Smoking, like any addiction, is pretty hard to overcome. This is true especially if you began smoking at a pretty young age. It’s that hard to avoid because you most probably learned it in the company of your peers. Fear not, however; you can avoid smoking and finally drop it with a bit of help.
Take a look at some of these ideas and see if this works for your journey toward throwing that last pack of smokes in the trash.
A quick, but effective, method
To quit smoking is a monumental effort to some, but the trick is to do it all of a sudden. The cold turkey method supports this. You could go about this two ways—reduce the amount of cigarettes you smoke bit by bit, or just quit smoking in an abrupt, sudden manner.
Go for substitutes
A well-loved method that some people would prefer is to replace cigarettes with a less harmful variant. Nicotine is one of the reasons why some people find it hard to quit; they’ve become addicted to it. A nicotine patch or nicotine-based vape liquid is an effective replacement.
Get the support of friends and family
Another effective way of keeping to your promise is to get the help of people around you. Quitting with a friend is twice the fun and an effective support method; quitting with a family member is another. This is a good method especially if you have a weak willpower.
Get into a group of like-minded people
If your family and friends don’t smoke, or if you can’t get their support, get into a group with the same goal. It’s like an alcoholic’s support group—you can get rid of your habit and, at the same time, meet new friends on the path to becoming a better you.
Involve yourself in activities
When you finally quit, fill your day with lots of activities. You can exercise or do other things during the times you usually smoke. Anything will do, just as long as you don’t have an idle time in the day that reminds you of when you took a ‘smoking break.’
It’s not that easy to quit, especially for people who’ve been smoking for a long time. With the help of family and friends and with a dedicated effort, however, you can achieve a totally smoke-free future.