18 January 2009

Simple Quit Smoking Plan

Simple Quit Smoking PlanNicotine is an incredibly addictive drug and the cravings and withdrawal symptoms can overpower even the strongest will. It takes practice and time to quit smoking, but with plenty of preparation, support of friends, and family it can be done, and the benefits of quitting smoking are worth the effort.

There are many ways to quit smoking, such as the 'cold turkey' method; some people find that gradually decreasing the number of cigarettes they smoke each day is an effective way to quit. Each person is unique, and different strategies work better for different people.

Making a plan and sticking to it is the main part of any successful effort. Choose a day in advance and designate it as your day to quit smoking. Once you have chosen your quit day, let your friends, family and coworkers know and ask for their support and understanding. Nicotine withdrawal can cause feelings of stress and anxiety, and having a support network around you can help in the difficult days ahead.

Learning relaxation techniques can be helpful. Try using controlled deep breaths to calm your nerves. Reward yourself in some way when you make it through tough days with maybe your favorite dish or buy something nice with some of the money you've saved by not purchasing cigarettes.

You may quit smoking successfully for weeks or even longer and then suddenly have a craving that's so strong you feel like you have to give in. Or maybe you accidentally find yourself in one of your trigger situations and give in to temptation. If you relapsed, it does not mean you've failed, it just means you are human. Here are some ways to get back on track.

Think about your slip as one mistake. Take notice of when and why it happened and move on. Keep in mind that one cigarette didn't make you a smoker to start with, so smoking one cigarette or even few cigarettes after you've quit doesn't make you a smoker again, so you don't need to get back to your old smoking regime. Remind yourself why you've quit and how well you've done - or have someone in your support group, family, or friends do this for you.