Quitting smoking is one of the hardest and most frustrating processes. It takes most people many tries to make it stick. If you’ve ever been around someone when they’re trying to quit, you probably know how irritable they can be at the beginning.
Whatever method you choose to help you quit, there are things that can make the process a little easier.
Identify your triggers and try to avoid them in the beginning of your quitting process. For example, if a big trigger for you is alcohol, try staying in the next few weekends or stick to water to avoid feeling like having a smoke with your drink. It may seem difficult to quit even more habits, but it could help your quitting process. You can always go back to your habits once they are no longer triggers for you.
The amount of money you will save when quitting smoking is astronomical. Visit smokefree.gov to calculate just how much you save. Once you have your amount, pick out something you want to do with that money after you’ve quit. This will set up a bit of motivation for yourself to quit because you will have something to look forward to.
I think we all know most of the benefits of quitting smoking, the most important being, extra years on your life, of course. It helps to remind yourself of these benefits. Set up a checklist and put it somewhere you’ll see everyday.
Put things on it like “Day two: Nerve endings have began to regrow and smell and taste has improved. Month one: Heart attack risk has decreased greatly.” You can check these things off as you reach them. This makes the benefits seem a lot more real once you’re recognizing yourself reaching them.