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Quitting Smoking: Knowing Where to Begin

Are you thinking about quitting the smoking routine and wondering where to begin?

Having a specific plan of action can improve your chances of quitting smoking forever.

A good plan of action is in writing. By not only thinking about quitting, writing it down allows you to analyse your reasoning and to determine all aspects of your quitting smoking regimen including your motivation, your triggers, the barriers preventing your success, and the reasons why you smoke. In your quitting smoking plan, ensure that you include all resources at your disposal, as well as support network that you can benefit from.

Do your research.

Learn what other ex-smokers went through physically, emotionally and physically. Smoking affects your brain composition, it is normal that quitting smoking can affect your emotional well-being. Learn how to deal with the change. Acknowledge your skills, and knowledge that you already have. I am sure you or someone you know has failed at quitting and has shared their experience including their reasons for returning to the habit. Also, write down the times your coping strategies for not being able to smoke. For example, a friend of mine never smoked in front of his parents even as an adult with children of his own. I guess it was a respect thing. However, the point is that this person could spend an entire afternoon visiting with his parents and not smoke. But, this same person could not spend an hour sitting at a restaurant with friends without the need to light up. Draw on your experiences and the experiences of others to stay on the right path. Draw on your strengths and the times that you were able to stay smoke-free for extended amounts of time.

Implement the plan

Now that your plan is established, determine your date and make the change. Once all the hard work of planning is completed, all you have left is to quit smoking. By making a detailed plan in advance, you can refer to it whenever you are feeling weak. The beautiful aspect of creating such a detailed plan is that implementation is just to quit smoking and referring to your plan whenever you are tempted. The plan will help you to achieve your goal. Now, sit back and enjoy a smoke-free life.

Switch Cigarette Brands to Help Cut Down

There are many ways to lower your nicotine intake when you are getting ready to stop smoking. This will lessen the grip that nicotine has on you – or that you think it has – and make the process of quitting smoking a whole lot more pleasant, or rather less unpleasant, than it would have been otherwise.

A tried, tested and true method of smoking less, and thus reducing your nicotine intake, is to switch to a brand of cigarettes you find distasteful. Since you find them gross, you will smoke a lot less of them, while still smoking enough to maintain your nicotine addiction. It is, as they say, an addiction, and no matter how gross you find the new brand of cigarettes you’re smoking, if you keep smoking them for long enough, you will find that you actually enjoy them. I speak here as someone who has been down that road before!

This is why it is important to do the switch to the distasteful brand only a few short weeks before your immovable, fixed quit date. If you switch too long in advance, you will actually start to love the new disgusting cigarettes – that’s a fact, boys and girls! – and you will have switched to something you find gross for no reason.

As with all the recommendations I offer on this website, this way of doing things is not meant to specifically torture you. You have to keep you eyes on the ball and know that you will eventually stop smoking cigarettes, and you’ll be a better person for it. I know that sometimes you are so focused on the tree that it’s difficult to see the forest out there, but stopping smoking cigarettes is the real short, medium or long term goad here, and don’t you forget it!

Practice Going without Cigarettes Before Quitting Smoking

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.

Cut Down on Sugar Before Quitting Smoking

One of the greatest fears people have about quitting smoking is that they will gain weight in the aftermath of stopping smoking cigarettes. While it is true that many people report a modest weight gain after following a program to quit smoking, the weight gained is in general inconsequential in scope, and its long-term harmful effects pale in comparison to the the deadly consequences of smoking cigarettes.

In general, most new non-smokers will gain only a few pounds after quitting smoking. For almost everyone, this is something that is barely noticeable. Doctors even usually recommend to quit smoking first, and deal with the weight gain – if any – later, as it is comparatively not important.

That being said, there are several things you can do to avoid gaining weight when you quit smoking. The easiest and most effective, by far, is to learn to control your sugar intake before you quit smoking. Sugar, when not used as energy, turns into fat and is the leading cause of obesity in America; cutting down on sugar is a great thing to do for everyone, not just future non-smokers!

It is important to reduce your sugar intake before you quit smoking, as your body will get used to working with less sugar, and expecting a lot less. After a little while, you will no longer get sugar cravings. When you quit smoking, for most people it is very easy to fall into the sugar trap and stuff your face full of sugar as a means of coping with withdrawal. If you’ve already cut your sugar intake, you will no longer have that reflex, greatly limiting the weight gain that might occur as a result of stopping smoking.

Cutting down on sugar before you stop smoking is a great way to avoid the weight gain often associated with quitting smoking, and is a great thing to do, anyways. Your whole body will thank you!