When you are working yourself up to deciding on a date to finally quit smoking cigarettes for good, there are several steps that you take that will make quitting easier when you actually come up to the date, have to throw away your remaining cigarettes, lighters and ashtrays, and wash all you clothes to make sure they don’t smell anymore.
A very effective tool in your arsenal to get ready to quit is to practice going without cigarettes. This will allow you to learn to deal with cravings as they occur. Contrary to popular belief, nicotine cravings will not make you chew the rugs or climb the curtains like an insane cat! The worst that can happen is that you will really, really want a cigarette, and since you don’t have any, because you are practising to go without, you will have to make do.
What do to when you are practicing going without cigarettes and a craving hits you like a ton of bricks? Involve yourself in something else, for example, strike up a conversation, pick up a book or magazine, or even have a tall glass of ice-cold water. Drink it all in one go, and you’ll see that by the time you get to the bottom, your teeth will hurt so much from the cold you won’t be thinking about your cigarette!
Seriously, I’m kidding about the teeth hurting – although they may – but the idea is to change your mind. The typical nicotine craving lasts 2-5 minutes. That’s all you have to deal with. And since you haven’t quit yet, there’s no harm in deciding to bum a cigarette from a friend or co-worker if you feel like you really must.
The important thing is to keep going and to develop reflexes and mechanisms that you can use to your advantage once you have quit smoking.