If you are thinking about quitting smoking, just do it. Do not rely on other people. I agree, quitting smoking will create temporary adverse effects such as dizziness, mood swings, and cravings. But, these effects are temporary. If you quit every time something was hard, where would you be today? Stick to your guns, do not give in. Quit smoking today and be the role model that other’s look to for strength. Quit smoking and set a positive example for those around you.
If you are a father or father, quit smoking and set an example for your kids. Children are perceptive and absorb everything they see and hear, especially at young ages. Children see the stop smoking ads, children hear the wheezing ladies at the grocery store, children see their grand-mother detach themselves from their oxygen tank in order to be able to smoke a cigarette. By quitting smoking and making the resolution to be a non-smoker to can give your kids valuable lessons. Talking to your kids about your experience with cigarettes; how you started, why you had trouble stopping, the addiction will make it less likely that they too will fall victim to the habit.
We all know someone who has been trying for years to quit smoking but always seem to lack the follow through. Psychological dependence is tough to break. Stop smoking today and be a positive example for that person. By stopping smoking, you can be the person that others turn to for motivation. Imagine how empowered you will be when your close friends and family use you are their motivation. Quit smoking and be the solid rock others look to for strength.
Once you quit smoking, you can become a stop smoking advocate in your community. By getting involved in your community you can, not only set a positive example but also help people by sharing your experiences. Common experiences will bond you with others in your community and you could be the trigger that sets the course for positive change in someone’s life.
Quit smoking for yourself first but also quit smoking for your kids, family, friends and community.
So the big day has finally arrived. The day on which you will finally throw off the shackles of addiction, for good this time! You have planned your day perfectly; you have thrown away the night before, after one last cigarette, all your smoking paraphernalia, remaining cigarettes and lighters. You are ready, finally, to begin a new life as a non-smoker, not inhered or slowed down by the regular ingestion of poisonous fumes in your lungs and through them, of nasty toxins in every molecule of your body.
One of the most powerful tools you can and definitely should be able to count on, on the day that you quit smoking and in the following days and weeks, is your support network. Who or what is your support network? Your support network is everyone you know that cares about you and that is genuinely interested in your success in your endeavour to stop smoking cigarettes for good. Any good stop smoking program will rely heavily on your support network, as it is your most valuable asset in your fight to quit smoking.
Make sure that all the members of your support network are aware of the day on which you are to quit smoking. This will allow them to brace themselves to help. They will be available for you to call and count on should you need moral support – only YOU can quit smoking – and if they are a little organized, will have planned your quit smoking date down to the minutest detail with activities that will not leave you a minute to think, thus avoiding unnecessary temptation.
Your program to stop smoking should certainly involve your support and social network as much as they are willing to be used. Your friends, family and to a certain extent co-workers are the people that should care about you the most on this earth, and have an interest in keeping you around the longest possible. Rely on them.
You’ve decided to quit. Good for you. You can do it! You can quit smoking. But, why battle through it alone. Yes, your friends are there for you, yes your family is proud of your decision and your boss that you no longer need as many breaks. Of course you need to be your own number one cheerleader but there is no denying the benefits of a support group to help you get through the rough patches.
A support group can be just that friends, family and co-workers. Support can mean the people in your surroundings that give you the occasional at-a-girl or the colleague that tempts you just so that you can proudly say, “No thank you, I don’t smoke”, giving you the pride and self-confidence of knowing that yes you can do it.
However, support groups can be more specific than that. I know that in my surroundings very few people know the benefits of a support group or are familiar with where to find one. But, really they are all over the place. Finding a support group can be as simple as opening up the classifieds, searching the post board at the gym/grocery store/school, or most importantly these days search online websites such as kijiji. The benefits are numerous. Support group are people like you sharing the same path at a particular moment in time. It is not always effective to quit with a friend so by using a support group, you are already joined with people who share the same goal. You can profit from each others strength, motivate and be motivated by the success of others. By sticking with the same support group, failing is not an option. But should you have a weak moment, instead of negativity and people saying I knew you wouldn’t/couldn’t do it, you will get encouragement and praise and even more support/wisdom from those that have stood in your shoes at the same place where you are.