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4 Dos And 4 Don’ts Of Quitting Smoking

So, you want to quit smoking. Here are 4 dos and 4 don’ts to consider as you embark on your journey to becoming a non-smoker.

DO

Know quitting is in your best interest

There may have been a time a doctor would offer you a cigarette. Doctor’s may even have prescribed them for some patients. Those are times long past. Today, most doctors know quitting can make you healthier. It can slow the progression of COPD. It can help you live better and live longer despite a diagnosis of COPD. It also offers lots of other benefits.

DON’T

Think you have to do it on your own

Some people do it solo. Some people just decide to do it and it’s done. And that’s great. But, others benefit from help. This help can come in the form of a doctor’s support. It can come from support from family or friends. It can also come to the support of communities like ours. Plus, there are lots of helplines. Many people benefit from talking with others. Talk to people who quit already. How did they do it? How long did the uncomfortable feeling last? Other people can offer advice. They can also offer motivational support that can benefit you on your new journey.

DO

Know that as time passes, you will feel the utmost euphoria about quitting

You will start feeling joy just thinking that you were able to quit what many experts consider the hardest addiction to quit. This is a feeling of accomplishment. It is a reason to celebrate.

DON’T

Be afraid to burn bridges

Cortez may have been the best motivator ever. His ships landed in Mexico in 1517. He didn’t want his people to have any motivation to go back. He wanted them to move forward. So, he had his crew burn all the ships. This gave them the motivation to move forward not backward. Many motivational experts have used the Cortez example to their benefit. So, you have some unsmoked cigarettes. Shred them. Destroy them. You won’t have anything to smoke even if you want one. It also creates an image in your head of what you don’t want to go back to. You think about smoking a cigarette. An image of you shredding your cigarettes comes into your mind. You’re reminded of what you don’t want to go back to. You create your own motivation to move forward on your new journey as a non-smoker.

DO

Know that the uncomfortable feelings will pass

Withdrawal symptoms may last a few days. They may last a few weeks. But, they will pass. Even after they pass, you may still have the urge to light up. This causes uncomfortable feelings. Just know that these will pass. And, over time, these bad feelings will go away. After a while, you won’t even think about smoking. You will see others lighting up and you’ll think, “I can’t believe I did that for so long.”

DON’T

Quit quitting

Just know that most people try to quit and fail many times before they finally succeed. If you quit and fail, don’t let it stop you from trying again. Don’t consider failure a bad thing, necessarily. You can consider it a good thing. Most of us learn more from our failures than our successes. How long did you go without smoking? How did you do it? How did it make you feel? When did you decide to light up again? What caused you to do it? See, the answers to these questions can help you with your next effort. So, the last time you tried quitting, maybe it lasted a week. Perhaps you started again because you didn’t know what else to do at the end of the day when you normally lit up. So, next time you can develop a plan. Maybe you can go for a walk. Maybe you can call a friend.

What to make of this?

Quitting smoking may be the hardest of all habits to quit. So far, in my life, I’ve had only one person tell me otherwise. One friend said he had a harder time quitting drinking. Still, most people note the difficulting of quitting. But many have succeeded. And it certainly helps when you have tips of what to do and what not to do.

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