Giving up smoking is not that easy. Just ask a smoker, they will likely tell you how many times they have tried to kick the habit.
There are alot of good reasons to try – the health benefits and the money you’ll save make it worthwhile, plus smelling sweeter has to be another incentive.
There are a lot of products and self help programs to help you get started, and as the saying goes, if at first you don’t succeed, try try and try again.
Different products work for some people better than others and breaking the habit is just as important as giving up the addiction, here are some tips that may help:
Make some rules – and stick to them. Don’ smoke inside, so guests or anyone else has to go outside to light up. Pack up the ashtrays and don’t have them dotted around the house or have one room or area set aside for smoking and keep the ashtrays only in this area, most people are happy to oblige once they know the rules.
Avoid situations where you are more likely to want to smoke, at least in the beginning. If you enjoy lighting up with a cup of coffee, try not to drink as much or change to something else without that connection. It might help to drink less alcohol, the temptation to smoke, especially if people smoke around you is often enough to break anyone’s resolve.
Put off lighting up. Try to only smoke one cigarette every couple of hours or so. Don’t keep your cigarettes handy to you, so you have to take a walk to get one, and keeping yourself busy. Amazing how time passes if you keep busy and there are less reminders of smoking around.
Don’t smoke in your car. All this can help you to cut down and hopefully remind you to strengthen your resolve.
Visit your doctor, he/she will give you an idea of how many products are on the market to help you give up and many are by prescription only, and can help you decide which one is most suitable for you.
Products made to help people give up smoking include Nicorette chewing gum and patches, to help fight withdrawal symptoms which can include anxiety, insomnia and increased appetite. Your doctor can also prescribe pills which work on the receptive centre in your brain to curb your desire to smoke.
Some of the above can have unwanted side effects, so it is important to seek medical advice to find out which product would be suitable for you.
The strategies outlined above do help you to cut down, the most important thing is really wanting to give up.
A friend once calculated I had smoked away three houses over the years. A bit of a shock. and strong motivation to give up.