If you have been to my site before you have probably read about my quit story. I was a smoker for a long time and quitting was one of the hardest things I think I have ever had to do. In all honesty I think childbirth was easier than when I tried to quit smoking.
One of my biggest reasons for quitting!
Each and every time I tried to quit I was full of good intentions but for the most part was completely ill-prepared for the road ahead.
Every single time I went back to smoking I felt defeated and even embarrassed and ashamed that I wasn’t strong enough to see it through.
Time and time again I would make excuses as to why I might as well just keep smoking. I would say things like:
“I am just too stressed to quit right now.”
“If my son doesn’t see me smoking he won’t know that I smoke.”
“It’s my life and I can choose to live it however I please. ”
But the truth was I wanted to quit. I didn’t want to smell like smoke.
I didn’t want to have to sneak around to light up.
I wanted to be free of the cigarettes and the control they had over my life.
I finally quit smoking in nursing school, the most stressful time in my life. I have been smoke-free ever since.
The last and final time I quit I decided that I wasn’t going to go it alone.
I was ready to finally take this head on but I was going to need help. I had to stop relying on only myself and had to put my faith into something outside of my own efforts. So I high tailed it to the VA (veterans’ hospital) and talked with my doctor about becoming smoke-free.
She sent me over to the pharmacy to pick up the NicoDerm® CQ® patch (you don’t need a prescription normally – the veterans’ hospital just works a bit differently).
Who knew a little clear patch would change my life so much? If you are a smoker or know a smoker I want to give some tips that helped me quit smoking for good:
1. Ask for help
Many people try to go it alone and not tell anyone that they are trying to quit.
I understand the reasoning can sometimes be that you don’t want people to know if you fail. Asking for help can give you the support you need to make it through the really difficult times (and there will be difficult times).
Another great place to find support is on Quit.com, which has a program called MyQuit™ that offers support and coupons via email. So if you don’t feel fully comfortable asking for help from those around you or you just want added support, Quit.com is a great option. I fully recommend telling a friend and signing up for the MyQuit™ email support.
There is no such thing as too much support.
2. Focus on the positive
When you are trying to quit smoking it can sometimes be hard to stay positive.
You may be struggling with withdrawal from the symptoms. However, the best thing you can do for yourself is focus on the positive outcomes that you will feel the longer you stay smoke free.
I personally would think about how much better I would feel.
I also reminded myself of how quitting would help inspire those around me.
3. Keep a journal
Keep one of those little notebooks with you at all times, and any time you feel like having a smoke, take your journal out and write it down.
Also use this to write down what emotion or event triggered you to want to smoke. This will help you identify the peak times you want to smoke. I did this and still do with everything from eating to shopping.
Once I was able to pinpoint my triggers I could work hard to reduce or steer clear of them altogether.
4. Reduce stressors and triggers
You will need that journal you have been keeping for this one.
Now that your triggers and stressors are identified it is time to work on reducing or avoiding them. Stress is of course a natural part of life but you can work on finding other ways to deal with the stress versus smoking. Some triggers may be harder to avoid. Mine was getting in the car. I had to fight the urge every single time I got in the car.
To help me overcome this (I couldn’t stop getting in the car but I could distract myself from thinking about it) I would turn up the music and put on a concert in my car.
It helped greatly! I still do it but now I just do it to embarrass my son…lol
5. Give Nicotine Replacement Therapy a try
Finally if you have tried going cold turkey and it hasn’t worked it could be time to give Nicotine Replacement Therapy a try.
Each step gradually reduces your nicotine intake and helps prevent the urge to smoke all day long.
Step 1 has the highest level of nicotine while Step 3 has the lowest.
Always be sure to use the product that’s right for you and use as directed on the box. I hope that these tips help you as they helped me quit smoking.
This is your year to be smoke free! If you think NicoDerm® CQ® is right for you or a friend, register today for the MyQuit program, and get a $5 coupon via Quit.com website!
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Have you ever had to quit an unhealthy habit? How did you do it? Tell me in the comments for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card!
*Behavioral support programs can increase the chances of quitting successfully.
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