Quitting smoking is the most mature decision you can make in your life. It’s not that easy for some—especially those who’ve been smoking all their adult life. However, for some people, it’s just a simple matter of creating a plan and sticking to it. You need to decide and follow it through.
If you belong to whichever crowd, whatever your reasons, smoking is just bad for you. Here’s how to manage quitting for good.
Plan to succeed
There’s that saying that ‘if you fail to plan…’ you know the rest. Having a plan means you’re committed to seeing it through until you finally don’t crave for cigarettes anymore. If you’re having a hard time, you can ask help from a specialist. If you belong to the crowd who can quit on your own, do it. Be aware that only very few people succeed in quitting this way, though.
If you find it hard to keep away from nicotine, you can go and find other alternatives. This is an effective way of managing your quitting step by step. You can use other sources of nicotine that doesn’t involve smoking other people to death. You can also have a specialist step in to help you with your behavior as well as an addiction to nicotine.
Keep yourself distracted
It’s not that easy to quit smoking since you’re leaving a big opening in your day-to-day activity. You can focus on other activities that are healthier and are more of a help to you. If you want, you can chew gum to keep your mouth busy. If that’s not what you want, you can step out and exercise or choose to walk around, see some friends, or go jogging.
Stay away from certain chores
When you’re smoking, some activities remind you of this life. You alone would know which activities these are and what you can do to avoid them. If you can, throw away your cigarettes or avoid places that would make you smoke again. Follow rules in places that prohibit smoking. You shouldn’t give in to smoking or else you risk coming back to that life.
Always keep a positive outlook
Quitting smoking is an immerse effort on your part. Usually, people plan long and hard for this sort of thing. However, a few weeks into it—or even as soon as a minute after you quit—you feel yourself wanting to get back into the habit. A big help would be to keep your head up and remember why you’re stopping in the first place. It helps you keep things into perspective.
Seek professional help
If you find that you can’t stop on your own, you shouldn’t hesitate to ask help from a professional or from friends. Let them know what you’ve set out to do and let them help you. As easy as it is for some to stop smoking on their own, it’s easier for most to stop smoking when they’ve got people helping them.
These are not the only steps you can take to stop smoking. You can go and create paths to help you stop smoking completely. Having a strong willpower helps tons, but having friends with stronger willpower is fine too.