I have decided the time has come to stop smoking. I have consulted my dr, and have the right cessation products for me.
I am sure many of you have gone through this - what hints and tips would you give someone embarking on this journey? I must admit I am rather nervous about it, I am worried that I am going to fail.
Thanks in advance
I eliminated the triggers to smoke, which for me, was alcohol. It was really easy to eliminate that one since I only drank when I went out somewhere and there are plenty of thirst quenchers out there (Water, usually).
I looked at people blowing smoke out of their mouths and noses and thought how weird it was, really, to suck smoke into your lungs and then blow it out through those orifices.
Know when you usually reach for a cigarette and substitute something else for that, like a walk, or working on a hobby.
Put the money you save every time you don't buy a carton or a pack, into a special piggy bank and when you are tempted to buy cigarettes, add the cost of cigarettes to it and be proud that none of that savings literally didn't go up in smoke.
List why you want to quit and keep it handy to remind yourself of the reasons.
One of the rewards of quitting for me, was never ever having to think, "Did I put out that cigarette before I left the house?" Or "Do I have enough cigarettes to take me through the day?" or "I hope I can smoke there (wherever you are going)"
It isn't easy sometimes, but I have never regretted quitting and it's been 25 years.
I wish you the best in this.