People who are embarking on the journey to quit smoking can prepare themselves so that they have a suitable plan to deal with each of the challenges that emerge along the way.
Just like any other difficult task, those who succeed know what’s coming and how to overcome it, while those who fail are normally inadequately prepared.
Apart from adopting a balanced and positive mental attitude that’s founded on really good personal reasons to quit, you should also have a solid plan to deal with the physical effects and inevitable lifestyle changes ahead.
Nicotine is highly addictive and when you stop smoking, the withdrawal symptoms may be very uncomfortable, especially during the initial few days and in the first 2 weeks.
Acknowledge that this period will be extremely difficult and may be one the hardest things you’ve ever done. But also know that’s it will only be temporary, and you’ll have accomplished a major achievement in your life once it’s over.
Do your research and identify all of the smoking cessation products on the market to see which ones may be suitable for you. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, or seek advice about the best ways to cope with nicotine withdrawal.
Speak to ex-smokers who have successfully stayed quit to learn from their experience, or read about their stories online, listen to their interviews and watch their videos on YouTube.
To be prepared for what’s coming, you can do lots of research and reading with an open mind to arm yourself with as much information and knowledge as possible.
You want to have a plan and an answer for every little temptation or craving when it pops up, and you don’t want any nasty surprises that you don’t have an answer for.
If you know what you’ll be encountering and how to deal with each challenge effectively, your experience will be a lot easier than for someone who is having to battle the withdrawals and temptations without a plan, and in the heat of the moment when they won’t be able to think clearly.
Go through one of the many quitting smoking timelines available to get a complete understanding of what happens to your mind and body when you stop smoking. Start with the day-to-day effects, and progress to discover what happens from week to week, and then from month to month.
Identify problem areas that may be particularly applicable to you and devise a clever plan to get over them. Study your lifestyle and daily routine in detail to note when you smoke, and the times when your craving is strongest. Then, think of ways to overcome those challenges.
By having a well thought out strategy that accounts for all of the hardest parts of smoking cessation, you will definitely be in a better position to quit for good.