You Can Stop Smoking With These 9 Steps

stop smokingSmoking is a habit that can hard to stop, ask anyone that has quit. Your body will crave the nicotine and that will give you withdrawal symptoms, not as bad, but just like somebody that is trying to quit heroine. But once you get over that hump, there are so many things that you’ll benefit from and not just your health.

You’ll have more money because you won’t be feeding that habit and the rates will go down on your auto insurance, health insurance and home insurance. Your car, your clothes, your home, and you will all smell better. that you feel when your body begins to crave nicotine. There is so much to be gained by not smoking, but it takes a positive attitude and a strong will.

Here we have 9 steps that can help you through this time, regardless how long or how much you smoked:

1. Create A List

On this list, write down the reasons you want to stop smoking then use this list as a reminder when you have that desire to smoke. Your list may include things like your health, the odor, the money spent, or maybe it’s your kids or grandkids. Whatever is your motivation, write it down on your list and put it somewhere prominent and easily seen by you.

2. Plan Your Plan

Mark the date on a calendar when you plan to stop smoking. Before that date arrives, determine what methods you’ll use to help you through this.  Stock up on the fresh fruits and vegetables that will help you get past that hunger for nicotine. Crunchy foods will substitute that need to smoke. You could use food, but be careful and choose foods that aren’t going to substitute the nicotine with calories, cholesterol, and fat.

3. Let It Be Known

Let your family and friends know that you’re trying to stop smoking. Don’t hide it! And if one of them smokes, maybe you can buddy up and stop together.

4. Create a 5-minute plan

Usually, nicotine cravings last approximately 5 minutes for most people. Have a 5-minute strategy to help distract you and keep you from reaching for that cigarette. Take a walk around the block, suck on some mints or chew gum, maybe make a phone call to a family member or friend that knows you’re trying to stop smoking. Anything that will keep your mind occupied.

5. Throw Away The Temptation

The day before you have designated the day to stop smoking, throw out any and cigarettes, lighters, ashtrays or any reminders. These are nothing more than a crutch and a temptation. If these things aren’t handy, it won’t be easy to light a cigarette but it will be easy to resist that urge.

6. Your Beverage Choices

For most smokers, they enjoy their cigarette with a beverage. It may be their morning cup of java, their lunch time tea, or their after-dinner beer. Make changes in your routine and you’ll find that this nasty habit will be easier to break too.

7. No Sneaking A Smoke

Don’t try to sneak in “just one puff” if you really want to stop smoking. Smoking is like any addiction and you must give it your all if you’re going to stop. The occasional cigarette will only keep the nasty habit alive.

8. Choose Fresh Foodsfresh food

Once you have stopped smoking, you’ll notice that foods taste better. Adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet will make the temptation of smoking weaker. And if you try to sneak a cigarette in, the taste will be completely different after eating fresh foods.

9. Start Exercising

It is scientific proof that exercising will reduce your cravings for cigarettes and give you more energy. Start slow with the exercise routine and you’ll find that soon you are walking instead taking the bus or driving, you’re taking the stairs instead of the elevator, etc.

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