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List of ways to stop smoking - A detailed guide!

Have you planned to quit those cigarettes but don't know where to start? Here is a list of ways you can try in your journey to becoming a non-smoker.


Make notes

One of the methods you can try is to note down the things you love about a smoke. It will be good to make columns and start jotting down these things. One column would be on the list of things you like about it and the other, the dislikes. The dislikes column will include things like how it affects your health, family, and work. If you want to go a step further, you can even talk to your friends and family and get feedback about what they don't like about your smoking. It doesn't end here. You need to make one more list of notes. Here you will jot down the things why quitting smoking may not be an easy task. Right next to the point, write down an option two that will help you overcome this challenge.


Setting dates

Setting a date would also help you in the long run. You can't just quit the minute you think you are going to leave cigarettes. There are a number of steps you need to take beforehand which involves thorough analyzation and why you are about to embark on this journey. You can write on the contract stating the day you will quit which can be signed by a witness. If you're seeking professional help for then you can check out a substance abuse treatment facility, the likes of Kaya Sri Lanka, for guidance.


Index cards

Always have an index card with you, that states why you are quitting. It can be something like 'wife/husband, parents, children, grandparents' and so on. Glance at it when you feel weak.


Stop buying

Another crucial step is to stop bulking up on cigarettes. Make it a practice to carry one or two cigarettes and not a pack. You will find that when you require a smoke, it won't be available to you immediately. That will slow down your cravings over time.


Places you smoke

A week prior to quitting, start jotting down the places you smoked. You will notice that your cravings start at a specific time in a day or at some social gathering. By knowing your weaknesses, you will have the upper hand.


Good time to quit

There is something called a 'good time to quit'. Studies have found that you can quit smoking successfully if you don't do quit during a period of stress or depression. This will make you relapse. Therefore, do it when you are in a rational mood. Make sure to drop out all the things that remind you of your habit, when you start this process.


Saving jar

If you want to witness how much you are saving while quitting smoking, start saving the money you spent on nicotine in a jar. You will need a huge jar!


Switching to decaf

People have noticed that they experience jitters when they take a lot of caffeine when they quit. Therefore, it will be ideal to go de-caf for about two months after you stop.

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