If you are a smoker, you know you should quit but you just do not know how to do it. Having a plan may increase your chances of quitting for good and help you cope with the emotional and physical issues you may face when you cease smoking such as the strong urges to smoke and nicotine withdrawal. You can list plenty of reasons to quit smoking like the health problems and pressure from the loved ones, but it is up to you only to decide when you are ready to stop.
Pick a specific day to stop smoking and do not set it too far away otherwise you will find it hard to follow through. You should have a quit- smoking plan in mind before you quit; it helps you prepare for what to expect.
Pick a random day that is generally less stressful for you to be your quit day, or pick a day that holds a special meaning like an anniversary or a birthday. Planning for quitting can help you overcome the hitches you are likely to face, and here are the steps you can follow as you prepare for your quit day:
– Mark your quit day on the calendar; it is a special day in your life, so treat it like one.
– Talk to your doctor or health care provider about stop- smoking
medications and counseling that can improve your odds of success, especially when combining them. To give it time to begin working, start the medication a week or two before your quit day.
– Tell your family, friends and coworkers about your quit day to have them as your allies. Tell them how they can duly support your effort to stop smoking, so they are not just nagging.
– Rid you house, car, office and other places of any cigarettes and tobacco supplies, as you might be weak before temptation.