk every time they get a whiff of my smoke
It’s a toxic nightmare:
Tars and nicotine are a lethal combination and will surely make me sick
It’s being banned by society:
When I light up, I have to isolate myself from society
I’ve already damaged my body:
The more I smoke, the worse I’ll be affected but I can turn it around if I quit now.
And if fear or these negative aspects of smoking don’t do the trick for you, find something that will. We are all different, so figure out what’s important to you.
It’s quit smoking time!
To start on that road to a healthy lifestyle, get your mind on your side. Refuse to let your addiction control you. Be strong. Build it from within. Force that adrenalin through your system. Tell yourself you can quit and you will quit. You are strong and quite capable of taking back your life.
Here’s the drill:
Step 1. Admit that you are an addict.
Step 2. Set your mind to truly believing you want to quit.
Step 3. Have strong convictions and don’t give in.
Step 4. Remind yourself that you are strong and can overcome.
This is just the beginning, but if you adopt these attitudes you will be well on your way to becoming a non-smoker again.
If you need help, there are lots of forums on the internet where you can talk over your situation with other smokers who are trying to quit. Get in touch with the organizations that offer tips on how to quit smoking. See your doctor if you are really struggling.
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