Support For Stop Smoking
Talk to people who have successfully quit smoking cigarettes. Ask them how they did it. Chances are, you will find that they quit cold turkey. I haven’t met anyone who has successfully quit otherwise. Most people I have talked to who have used the patch or gum or whatever else there is out there end up relapsing (start smoking again). You must surround yourself with people who have quit long-term. Otherwise, you will be surrounded by people saying things like, “I can’t quit. Screw it. I wish I could quit, but I’m too weak.” Those type of people are soft. They won’t help your cause at all. You’ll find yourself giving in to temptations of the “nicotine voice.” You need to be rock-solid.
With that being said, you are going to have an extremely tough time quitting if anyone in your home smokes. Not that it can’t be done, but it will be very difficult. There will always be the lingering smell of smoke to remind you of what you are missing. There will always be a cigarette box lying around tempting you to smoke. And worst of all, there probably will be second-hand smoke that you will breath. This will make it difficult to completely rid your body of nicotine. Thus you will ALWAYS be craving a cigarette.
I strongly recommend some kind of support group or mentor outside of your immediate family and friends. I personally subscribe to a man named Michael Marks. Originally, he was a dating adviser. He publishes material on how to start and develop romantic relationships with women. However, he now considers himself a personal excellence coach.
Besides dating issues, he talks about the importance of living life to the fullest every second of the day. He constantly comments on the importance of accepting challenges and overcoming them rather than giving up because of failure. If you are a woman, than you probably want to seek a female motivational coach. They will most likely be more effective at helping you deal with woman issues. Obviously, if you are a man, then seek out a male coach. You want to find a supporter who drills the importance of overcoming challenges and obstacles despite failing and fear.
There are two really important things Michael Marks taught me that helped me quit smoking: Don’t listen to sad music, and don’t watch sad movies or television shows. When you listen to sad music, it will make you sad. If you are sad, you will want to be comforted. Ask yourself what songs you listen to on a regular basis. Are they songs about giving up and feeling hopeless? What you need to do is completely throw away all your depressing songs. Burn them all. Replace them with upbeat music. I immediately turn the radio off if I hear a lifeless song.
Right now, the first four songs I listen to in the morning are “Bright Side of the Road,” by Van Morrison; “The Measure of a Man,” by Elton John; “Soul Man,” I forget by who; and “Fooling Yourself,” by Styx. All these songs are about not giving up and conquering challenges that lie ahead. Ask yourself what type of television shows and movies you watch. Are you a man who watches a sitcom that constantly makes fun of the leading male character? Are you a woman who watches a sitcom that makes fun of the leading female character? When you watch television or movies that insult humans day in and day out, it tends to effect you whether you realize it or not.
The point is that you need to filter out any media that degrades humans. Look for musical lyrics that are about conquering challenges. Watch movies that star a character who overcomes their problems despite horrific odds. You need to immerse yourself in an environment that promotes the idea of conquering challenges and overcoming adversity or difficulties. Doing so will greatly increase your chance of resisting the temptations of a cigarette while trying to quit. Surrounding yourself with strength will make you strong. I always recommend an ipod. The ability to make playlists are really convenient. You can make several different playlists. That way, you can have upbeat music all the time. You can have a "driving to work" playlist full of really upbeat songs to get you going, and you could also have a "driving home from work" playlist full of songs that are positive but mellow. Start building a library of movies and watch them all the time.
Finally, I want to tell you that if there is a person in your environment that is constantly abusing you verbally or physically, do what you need to do but then pack your bags and say goodbye to them forever. Remember, you only get one life. You should enjoy it. Don’t waste it being abused. There’s no need to be a victim. To find out more, you can check out Support For Stop Smoking.