Quitting smoking is tough (some ex-smokers say it’s the toughest thing they’ve ever done), so if there’s ever a time to go easy on yourself, it’s when you’re preparing to make the change to a smoke-free life. Consider these tips on how to quit smoking for good, and we’re sure you’ll find the road to breaking that habit tough but achievable.
Get to know your habit
Keep a craving journal so you can hone in on your triggers and the thought patterns that result. Not only does this help you better understand how to prepare for triggers and create a new behavior, but it grants you more control over the entire quitting process. Withdrawal symptoms are generally consistent across many smokers, but your thought process around them is totally unique to you. Get to know that thought process really well, gain perspective.
Helpguide.org suggests keeping a log of your smoking for a week or so leading up to your quit date. In the moments in each day when you crave a cigarette, take note of the following: What time was it? How intense was the craving (on a scale of 1-10)? What were you doing? Who were you with? How were you feeling? How did you feel after smoking? Writing not only helps you identify roadblocks to quitting, it also makes you more committed to the cause and gives you an outlet when things feel impossible.