We ideally understand the concept between right and wrong; however, we would still proceed to dabble with the wrong as long as it satisfies our urges and grants our satisfaction. Smoking is a form of a habit that would fall into the category of a wrong. Despite all of the harmful effects we hear and may witness about smoking, millions of people still engage in this self destructing habit.
Being a former smoker of ten years, who fortunately was able to quit, I have learned why people continue to smoke. I perceive smoking to be more of a mental addiction rather than a physical. The more a person smokes, the more it becomes a routine; being we are creatures of habit, a cigarette will slowly become a way of our life. I use to get accustomed to the routine of smoking a cigarette before a meal, after a meal, when I was stressed at work, right before I slept, after a sexual activity, while talking in a conversation, etc. It gradually became my second nature.
Although it seems like a never ending cycle to quit, it is possible. To quit smoking or any other addiction, you must empower your mind, enhance your will power, and come to a decision. Decide if you really want to quit. You can only quit and break the addictions if you want to. Trust me! If you really want something badly, you will go out of your way for it.
The quitting process begins inside your mind. I have been clean for years and am still remaining strong. The means of quitting doesn’t necessarily need to be accompanied by nicotine patches, acupuncture, or switching to E- cigarettes. Cold turkey is an effective strategy that I have administered in which I achieved my goal. Below I listed three practices that I have utilized that helped me succeed at overcoming my addiction.
1. Understanding That it is a Process Just because you may have “quit” and freed yourself from the addiction for a day, it doesn’t mean that you have entirely quit smoking. You will know when you quit. Don’t be fooled, even if you went a week without smoking, you are still in that process. Many people credit themselves too soon and falsely believe they quit. By doing this, they put themselves in familiar situations that tempt them and may break that one week accomplishment. Always play it safe and assume you are in the “process of quitting.”
2. Isolate Yourself from Smokers
Separating yourself from acquaintances or friends who smoke while they are smoking is a big step. If you are in the process of quitting and you put yourself in that smoking zone, then I will assure you that your hard work of resisting will eventually go down the drain. Wait until you officially quit, and by then your will power will exceed levels of control in which hanging around those smoke filled environments would no longer tempt you.
Considering you are in the “process of quitting,” you will have to replace that former life sucking habit with something else. I would suggest something positive such as exercise. I started exercising abundantly while I was in my “process of quitting,” and I quickly replaced the filthy habit with my new found addiction of taking care of my body rather than harming it.
Exercising will not only get your body in shape, but it may undo all of those threatening effects from the toxins that were inflicted by cigarettes. Till this day I continue to remain healthy and I don’t even get tempted when I see a friend smoking. In fact, I have to walk away because I can no longer tolerate the smell!