There’s preparing mentally to quit smoking and then there’s actually making physical preparations for it. How do you physically prepare to quit?
– Decide if you want to use a stop smoking aide. If you can, ask your doctor what his recommendation is. A stop smoking aide pill will need a prescription. If you’d rather use another method like the patch or gum, stock up in advance. Once you’ve spent the money on the supplies that you need to quit, it will be an extra motivation for you to go through with it.
– Purchase an array of your favorite candy and gum, preferably sugar free as you won’t want to trade healthier lungs for rotting teeth! Some may suggest candy and gum is a crutch instead of a means to quit. However, from personal experience, having candy and gum at hand is a distraction to keep up the willpower of not smoking.
– Set your quit date. The New Year is coming up! How convenient! By setting a date that represents a new start, studies have shown that it is a factor into overall success.
– Make sure you have a back up plan in place for those cravings. You will have the candy and gum diversion but sometimes it doesn’t always work as a distraction and you find yourself still wanting a cigarette. Best thing to do is jog up and down some stairs or run in place until you are huffing and puffing and your heart rate increases. You’ll find that when you exert yourself, your craving will fade. The rest takes willpower.
– The night before you are set to quit, get a plastic bag and collect every bit of cigarette paraphernalia around your house. Then leave the house and leave the bag in the nearest dumpster you can find. Do not throw it in your household garbage. That would be too easy. By driving some where else and throwing it away, you’ll decrease the chance of you picking through your garbage to retrieve your ashtray the next morning. And who wants to dig through a dumpster?
– If you smoke in your house, make plans on quit day to clean from top to bottom. Getting the stale smell of cigarettes from your home will make quitting that much more satisfying.
Remember that you are worth saving. You owe it to yourself to do this. You can do it but you have to really want to do it in order to be successful. Good luck.
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