Making The Decision To Quit
Just like starting the habit of smoking is a decision, so is the choice to quit. It has to be a deep desire that you have. How long you've been smoking and how often you smoke on a daily basis is part of the big picture as well. Sometimes you may want to stop, but over the years you've become accustomed to stopping by your favorite smoke shop to grab a pack of cigarrettes.
If you're really ready to stop smoking, you're going to need to do more than just think about breaking the habit. It's going to take time, patience, support and some major will power on your part. While on your journey to a smoke free life, there are some things you can do to help keep you on track.
Consider The Side Effects
I'm sure after smoking your first pack, you started to ignore the surgeon's general warning on the side of every pack. In case you don't remember what it says, it talks about how smoking tobacco products can cause harm to pregnant women and an unborn child. This includes, but isn't limited to, low birth weight.
Not only does it harm others through second hand smoke, smoking also increases your risk for lung and throat cancer and even high blood pressure. It's just not a healthy habit and it doesn't benefit you or anyone around you in any way, shape or form.
Don't Do It Alone
Tell your family and friends your plans to quit smoking because they are the people who care about you the most. If you ever try to smoke in front of them, chances are they aren't going to stand for it. They will remind you of your plan and some friends or family members may even snatch that butt away from you faster than a cat can clean itself.
You're probably close with your family and this particular support system is one you can be comfortable with. Even if you slip up, you'll feel more comfortable talking to your best friend or closest family member and they'll just step up their cigarrette patrol by keeping a closer eye on your actions.
It can be any gum, just chew. I'd recommend chewing gum that either tastes good or whitens teeth. It's also a good idea to choose a gum that has a mint flavor as this will help fight the cravings. Your mouth needs to stay busy. Eating all day isn't a good idea, but since gum is a low calorie snack that gets the job done as far as keeping your mouth busy.
Mint flavors might help you reconsider smoking because you don't want to ruin your fresh breath.
Stock your fridge with water. You're going to need it to fight the withdrawals and headaches. Smoking dehydrates you, and sweating when you're craving a cigarrette. Replacing a drug with a healthy and refreshing fluid is going to help ease the physical discomfort you're going to experience while giving yourself a chance to live a healthier life.
Socialize With Non-Smokers
Going out with friends that don't smoke will keep your eyes on the prize (the prize being not having to fight urges anymore). You respect your friends and want them to be comfortable, nor do you want to interrupt the good mood by puffing smoke in their face.
You don't want to be the butt of the party (that's just not cool) nor do you want to get left out of group activities because you're "a smoker" that none of your friends want to be around. Respect your friends and respect yourself in the process.
Take It A Day At A Time
This is something that's not going to happen overnight. If you focus on one day at a time, it's going to make what seems to be impossible seem a lot easier. After one week of having absolutely no cigarrettes, you're going to be more determined to keep that record of smoke free days.