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Quitting Smoking may Involve Relapses

Quitting smoking successfully is something that involves many resources, and that you must truly commit to. After all, you may have been smoking cigarettes several years, and long habits are not broken overnight. When dealing with a substance as addictive as tobacco, and with habits as powerfully reinforced through repetition as smoking cigarettes, then it is that much more difficult to change. This is why once you have taken the positive step to quit smoking cigarettes, there is always the possibility of a relapse, as unpleasant as that may sound.

Relapse occur most often when you think that you have the addiction beat, and that you think you can have “just one” cigarette. Understand that when you relapse, you are never having just one cigarette. You are, in effect, smoking all the cigarettes you will smoke until you quit again. So before relapsing, tell yourself if you really should be smoking those 10,000 cigarettes… Are they really worth it?

Common belief holds that relapses occur most often in threes: three days, three weeks, three months, and three years. There is no scientific basis for these numbers, but anecdotal evidence as well as personal experience point to a grain of truth to these numbers. The important thing is to pay attention to the cigarette cravings you will get. Realize that they are nothing more than your dying addiction trying to trick you into injecting some new life into it. Don’t do it.

While previous smokers will never be free of the danger of relapse, you must know that an early relapse is not the death sentence to your quit smoking efforts. You have to resolve to be more careful and to pay closer attention to the relapse warning signs. When you are able to see them for what they are, you will be able to quit smoking cigarettes for good.

Challenge Yourself not to Smoke Cigarettes for a Day

Quitting smoking cigarettes is as much a mind game as anything else. It is not about patches, gums, lozenges or other nicotine replacement systems, although for some people, these strategies will help them tremendously in their quest to become non-smokers. No, quitting smoking is a game that is played between your two ears, and at some point you have to up the ante and make decisions.

The best decision you can make, just before quitting, is to get up in the morning and decide you will not smoke cigarettes all day. It has to be a decision! Once the decision is made, all other possibilities stop existing, so there is no choice but to follow through with what you have decided, in this case, not smoking cigarettes all day.

Think about it. During the day, you smoke about a cigarette an hour, or more, whatever it is. During the night, as you are sleeping, you will go seven hours or more without smoking. Don’t think you don’t get nicotine cravings when you sleep, because you do! The fact it, they are not even powerful enough to wake you up! So if your sleeping self can shrug off nicotine cravings because it enjoys sleeping more than it does smoking, st stands to reason that you can do the same thing, consciously, for a single day?

I know that some people are indeed woken up by nicotine cravings, and light up a cigarette in the middle of the night. I was there for a while, but that is far from the majority of smokers.

In the quest to become a non-smoker, it is important to set up these battles between you and the cigarettes, and to win them. You may not win them all – no one does – but you must prove to yourself that you can do it. And you can! With the right tools and the right frame of mind, you’ll be surprised at how easy it’ll be!

Learn to Deal with Stop Smoking Symptoms

There are many symptoms associated to quitting smoking. You know what those symptoms are, because everyone and anyone that you have told about quitting smoking will have told you what symptoms to expect, especially smokers that have failed at quitting. They will certainly try to justify their own failures by telling you how all those quit smoking symptoms were horrible and impossible to deal with.

Well, have I got news for you. If you decide that those symptoms are horrible and you let yourself be convinced of that by other people, you better believe that they will be too much to bear! If you convince yourself that you won’t be able to do it because of various symptoms, then you will fail. It’s as simple as that.

I have a suggestion for you. Quit smoking and see for yourself what those symptoms are, and decide for yourself, like a big boy – or girl – what you can and can not deal with. And you’ll be surprised at the answer!

The reality of quitting smoking is that physical symptoms, mild as they are, last only about 2 or 3 weeks at the very most. After 3 weeks, no more symptoms. And even then, they are only symptoms if you decide that they are! Smoking cigarettes is not a natural thing, and your whole body will be very glad to be rid of such a gross habit. It’s only a tiny part of your brain, the junky that’s addicted to nicotine that will bemoan the loss of cigarettes. Your lungs will feel better, and your heart will be jumping for joy!

The symptoms of quitting smoking are temporary and will disappear on their own in a few short weeks. And remember that they are only as bad as you decide they will be!

The Timing is Wrong to Quit Smoking

Excuses are always plentiful when you are trying to disrupt the status quo. Whether you are trying to diet, start an exercise program, change jobs or quit smoking. Once you review your stages of readiness and have decided that you want to quit smoking, do not fall into the trap of perfect timing.

Most of us try to live by a false sense of reality. We try to live with the belief that there is such a thing as the perfect time. We finish school, we get married, we have children all in the order of the way things should be. This belief in perfect timing is especially true for quitting smoking; there are tons of reasons to not change a thing. Change is difficult, so if you wait for the perfect time, you will still be waiting on your death bed.

Take action.

It is the most difficult part of any process. Sure you can think about change, you can plan for change. It is simple to imagine how your life will be better once the change is implemented. But it is the implementation phase, the doing it stage, that requires the desire, the will-power, and the strength. The time is right once you make the choice. Your life is in your hands and the timing will always be wrong until you tell yourself otherwise.

It is easy, just make the decision the quit and follow through.

I admit it; I was also petrified of failing at quitting. It took me at four solid attempts at quitting and the average is about the same. But, you can do better. All you have to do is decide and keep deciding to be a non-smoker. The timing will be right as soon as you decide to stop smoking. Only you can determine the perfect time. Regain the control!