“Quitting smoking is child’s play,” Mark Twain once said. “I’ve done it a hundred times. “But you can do better, read our tips.
It is well known that smoking is not healthy. It is also known that quitting is not easy. If you would like to quit smoking, choose it now.
Don’t put it on the back burner.
I myself have stopped smoking. That was almost 20 years ago and I still remember it well. I still have weak moments when I feel that I would smoke a cigarette if I were still a smoker. But I’m glad I’m not anymore. Sure, discipline is in demand, but there are a lot of tips and tricks you can use to help your discipline on its way:
Do something for good taste
Enrich your taste buds by drinking as much as possible. Drink teas and juices in various flavours as well as water.
Reward yourself for your stamina! Give yourself something nice from the money you have spent on cigarettes so far. A paperback book or a visit to the cinema or a nice dinner will quickly come together. You can encourage yourself enormously with it!
Sport makes you happy
Get moving! Do sport! Exercise releases happiness hormones, makes you awake, distracts and gives you a good body feeling. In addition, you prevent slight weight gain. The moment you stop smoking is the ideal moment to buy new running shoes or contribute to a gym.
Snack on healthy food
Treat yourself to a healthy diet. Snack plenty of fruit and vegetables in between. If you long for a cigarette, eat sugar-free chewing gum or sugar-free sweets.
Avoid the smoking area and the like
Let’s get out of here quickly: Avoid situations in which you have smoked before. For example, if you have always smoked a cigarette with your coffee, switch to tea now. Apart from that, you will be amazed at how intensively you will suddenly perceive the aroma of different types of tea. Of course, you should also avoid the smoking area for the break, but rather go for a walk in nature for five minutes.
Don’t think about smoking
If you have the desire to smoke, consciously turn your attention to something else! There is no point in imagining how beautiful something would be that you no longer want to do! So rather focus your thoughts on something beautiful that you can do with a clear conscience and a happy heart. This can be a book, a personally very effective inner picture or a scent. These attacks only last a short time and pass – whether you smoke or not.
Withdrawal symptoms are ok
See the importance of withdrawal symptoms in a positive light! Your body signals that it is on the best way to recover from the stress of smoking and to clean itself! Rejoice in it! In addition, these side effects disappear after a short time.
If there’s no other way: chewing gum and plasters
If you can hardly bear it anymore and you think you can’t live without nicotine, you can get nicotine preparations, such as plasters or chewing gum, from the pharmacy. Your pharmacist will be happy to advise you!
One? No, none
Stay firm! Neither good news nor bad news or mood will allow you to smoke “just one cigarette”. The one does not exist, they will soon want another “one” and another. Be proud of yourself instead! Reward yourself!
Look at your success
Enjoy every day in full awareness that they are free and no longer need cigarettes! Every single day helps your health, your fellow men and your wallet – you can enjoy yourself! Celebrate this success!
Stopping smoking – Tips
A second holiday, shopping when you want or afford the expensive flatscreen – as a non-smoker you save a lot of money, which you could spend on many great things. Use this fact on your way to becoming a non-smoker not only for motivation, but also as a reward. Treat yourself to something and be proud of your success. With our cigarette calculator you can easily calculate how much you could save every day, every month and every year.
Take a look at a date
Many people make it a resolution for the New Year to quit smoking. But it is also possible on any other day. Choosing a day and holding on to it can mentally help you quit.
Make a list
Hold on to why you want to quit smoking. Taking a look at the list regularly can help you get through the hardest times. By the way, do you already know our Stop Smoking overview? Advantages?
Perhaps you will find a great motivation here.
Distraction is everything
Did you know that the acute craving for a cigarette lasts only about five minutes? Think about distractions that last about that long: For example, listen to your favourite song, enjoy some fruit, chew sugar-free gum or spend more time with friends who don’t smoke. This will help you avoid the temptation of community smoking.
Always think positive!
If you are tempted, think of everything except lighting a cigarette – a beautiful day in nature, a meal or a nice memory. The less you think about smoking, the easier it is for you to stay smokeless.
Stop smoking with a friend
Shared suffering… Studies have shown that stopping is easier if you don’t have to go through it alone. So if possible, find a friend or colleague who wants to quit as well. So you can motivate each other and quitting smoking is only half as difficult. You can read more about this under Support when quitting smoking.