Natural solutions for quitting smoking
So you've finally decided to quit smoking for good this time. If you're thinking of taking medication to help you, stop. You don't need any medication to get to your goal – quitting smoking cold turkey is the most effective method. Before you embark on this journey you should arm yourself with some information that will help you along the way. Here are 10 tips for quitting smoking naturally:
- Want to stop. Only you can determine the outcome of your challenge. Millions have done it before and so can you. Stamp out the loser mentality that you're not going to make it and that life is going to be miserable. Believing in yourself is the most important thing.
- Never give up. Whether this is your first or your 50th attempt at quitting, you should not look at the previous attempts as failures but rather as proof of how unhappy you are to be a smoker. Use those prior attempts to your advantage and learn from them.
- Weighty issues. Don't put off quitting because you fear gaining weight. Understand that gaining weight is less damaging to your health than smoking. Any weight gain can be addressed later, and achieving natural weight loss will be easier than quitting smoking.
- Set yourself a quit date (Q-date). This is the date when you will stop smoking. Don't over-smoke the night before, and before you head to bed, remove all ash trays, lighters and anything associated with the habit. Destroy all unused cigarettes.
- Share your Q-date. Let others know that you're quitting, and seek their support. Ask them not to smoke near you and to be kinder to you. There are many more people than you think who would be more than willing to help you drop the habit.
- Talk to others. The Internet has many free support groups that can help you quit. One of the better known sites is quitnet.net – it has a wealth of resources and a support group that is second to none. Use these facilities before and during your transition to becoming an ex-smoker. Check out your local community centers for similar programs and use them.
- Break the chain. During the first two weeks, try changing your schedule. You may have to stay away from certain smoking friends for a while (after informing them, of course) and take on other enjoyable activities such as going to the movies, taking walks with your family or starting a physical fitness program. Take a few days off from work, if it will help.
- Reward yourself. Reward yourself for each day you stay smoke-free. Do something really special when you hit the one-week, two-week or one-month mark smoke-free. Although the money you would have saved is a reward in itself, nothing beats celebrating a victory. Take it an hour at a time. Whenever you get the urge to smoke, just tell yourself that you won't smoke right now. Urges are instantaneous and will normally pass quickly. If an urge occasionally lingers, occupy yourself – once you stop thinking about it, it will simply go away.
- Forgive yourself. Although you should work toward not smoking at all, if you do accept an offered cigarette or find that you're getting pleasure from inhaling in the secondhand smoke of others, you should not interpret this as a sign that you are too weak to arrive at your goal. Instead, use all the resources available to you to overcome the problem.
- You are an ex-smoker. It is important that you realize that you are an ex-smoker, not a non-smoker. The difference between the two is that the latter never had a desire to smoke. You should never try out another cigarette once you've quit – it would probably undo all the effort you put into quitting. The true benefits of quitting manifest themselves when you and those close to you start noticing that you are leading a more enjoyable and active lifestyle. The exclusions induced by smoking are simply gone.
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