If you have made up your mind to quit smoking, Congrats!
Its going to be a rollercoaster ride. Your going to feel good about it some days, and terrible other days. But trust us, Its very temporary. You will return to your best self, free from smoke very soon.
There are a few things that you can do before you start your journey to make it a little easier.
- The first thing to do to get ready is to decide on a date to quit. Try not to make a quick decision. The faster you decide there are chances you might revert faster. Fix a date within the next two weeks or decide on an occasion like a birthday or a festival. Try making it an event with your family. This allows you to mentally fix a commitment and get prepared in all the below mentioned ways and ensure you quit and stay quit.
- Make your environment, be it your room, car, terrace or any place you smoke free from anything that can remind you of smoking. Remove the leftover buds, ashtrays, cigarette cartons from the place. Clean the place if possible to remove the odor. This exercise, apart from stopping the places from reminding you to smoke, will give you a very good feeling that you had taken your first step towards quit smoking.
- Wash all your clothes, bedspreads once as they will have the tobacco smell from your sweat.
- Once you have taken the decision, if you have any leftover cigarettes with you, don’t feel committed to smoke them, dispose them. And remember to dispose the emergency or hidden stash that you might be having.
- Decide upon a physical activity that you would like to do during the processing of quitting. Even moderate physical activities reduce the urge to smoke. Withdrawal symptoms and cravings to smoke decreases during your exercise and for up to an hour after that. Enroll yourself for the activity or buy accessories that you would need. This makes you feel motivated and committed to do the activity
- Start informing your closed ones or the ones you spent most of your time with about your decision. This gives you a moral commitment to stay quit. Also, you would get the needed support from them.
- Prepare you QUIT PLAN. This reminds you of reasons why you chose the journey to quit, and the support you would need in the points of struggle. Put it on your work station, near your mirror or any place you would see often to keep you reminding of the plan you have made.
- Choose a good NRT product that would help you face the physical challenge in quitting. NicoMeltz is one such innovative product that can really help you to break the urge to smoke. It gives instant gratification
- If you could identify someone who has been through the journey and is successful to quit smoking, spend some time with them to know their experience and how their life has changed for good after they quit smoking
- Motivate yourself by choosing smaller goals and rewarding yourself when you achieve them. It could be being smoke free for a week or during a weekend where you smoke a lot. Or even reducing the number of cigarettes you smoke every day.