Construct a list of reasons why you want to kick your smoking habit. The list should contain every possible reason you can come up with, both major and minor reasons. The next time you think about lighting up, consult your list. This will keep you motivated and help you remember you why you are trying to quit.
Make sure to tell your family and friends you have decided to quit smoking. They have your back and will help you keep your goal in sight. Studies have shown that employing a familial support system is one of best ways to stop smoking. A solid support system greatly improves your chances of quitting permanently. Make it your mantra to never have a puff of another cigarette. You can probably convince yourself one smoke won’t hurt your progress, but the truth is it really will. Tell yourself the dangers that taking that one puff can do. This may stop you in your tracks and make it possible to fight off the craving.
Take the time to really sit down and think about how quitting smoking will improve your life. This is especially effective if you already have serious health conditions that smoking can exacerbate, like asthma or diabetes. If your family has a predisposition for cancer, then it can also be very powerful for you to acknowledge that quitting now could actually save your life.
Let your family and friends know that you are quitting smoking. Not only will this help you to steel your resolve to quit, but their support can help you when that resolve weakens. Request that when they see you struggling, they remind you of your reasons for making the change, such as a longer and healthier life with them.
Eliminating any reminders of your life as a smoker can help you to quit. So get rid of any lighters or ashtrays from your home. Next, put all your clothes through the washing machine and deep clean your whole house to eliminate all the smoke smells. The smell of smoke will trigger physiological cravings, so this spring cleaning serves as a preventative measure against temptation.