Overcoming a smoking habit may seem like a daunting task, impossible even. Nevertheless, there are those who successfully overcome what many consider one of the hardest habits to stop. Here are 25 tips tip to help you stop smoking.
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Honestly list down all the things that you love and hate about smoking.
Get and fold a sheet of paper into half, then write down on its left side all the things that you like about smoking. On the right side of the page, make a list of all the things you dislike about smoking. After you have come up with your list, see how the negative side of smoking outweighs the positive side.
Make a list of why you think quitting smoking will be hard for you.
No matter how long and discouraging your list may be, try to be as thorough as possible in making your list. After every entry, list an option or two for overcoming that particular challenge. For instance, you can write “nicotine is addictive.” Below that, write “find an alternative for nicotine.”
Post a list of the harmful effects of cigarette smoking in your body in a spot where you can always see it.
Whenever you feel the urge to light up a stick, try looking at this list and think twice. This list will remind you how the habit damages your health.
Set a “quit date.”
Give yourself a deadline. Once you have decided to quit smoking, set a particular date when you are going to smoke your last cigarette stick and resolve not to smoke again after that. Come up with a “quit date contract” and sign it in front of a witness, who can either be a friend or a family member who supports your resolution.
Quit when you are in a good mood.
Based on studies, people who decide to quit when they are depressed are more likely to fail than those who quit when they are in a good mood.