You’ve probably promised yourself you’re going to quit many times now. How long have you been smoking? Do you know people who have died from it? Aren’t you tired of sneaking off behind buildings to light up? Aren’t you afraid to keep smoking? Honestly, isn’t it about time you found a way to quit?
You Know The Dangers
Everybody knows that smoking causes serious health complications and many deaths. For some reason, that’s not enough to motivate people to quit. It really doesn’t matter how addictive cigarettes are, they are simply not worth the risk. Have you ever seen someone dying from emphysema? Do you know that a single session of chemo can last more than seven hours? Even if you didn’t get cancer, smoking zaps a decade or more off your life expectancy. Don’t think “That just won’t happen to me.” You know better, and so does everyone who cares about you.
You’ve Got Help
There are so many things to help you with quitting, and at least one of them will work for you. Look into the gum, patch or electronic cigarettes. Ask your doctor about a prescription cessation method too, as these have been very effective for millions of people. You could try hypnosis–don’t automatically rule it out because you think it’s quirky either–the power of suggestion can be a great tool. Don’t forget about support groups either, ones you can attend in person around town or something online. People who have already quit can tell you what to expect and how to get through it. Lean on these aids: They could be your best or only real shot at quitting smoking for good.
You Have To Believe You Can Do It
Stop thinking that it’s going to be impossible to quit, because you’ll talk yourself right out of being able to do it. Instead, make up your mind that you have the power. All things considered, you’ve got enough at stake to light a fire underneath you and keep it going until you succeed. Believing that cigarettes are something you have to be a slave to and live and die for will be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
You’ve Got To Be Totally Committed
Most smokers go through phases with quitting. They get their hopes up, make a plan and are temporarily determined to finally give up the habit. Then a few bumps in the road happen, and they allow themselves to be discouraged. Don’t let a bad day, argument with your significant other or missing an important appointment drive you back to smoking. Be prepared, by having ways to vent stress. Keep the nicotine gum or an electronic cigarette with you in the beginning, to get you through the most difficult initial cravings. One way or another, you must be fully committed to the process of quitting. A half-hearted attempt will keep you in the cycle forever.
Make up your mind, then make a plan that suits you personally. Use the cessation aids, support groups and anything else you need to finally do it. You owe it to yourself and everyone who cares about you to find a way to quit smoking. Sooner rather than later, too.