So, you’ve decided to stop smoking and have chosen the date on which you’re going to quit.
Whether you have a day, a week or a month before your quitting day arrives, it makes sense to be well prepared so that those first hours and days of being a non-smoker run as smoothly as possible.
This post explores some of the things that you can do beforehand to ensure that “Quit Day” is as easy as possible.
Get In The Right Frame of Mind
With “Quit Day” looming, it is easy to begin to feel uneasy or even scared about how you are going to cope – after all, tobacco has probably been a big part of your life for a long time.
The trick is to forget all the doom and gloom and concentrate on the good things that will come from you being a non-smoker. You’ve made a conscious decision to stop smoking and you’ve chosen to do it for a reason (or multiple reasons). Whether your motivation is to save money, improve your health, stop smelling like an ashtray or one of the myriad of other benefits that are the result of quitting smoking, this is what you should focus your mind on.
The small discomfort caused by the withdrawal of nicotine from your body and the tiny adjustments to your daily schedule are a small price to pay for the benefits of being a non-smoker. And the withdrawal pangs only last for a few minutes in the early days and as time goes on, you won’t feel them at all!
There’s a lot more things to feel happy and excited about “Quit Day” than there is to be sad or anxious about.
Know Why You’re Quitting
We touched upon some of the reasons for quitting smoking in the previous section and many people find it useful to write down a list of these reasons before they start.
The reasons for quitting tobacco vary from individual to individual, so it is important to make a list that is personal to YOU. Getting rid of nicotine-stained fingers may be the main reason one person wants to quit, whilst another may not care about their yellow fingers but want to start having more money to spend on other things.
Take a small piece of paper that will fit in your wallet or purse (the back of a business card works well) and write down your own individual reasons for quitting. Look at your reasons as often as you can and imagine the benefits that will be derived from them. For example, if you’ve quit to save money, think of the holiday that you’ll be able to afford with the extra cash or if you’ve quit to make your kids happy, imagine their smiling faces proudly looking at you.
Decide How You’re Going to Quit
Don’t leave it until the last minute to decide which methods you are going to use to help you to quit. Choose whether to use your willpower, Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT), prescription medication from your doctor or a less common method such as hypnosis or acupuncture.
If you decide to use NRT to get yourself out of the habit of smoking before tackling the nicotine addiction, you’ll also need to choose a method of getting nicotine into your bloodstream. This could be patches, e-cigarettes, gum, tablets, an inhalator or a nasal spray.
Get Enough Treatment To Last
If you do decide to use treatment, make sure that you get enough supplies to last at least two weeks or (preferably) three months – you don’t want to run out of nicotine gum when you’re in the middle of quitting!
Similarly, if you’re getting help from a professional (such as a hypnotist or a acupuncturist) to stop smoking, be sure to schedule regular appointments with them beforehand – you don’t want to find out that their fully booked part-way through the quitting process.