It takes 21 days to break a habit. Like most of the things that are good in life, a great deal of effort and perseverance is required if you want to consider yourself someone who no longer smokes. If quitting were easy, everyone would do it without any issue. Here are 18 tips to quit smoking, many that may be new to you.
#1: Cold Turkey
Simply putting down the cigarettes and making a conscious decision not to have another is the best way to go. You have to fight through the cravings, but if you can stay focused and keep your will strong you can do it.
#2: Keep an Inspiration List
Every day write in a journal the top five to ten reasons why you want to quit smoking. Keep a running total of how much money you are saving on a daily basis by quitting. Everyday this will serve as a constant reminder and motivator as to why you should not smoke again.
#3: Start a Health Habit to Replace Smoking
Take up a particular exercise such as running. Each week as you accomplish your distance specific goals, you will be motivated not to smoke because you don’t want to take a step backwards.
#4: Find a Healthy Snack Habit
Choose a raw vegetable or nuts to snack on each time you crave a cigarette. Give your hands something else to do.
#5: Hang out with Non-Smokers
Stopping smoking is much easier when you don’t hang around with people who still do it.
#6: Invest in a Patch
There is a new company called Le-vel in health & wellness today that offers a patch called DFT. Wearing this patch will fill in your body’s nutritional gaps. This will in turn help you lose the craving for smoking. There are also other brands on the market today that are specifically geared toward helping you stop smoking. Take some time and research the one that is best for you.
#7 Stay Strong in Your Faith
Many people who have quit successfully state they could not have quit if they had not focused on daily prayer and meditation.
#8 Join a Support Group
There are many support groups available that can help you have someone to share your feelings with who can also serve as prime motivators to help you stay on your plan of quitting.
Allen Car wrote “An Easy Way to Quit Smoking”. This book has helped many people overcome this goal.
#10: Consider Cancer Risks
Knowing your family history is important on this one.
#11: Take it One Day at a Time
Keep track of the days on your calendar.
#12: Set a Birthday Milestone
Pick a date to celebrate monthly for not continuing to smoke.
#13: Try Toothpicks
Toothpicks will give you something to hold in your mouth to replace the cigarette.
#14: Use Hard Candy
When you crave a cigarette, eat a piece of hard candy instead.
#15: Try Homeopathic Remedies
There are many homeopathic remedies that can help you stop smoking.
It’s worth a try if it helps you quit.
#17: Quit for your Children or Grandchildren
You want to be around to see them grown and they can be a great motivator.
#18: Change your Outlook
Remember, you are irreplaceable. Change your outlook and it will go a long way to helping you quit.