When it comes to New Year’s Resolutions most people state that they are either going to lose weight or give up smoking. Unfortunately, many seem to fail on their quest to achieve one of these goals. This blog post deals with the latter; smoking. Let’s be realistic; it is never easy to give up an addictive habit. However, if you read on you will discover some of the best ways to give up smoking and these will give you the best chance of getting your New Year’s Resolution back on track…
1. Make a quit smoking timeline
If you are going to kick this habit once and for all you need to develop a quit smoking timeline. One of the main reasons why so many people revert back to nicotine is because they are unrealistic in their expectations. They believe that they can go from smoking ‘x’ amount a day to smoking literally nothing at all. You need to gradually bring yourself off the cigarettes. Set yourself a quit date several weeks or even months from now. Between now and this quit date you are going to pick milestone dates. On these dates, you will reduce your amount of cigarette intake. Therefore, when it comes to your quit date the transition will be a lot easier for you.
2. Find a distraction
You are going to experience cravings. It is how you deal with them that matters. Identify when you are most likely to crave a cigarette and then find a distraction. This is a great coping mechanism. For example, do you usually light up when somebody calls you for a chat on your phone? If so, make sure your hands are preoccupied. Doodle on a piece of paper. If you experience a craving you could go for a walk, read a book, watch a television program, have a bath, play a computer game, and so on and so forth. Or, why not make a cup of coffee and enjoy that instead? But make sure it is ethically sourced speciality coffee! But don’t just sit there and make it hard for yourself.
3. Change your diet
There are some foods and drinks that make cigarettes seem more appealing whilst there are others that make them taste terrible. Studies showcase that meat makes the thought of lighting up much more appealing. However, fruit, vegetables, and even cheese can make them taste more disgusting. You should also try and limit your intake of tea, fizzy drinks, and alcohol.
4. Take all of the support you can get
Tell your friends and family that you are planning on giving up smoking. Express how determined you are to quit and that you would appreciate their support. Make sure no one offers you a cigarette either. You should also consider joining an online forum. There are many dedicated to those that are trying to kick the habit. You will be able to give and receive support. Thus, whenever you are having a bad day, others in your position will provide some great tips on how to cope.
5. Throw away all of your cigarettes
Last but not least, make sure you chuck away each and every last cigarette you have in your home. Keeping an emergency cigarette never works!