Many former smokers will tell you that quitting smoking is just about the hardest thing a person can do. Smoking is designed to keep you enslaved on a number of levels. From physical activity to personal image to chemical addiction, the tobacco industry has created a number of hooks that are sure to keep you on the line. Nonetheless, it is not impossible to quit smoking. There are many great advancements in technology, but the strongest tool you have is your own mind. In this article, we will discuss ways that you can adjust your attitude to help you stop smoking.
Smoking tobacco cigarettes engages all of the senses: taste, touch, smell, sight and even sound. Think of the click of your lighter, the sound of your first inhale in the morning. All of these are subtle anchors that keep you tied to your addiction. Although a few people have been able to simply stop smoking and walk away, this is not the norm. Additionally, these people usually end up spending a lot of their time for the rest of their lives consciously not smoking. This is a big waste of time. For most people quitting smoking is a process that must be approached with a great deal of resolve and devotion. You must accept that it will take a while to stop smoking, especially if you have been smoking for a long time. You must not be impatient with yourself or give in to discouragement. Your reliance on nicotine and your attachment to your habit will not just dissolve all at once. Still, with good planning and the right attitude, you can weather the storm and emerge victorious.
Start out with a positive attitude. Instead of thinking about “quitting, stopping and giving up” smoking, think instead about the many good things you will be adding to your life once tobacco cigarettes are out of the way. View your efforts as an opportunity to add health and wealth to your life rather than as a chore or a struggle. Imagine how much better your life will be when you are free of addiction, able to breathe freely, able to keep your house tidy and free of smoke and clutter and able to pocket that substantial sum of money you have been pouring into the tobacco industry!
When you quit smoking, you may find that you have a lot of time on your hands. At first, you will be thinking about smoking a great deal of this time. Fill your new free time with positive activities. Take up walking, cycling, swimming, dancing or a sport. Start a new hobby or resume an old one. Learn all about selecting and preparing healthy foods. Every time you have a thought of smoking, replace it with something positive and healthful. Make taking care of yourself your new addiction.
If drinking alcohol is another of your habits, apply the same positive, proactive thinking to quitting drinking. Many people drink and smoke at the same time. When you drink, it lowers your inhibitions. You are far more likely to backslide on smoking if you continue drinking. Instead of drinking alcohol, be sure to stay hydrated with pure, filtered water. Create healthy, nourishing, tasty smoothies and shakes and exotic beverages that are fun to make and good for you. Learning how to use a blender or juicer is a hobby in itself, and it is one that will greatly add to your health and well-being. Just as with tobacco, whenever you find yourself craving alcohol make a positive, proactive, mindful choice to do something that is good for you. Never allow yourself to become too hungry or angry or lonely or tired while you are working on shedding your addictions and moving into a healthier and happier way of life. Eat well, exercise amply, get plenty of rest and take your vitamins.
Don’t replace one negative addiction with another. Many people become workaholics when they stop smoking. This is a mistake that can elevate your stress levels and cause you all kinds of misery. Look at your decision to quit smoking (and drinking if applicable) as an opportunity to reinvent your life and really enjoy it. Remember that it is your life, and you have a right to have fun and make the most of it.
The power of the human mind is usually underestimated. The fact is, with focus and a positive outlook there is almost no limit to what you can attain and achieve. Focus on adding good things to your life and soon your addictions will be a thing of the past. You will surely be able to quit smoking if you put your mind to it.
TIP – Switch to e cigarettes which contain eliquid that have nicotine.