Quitting smoking is choice. However, once you have stopped smoking, there are many situations that might tempt you to go back to that old habit. These are the ‘triggers’ or actions that were associated to your smoking habit. The decision to remain a non-smoker will always be your choice.
Tips to Quit
Here are some tips to help you make the choice to stay a non-smoker:
- Many people who smoke for a long time see themselves as smokers. It is part of their identity. Once you stop smoking, its time to update the ‘picture’ in your ‘mind’ and see yourself as a non-smoker. Make time every day to imagine and feel your new life as a non-smoker. Focus on the new tastes, the freedom, and the control you now have.
- Places are associated with smoking. For example, smokers have favorite ‘spots’ for smoking. It may be the garden, the car, a special seat. Avoid going to that exact same spot, for a while. This does not mean don’t go into the garden or in the car! Simply go to a slightly different spot in the garden. Sit on a different spot. When driving or on the balcony.
- Get rid of all the items in your house associated with smoking. Throw out the ashtrays, lighters, and cigarettes.
- Watch your thinking. When you start to think of smoking, keep your mind occupied. One extremely good technique is to keep repeating: “the mind is having a thought” until the thought goes away.
- Practice deep breathing when you feel stressed, angry, or upset. Breathe into the count of three and out to the count of 5. Keep doing this until you feel a little dizzy. These releases feel-good hormones into the system and the act of counting your breathing distracts you.
Life is Choice
In life, you always have a choice and here the choice is to smoke a cigarette or not. It is your choice and your choice alone. You are in control of your choices, nobody can make you smoke. You either choose to smoke or not too. I suggest that the choice not to, is probably the best choice; but then again it’s up to you.