Are you ready to quit? Here are my top tips for quitting smoking to help you on the path to success:
1. Tip for Quitting Smoking – Focus on your motivators
Motivation waxes and wanes and this is 100 percent normal—what can you do to increase your motivation when you feel defeated or low?
#2 – Build confidence
Confidence that your attempt will be successful is important! What can you do to increase your confidence levels? Your confidence can increase when you make and achieve a series of small goals, when you visualize your success and when you feel like you have the tools ready for any situation.
Many smokers smoke to manage stress, distress, and negative emotions. Being prepared with other ways to manage these feelings can be difficult and takes a lot of practice.
In the process of quitting smoking it is very important to be aware of how to deal with stress in the future. Stress is one of the triggers that make you smoke again. There are different ways to deal with stress.
What do your non-smoking friends do to manage stress?
Tips for Quitting Smoking #4 – It‘s never too late to quit
While it’s best to quit smoking as early as possible, quitting smoking at any age will enhance the length and quality of your life. You’ll also save money and avoid the hassle of going outside in the cold to smoke. You can even inspire those around you to quit smoking!
#5 – Learn from past experiences
Most people who smoke have tried to quit before and sometimes they get discouraged thinking about previous attempts. But these experiences tell us a lot about what to do and what not to do next time! These experiences are steps on the road to future success. Think about what worked for you last time, what didn’t work and what you might do differently this time.
6. Tip for Quitting Smoking – You don’t have to quit alone
Telling friends and family that you’re trying to quit and enlisting their support will help ease the process. Expert help is available from the American Lung Association and other groups. Friends who also smoke may even join you in trying to quit!
7. Medications are safe and effective and will help you quit and stay quit when used properly
The seven FDA-approved medications include nicotine patches, gum, lozenges, inhaler, and nasal spray as well as varenicline (Chantix) and bupropion (Zyban). Ask your healthcare provider for recommendations. The medications help with withdrawal symptoms, urges and cravings, but do not help with the habit or with managing stress or negative emotions. Many people don’t use the medications correctly or don’t use them long enough or expect the medication to replace all that smoking used to do for us. Be sure to follow the directions and combine medications with other tools for quitting.
8. Keep in mind – Every smoker can quit!
I’m sure that every smoker can quit. Everyone is different and each quit attempt is a little different. Find the right combination of tools, medications, and support for you! And above all, keep trying.
Quitting isn’t easy but more than 50 million ex-smokers in the United States are proof that it’s possible.