How to Stop Smoking
Simple step-by-step plans that can help you stop smoking
- Set a date
Pick a day and time in the near future that you expect to be relatively stress-free.
- Write down your reason
Consider why you want to stop smoking and jot the reasons down.
- Get your friends and family board
Ask your loved ones to keep you distracted by taking walks or playing games.
- Identify your triggers
Create health distraction to head off potential smoking triggers. If you smoke after dinner, plan to take a chat on the phone.
- Anticipate Cravings
When craving strikes, focus on something else like reviewing the list of the reason why you quit, taking a deep breath or just do whatever it takes until the craving subsides.
- Distract yourself
Keep celery stalks, carrot sticks, nuts, or gum. This will come handy because it’ll give your mouth something to do when craving occurs.
- Expect to feel a little off
Nicotine withdrawal can make you feel anxious, cranky, sad, and even make it hard for you to fall asleep, it helps to know that all these are normal and it is part of the process.
- Throw out all your cigarettes
If you don’t have cigarettes on hand, it will make it that much easier to stay the course when a craving hits.