Quitting smoking is one of the hardest things to do, but with willpower and determination, anyone can do it.
Firstly, stop smoking altogether. Do not try to cut it down; do not try to be an occasional/ social smoker etc. Once you put down that last cigarette, put it down for good.
Next, expect the next 3 days (72 hrs) to be extremely disturbing. You will be emotionally unstable; you will be agitated, lose concentration, feel anger over little things and may even end up crying over nothing. That’s okay!
Once the 3 days are over, you will start noticing changes in your health. Food will taste better, you will breathe better, you will be more energetic, you will have a slight increase in appetite as well and you will sleep like you have never slept in all these 5 months. Overall, you will start feeling a LOT better.
Whatever I have said so far will help you quit smoking, but the next part is equally hard or even harder; that is to remain smoke free and there is only a single way to do it.
N.O.P.E – Not One Puff Ever.
You break the NOPE rule and you will get hooked on to smoking again, no exceptions here and you will end up regretting and will have to go through the entire grueling process once again. Remember not a SINGLE PUFF.
Remember, Nicotine is the natural pesticide of tobacco plants and is a very powerful addictive, even more addictive than heroin and cocaine. So it will play tricks with your mind and try to get you back to smoking. Do not let nicotine control your mind at any cost. Once you quit smoking, your brain, that was addicted to Nicotine, will try to force you to re-administer nicotine into your system and the slightest dose of Nicotine (that comes with a single puff) will be enough to trigger that addiction again. This has been scientifically proven many times.
Quitting smoking is the single most important thing you can do for you and your family’s health and the rewards are bountiful.
Many have done it, many are doing it right now, and you can definitely do it.
So kick that butt and remember the mantra of N.O.P.E
I appreciate your willingness to abstain from Nicotine. If you need some motivation, here is one book I can recommend that has helped millions around the world to quit: The Easy Way to Stop Smoking by Allen Carr.