Make a list of all the reasons you have to quit smoking
Identify in which situations you are most likely to grab a cigarette. If you know when these moments take place (e.g. after dinner) you can think of a way to deal with the situation (e.g. eat an apple or a stick of gum after dinner)
Set a “Quit Smoking” date on the calendar. It can be tomorrow, next week or the 1st of January.
Tell everyone you know about your plans to quit smoking. If you tell your friends and co-workers, one of them might join you in quitting smoking.
Get rid of everything that reminds you of smoking.
The best way to quit smoking is to stop “cold turkey”. This can increase your chances of success.
Also change your eating and drinking habits. It’s good to drink a lot of water and to eat a lot of fresh fruits. Be careful with ‘social drinking’, such as morning coffee with colleagues, tea and alcoholic beverages. The consumption of these drinks is often associated with smoking.
Make sure you get enough personal relaxation time. Go for a walk or ride a
bicycle…these and other types of personal exercises are good for this.
Reward yourself! With the money you save from quitting smoking, you can probably afford a nice relaxing holiday, or fatten your bank account!
If you have a relapse after having quit, don’t give up. Take note of the situation that caused it and try to think of a better way to respond to it next time. If you get through the situation without a relapse, you’ve become stronger.
Sometimes you can’t do it on your own. If this is the case, try to quit with the help of a friend or colleague. Or find help in the form of counseling.
Remain alert and keep control over your emotions. Make it a ‘way of life’ Even when you’ve quit smoking these tips will make you feel more comfortable with yourself.