Preparing to Quit and Go Smokefree

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Sometimes, the idea of quitting nicotine can be more painful than the process itself. In such cases, it is best to prepare yourself mentally and physically to face upcoming days wherein you will have to survive without smoke. While withdrawal symptoms and cravings would not let the process stay pleasant, the resultant addiction and smoke free existence will make your effort worth it all.

While there's no magic remedy to grant you an instant non addict status, there are ways in which you can prepare for the process by adding to your convenience. There is no particular strategy which will help you succeed. Instead, look for a combination of several to help you kick the habit effectively.

For starters, look for company. Absolutely nothing beats support from someone who is going through the same phase in life as you. Such a person would come with a complete understanding of the cravings, the temptations and other factors which may cause you to relapse. Together you may support and motivate one another through each of the difficult moments and also resist any craving or temptation to start smoking again. If you can't find a partner, at least tell people around you to stop smoking while they're with you, discuss your plans and tell them that you are counting on their help.

Think about the bigger picture. Visualize yourself as you will become once you have successfully quit your smoking habit. You would be healthy, happy and maybe even more attractive. Picture yourself in control of your addiction and when you finally feel confident enough; approach a doctor to discuss the many methods by which you could free yourself from the habit. Also, get a physical done to compare with a physical you'll take after you've quit smoking as a part of the "before" and "after" improvement report.

Set a Date. Settle on a particular day as your quit date and inform everyone around you about it. Make sure the date is close enough to be taken seriously but far enough to allow for the preparation time as well. Try not to pick a day when you can envisage yourself under stress. Before the date arrives, list out the problems you think you may encounter and possible solutions to them.

Get rid of all the temptation. Getting rid of things which remind you of smoking will ease the quitting process for you. Get rid of your cigarettes and matches along with the ash trays and lighters. Do not use other forms of tobacco to replace the one you're giving up. Light or low tar cigarettes can be just as harmful as their regular counterparts. All tobacco products in general contain harmful chemicals and poison.

Even if you relapse, there's no need to panic or believe yourself to be incapable of quitting the butt. Simply, stand back, re-evaluate the situation and the reasons for your relapse and start again. If you had stopped smoking before your relapse, you will be able to do it again.