What it Takes to Quit Smoking
What it Takes to Quit Smoking There comes a time in the life of a smoker when a realization
hits that perhaps it is best to quit. This may come at the urging of a spouse, doctor, friend or even a child. The
pleading and requests of well-meaning individuals is never enough to bring you to this point. It is a personal
place that a smoker arrives at when they make the realization that it is the right decision for them to quit. The
decision may be influenced by health issues, or money concerns, or for appearances sake. Smoking does cause your
skin to age prematurely and who wants wrinkles! Smoking also stains your teeth and makes them unsightly. The
unmistakable smell of a smoker may also be a factor in the decision to quit. Any or some or even all of these may
factor into your decision to quit. Once at this point the next step is to realize all that will be involved in the
process of quitting. There will be some discomfort involved. Nicotine is after all habit-forming. To break any
habit, sacrifice and pain is expected. There are cravings to deal with during the quitting process. All smokers are
aware of what cravings are as they experience them whenever they are out of cigarettes and have to wait to have
one. Sometimes cravings hit because of being in a public place or other situation where smoking is not allowed.
There is nothing worse to a smoker, than being in a situation where smoking is banned and they really need to have
a smoke. When the decision to quit is made, the very next craving will be one that you have to say no to. Saying no
and meaning it will be really tough. You will need to be prepared for just how tough it will be to quit. Your
determination and motivation to quit will need to be stronger than your desire to satisfy that craving. How does a
smoker maintain the determination and motivation to quit? The motivation is a known element because it is what
brought you to this point. It may be that you just watched your best friend die of lung cancer, or you may have
seen a movie depicting what the lungs of a smoker looks like, or you may have made the decision to become pregnant
and wish to be smoke-free for the new life that will soon be inside of you. There are many, many different
motivators and every smoker will have a different motivator or perhaps more than one motivator. The best way to
maintain your determination is to keep that motivator or motivators in front of you at all times. Make the
motivator tangible. If you are motivated by your best friends death, keep a picture of your best friend with you at
all times. If your motivator is the idea of what your lungs must look like find a picture of the lungs of a smoker
and photocopy it if possible and tape the picture up where you will see it often during the day and at night. If
your motivator is your unborn child and you are able to have an ultrasound done, keep a print from the ultrasound
in your purse and refer to it whenever you need to be strong against cravings.
What Happens When You Quit Smoking An ideal way to support your own goal is to keep a Smoke Free Journal so that you can record all the important steps you take from day 1 right though the milestones - week 1, month 1, your 3 month anniversary, 6 months, and 1 year of being smoke free. Recording your failures and triumphs will inspire you later down the road. It may even inspire someone else to succeed. Support your goal not only by clearly defining when and how you will quit smoking, but make sure that you have the information that you need to cover all the bases regarding any obstacle you may encounter on your journey to being smoke free.
After Quit Smoking
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