The first step is the biggest one when it concerns quitting smoking. This decision can only be taken if the smoker has decided that this is what they truly want to do. That means that they are not making the commitment to smoking cessation because of a lover, partner, or family member who complains about their smoking.
The smoker must have the motivation to quit. If that is there they can easily set themselves up a four step program to quit. The most important of these steps is the first one; making the decision to stop. It does not matter which reason inspires you.
It can be because you are dissatisfied with the smells on your clothes, the burn marks on your upholstery, the health risks, the feeling of being the only one or even that you want to save some extra money and you spend too much on your cigarette habit. Whatever your cessation motivation, hold on to it and it will help you with the struggle of quitting.
Once you have decided on why to stop pick a time to stop and stick to it. This second step is also very important. As the date you have picked approaches do not pull back. Shifting the date because you are not sure you are ready to quit could be the end of your ability to quit.
It is better to stop on your chosen date and fail to quit smoking that time then to put if off. Remember that many smokers quit four times before they are successful. This does not mean you will not be successful on your first try. It mean that if you are not you should not became disheartened. You will succeed eventually.
Goals and Plans
The next step after setting your day to stop is to put together a plan on how you will keep to your goal. It needs not be an elaborate plan just enough steps to help you through the early difficult weeks. You may decide to go to your health care provider to get a prescription for an aid to help you stop. This could include the patch, nicotine inhalers or sprays or the anti-depressant that is having some positive results for those trying to quit smoking.
Other alternatives for things to look into include acupuncture, yoga to help you relax, support groups for smokers or taking a short vacation to alleviate the stress from your workplace.
Whatever you think will work for you is the plan to follow. There is not one correct approach to quitting smoking. Each individual will have to follow their own plan.
The final step once you have quit is to stay away from smoking for the rest of your life. This may be as difficult as the initial quitting was. There will be temptations along your path to being smoke free. Others you know may still smoke, these could include close friends, co-workers, family or your life partner. You will need their help and understanding to allow you to still be with them but not to restart smoking. Being strong will be your biggest challenge!