Nowadays, there are many, many ways that you can go about quitting smoking. If you like, you could go cold turkey, or you could gradually cut down. Or, you could even rely on nicotine patches, electronic cigarettes, or even hypnosis! Even this is really just the tip of the iceberg and if you were to consult a doctor about help with quitting smoking you’d start to realize that there truly are tons of options that you could look at.
No matter what option you choose, the one thing that is absolutely essential is that you come up with a solid plan as to how you’re going to quit smoking – and then stick to it. This plan should outline exactly what you want to achieve and when you want to achieve it by, and it should also possibly list all the reasons why you want to quit smoking in the first place – just to remind yourself in case you find that you’re close to giving in to temptation.
For example, if you’ve decided to quit smoking by gradually cutting down then you should set fixed dates as to how you’re going to reduce your cigarette consumption. Also, you should find other activities to make part and parcel of your plan – such as exercising.
Exercise can release endorphins which is part of the reason why you’re addicted to cigarettes in the first place. As such, you could ‘replace’ your addiction to cigarettes with exercise (or at least fool your body in that fashion) so that you don’t find that the temptation is that apparent.
Whatever you end up putting within your plan, once you have made it the tricky part is to actually stick to it. All too often people find that they make a plan but then end up compromising with themselves and telling themselves that it’s okay if they don’t follow it exactly. More often than not, this procrastination will continue until they finally figure out that they’ve not really gotten anywhere at all with their efforts to quit – and give up!