I had a few requests to help people with tips for quitting so here they are. Please feel free to share this page.
Tips for Quitting smoking
1) Make a plan
2) Set a date
3) Communicate your plan to everyone in your life
4) Make your car and house smoke-free
5) Change your habits immediately
My plan included my decision that I did not want to die from smoke related health issues. I see my dad living in heart failure – his heart only works 22%. I have seen those I love have other heart issues, heart attacks, early death, and cancer. This is NOT how I want to live or die.
I chose my date – within 10 days. I prayed a lot! (Of course, once I quit, I picked up licorice... which is another story). You can see my blog about my addiction to Mr Twizzler.
I told everyone in my life that I was quitting on such a such date and to please help me strive to really really quit! You cannot do this half heartily – or you will pick up a cigarette every time you feel stressed out. I would tell myself that is what prayer is for, to make me stronger in God’s word and will for my life. And that way if I snuck a smoke, they could call me on it. (which I did not and have not had a cigarette since February of 03) I wanted my family and friends to say to me, HEY! I thought you were quitting!
I immediately made my car and house smoke-free. I would have to change my habits, so I wanted the change immediately. It takes 21 days to break a habit, so my thought was if I could break the car habit and the house habit, quitting might be easier. It was. Not everyone appreciated my smoke-free environment, but I expressed my need to be able to quit. My husband gladly went outside to smoke and still does to this day. Other family members, especially my elders found this challenging and thought I was being disrespectful to them. Some stopped coming to my smoke-free house… still to this day too. How sad, but others have died very young in the last two years due to their smoking. My cousin at the age of 56 and my brother-in-law at the of age 59.
Changing other habits can be trickier. I really enjoyed my after dinner cigarette, it was probably the hardest time for me to get through. I would take a short ten minute walk, get up and do the dishes, chew gum, get on the phone,ect anything to not miss that cigarette. I do not miss it any more.
Other times, like TV time, I picked up my crocheting while watching tv so my hands were not empty. Tea time was challenging too. I like a good cup of tea and a cigarette. I changed where I sat, what I read or did if I craved a cigarette. Now I don’t think about it. It is a past memory.
What you choose to do or not do can help with your commitment to quit smoking. Hang tough. Take nine deeps breath and find something low calorie and sugar-free to chew on. It will help you, which is why I picked up licorice, although not sugar-free it is fat-free.
The hardest time you will have is your anniversary month. Each February I crave cigarettes like no other time during the year. I feel like I could pick one up and it will never seem like I gave them up; however, I know I would gag! The craving is very intense though!
Dont give up Quitting! Keep Quitting until you Quit for life!
Look at it as the best decision you can make for YOUR life. Day ONE of the rest of your life.