The decision of whether or not you should quit smoking is often a constant
battle within yourself. Although difficult, preparing to quit smoking
is the first step to a healthier you. With the right support, guidance,
and attitude, you can be well on your way to putting the pack down for good.
First things first,
choose a target quit date within the next two weeks. This gives you time to prepare for the challenges
that come with quitting. Try and pick a day that you aren’t exceptionally
busy or stressed. Avoid quitting on a day where you might be in a situation
that tempts you to smoke, such as a night out with friends.
Let your friends and family know, and be prepared for the struggles you may face. Loved ones are a major
part of the quitting process; their support goes a long way. Explain to
them that you need them there for you during this time, especially when
a craving for a cigarette comes around. Remember that it’s normal
to have uncomfortable feelings like restlessness and anxiousness. You
may also feel depressed or have trouble sleeping, but these struggles
are only temporary!
Clear the Air. Throw out all cigarettes, lighters, and anything that urges you to smoke.
Clean your car, drapes, and clothes. If the smell of smoke isn’t
around, you’ll be less tempted to light up.
Show off your Pearly Whites. Make an appointment with your dentist and ask them to remove the smoking
stains from your teeth. Cigarettes cause your teeth to turn color, and
by seeing how nice they look after a stain removal cleaning, you won’t
want to ruin that for just one puff!
Talk to your doctor. Quitting is hard, and sometimes you just can’t do it on your own.
There are many medications out there that can help ease the quitting process.
Discuss with your doctor which ones could work best for you. Some medications
like the nicotine patch are even available without a prescription.
Quitting smoking is not a walk through the park. There will be ups and
downs, but in the end, you will be healthier and happier. Just by making
the decision to quit smoking, you’re already one step ahead of the
game. Take it day by day, and remember that you can do it!