Here are a few “field tested” tips on how to stop smoking. Be aware, that smoking is a habit and a physical addiction at the same time. As with any bad habit or addiction, you are simply trying to fill a void in you life. This goes for smoking, drinking, drugs, or overeating as well. Volumes have been written about how to tackle those problems, so, we don’t have to cover them here. There is plenty of info out on the web, if you are interested. We will only talk about how to get rid of smoking.
First: NEVER, EVER, tell yourself: I have to STOP smoking. Your brain will interpret that as: “Oh my god, we will have to live for the rest of our life without the pleasure that smoking is giving us”. This thought process causes you anxiety and that makes you want to smoke one right than and there. Tell yourself instead, that you are REDUCING your smoking. Don’t go “cold turkey” either. Remember, it’s also a physical addiction; your body will have a graving for the nicotine. So, here is what you do.
For the first week, keep smoking as you normally would and just count how many cigarettes you’re smoking each day. That’s it, that simple.
Than on the second week, just cut out one cigarette per day. You keep doing this every week (reducing one cigarette per day) until you reached a level of 2-3 smokes a day. There, you stay for as long as you want. You will feel less and less graving for a cigarette, since you have slowly detoxified your system from the nicotine. From now on, there will be times when you don’t feel like smoking at all. You will gradually reduce the days that you smoke and the days you don’t smoke will be getting more and more. If you have a relapse, don’t panic. Remember, you are only REDUCING your smoking. Just go right back onto the program the next day and you will be all right. You will turn into a social smoker over time, only puffing once in a while. Trust me, this is a field tested method and it works. After a while, you will ask yourself why you still smoke at all. You can that quit completely, or stay at the “once in a while” level. It’s entirely up to you.
Good luck with the program. Feel free to send me any comments or suggestions you might have.
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