If you’re like most smokers, you know that smoking is bad for your health. You’ve probably tried to quit before, but found it too hard. You may have even heard that it’s impossible to quit smoking cigarettes. But the fact is, it’s not impossible to quit smoking cigarettes. In fact, it’s easier than you think.
The first step to quitting smoking is to make the decision to quit. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s actually the most important step. Once you’ve made the decision to quit, you’re more likely to succeed.
The next step is to create a plan. This plan should include when you’re going to quit, how you’re going to quit, and what you’re going to do after you quit. Be sure to include a backup plan in case your first plan doesn’t work.
Now it’s time to start following your plan. Throw away all of your cigarettes and ashtrays. Get rid of anything else that reminds you of smoking. Tell your family and friends that you’re quitting, and ask for their support.
Now it’s time to deal with the physical addiction to cigarettes. For the first few days, you may feel like you’re going to die without a cigarette. This is normal. Your body is going through withdrawal from the nicotine. The symptoms will peak on the third or fourth day, and then they’ll start to slowly go away. Drink lots of water and eat healthy foods to help your body through this process.
After a week or so, the physical withdrawal symptoms will be gone. But the mental addiction will still be there. This is when things get tough. You’ll have to fight the urge to smoke every time you have a craving. It helps to keep your hands busy, and to find things to do that you used to do while smoking.
Eventually, the cravings will go away and you’ll be able to live your life without cigarettes.