The highly-addictive nature of smoking means that quitting is easier said than done.
In fact, you probably know a ton of people who have tried and failed a number of times – you may even be a smoker yourself and be unable to kick the habit once and for all.
The very subject of quitting smoking is very apt this month as some health authorities have renamed October as Stoptober in the hope of getting smokers to try and stop, initially for 28 days.
Do you fancy stubbing out cigarettes for good from your life? Then read on!
Take every day at a time
Stopping quitting overnight may in theory be the best way to stop smoking, but the shock to your system and instant withdraw symptoms that follow could mean you’re more likely to spark up again, so try and ease yourself off them gradually.
Try and set daily, weekly and monthly targets to slowly phase cigarettes out of your life. Give healthier alternatives to traditional cigarettes a go, such as e cigarettes, which are available from sites like Ecigarettedirect.co.uk.
View quitting smoking as a long-term project with long-term gains.
Seek support to stay on the straight and narrow
The saying ‘no man is an island’ rings true when it comes to stopping smoking. The chances are that you’ll need as much help and support as possible, whether it’s from friends and family or from health authorities.
Make a point of telling the people in your life that you’re quitting so they can give you guidance and make sure you don’t get tempted to slip back into old habits.
Are you on Twitter? If so, follow the Stoptober Twitter account as they are posted plenty of motivational tweets to keep you going.
Find a new – healthier! – vice
Replace the addiction to smoking with a new hobby that you can spend more time doing – maybe exercise.
The health benefits of stopping smoking are well known, so why not get down the gym more regularly now just to make yourself feel even better about the life-changing decision to quit.
Quitting is a big lifestyle change that can make a big difference to your quality of life.