Creating your quit-smoking plan may dramatically improve your chances of becoming a non-smoker for good and feel good. If you're like many other smokers, you know you should quit -- you just either not "ready" to do it just yet, or aren't sure how to go about it.
Decide to quit smoking.
You may be able to list a lot of reasons to stop smoking.
What's yours? Create a list of why you're quitting the habit, in order of importance.
You may be worried about the health problems related to smoking, the social stigma, the expense or the pressure from loved ones. Reading this list will help you keep on track. Create a story or a mental image of a person you are going to become.
There may be times when you feel like you just have to have a cigarette or when it feels like you're smoking on an autopilot.
List yours. Complile this list and make it as detailed as possible.
Drinking alcohol often triggers the urge to smoke, especially during parties and situations when you are around other smokers. Dealing with stress can be a trigger to smoke. Many smokers smoke while driving. Drinking coffee often triggers the urge to smoke.
Do your research.
Most people will make multiple attempts before they finally quit. Do research on the most effective methods to quit that resonates with you. If you go about quitting armed with these tools and resources, as compared to going it alone, you increase your chances of success.
Pick your quit day.
Pick a specific day within the next month to quit smoking. Don't set your quit day too far in the future, or you may find it hard to follow through. But don't do it before you have a quit-smoking plan in place, either. Having a day in mind can help you prepare for what to expect and to line up helpful support.