Planning Your Strategy to Quit: 10 Steps

by Dr. Antonio Howell, MD

in quit smoking

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Some people are able to quit without having to exert any effort while others find it useful to plan ahead. If you are ready to quit smoking now but you think you need to do a bit of planning and strategics, here are the steps to follow:



1. Prepare your mind.
The smoking cessation process is going to be fun, challenging and rewarding. The first step would be to learn as much as you can about quitting, including the treatment options available for you. It can be helpful to know what kinds of support are available in your area. Is there a counseling center working with smokers? Is there a smoking cessation specialist near you? In addition to this, you also want to conduct a research about quitting smoking by reading self-help books and browsing the internet.
2. Make helpful changes.
Throw away all your remaining cigarettes, as well as the ashtrays and lighters. You won’t need them anymore. Your goal is to make quitting as easy as possible. If you are fond of hanging out, lessen your interaction with smoking peers and avoid going to places where smoking is common.
3. Get support.
You can get support from your family, friends and relatives. You can also get help from community centers, private clinics and quit smoking organizations.
4. Practice new behaviors that will help you quit.
It is important that you know what your smoking triggers are so you can devise the best plan to overcome them. Learn about stress management skills as. The smoking cessation period can be very stressful especially when you struggle with withdrawal symptoms.
5. Use a medicine.
There are prescription medications such as Chantix that are clinically proven to help you deal with the withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor about it. It is essential that you strictly follow the guidelines or instructions on taking the medicine to ensure safety and success of the treatment.
6. Expect a relapse.
It’s not that you are being pessimistic. But if you know you can slip, you can do something to prevent it. Relapse is normal. What’s important is that you know how to deal with it. Stay motivated and hold on to your reasons for quitting.
7. If you tried quitting before, review your past attempts
Know what went wrong. Assess all the smoking cessation plans you’ve tried and come up with the strategy that will work best for you. Seeking help from a qualified doctor will increase your chance of finally quitting for good.
8. Start quitting.
Once you’ve found the best smoking cessation method, it’s time that you turn your plan into action! Stop quitting now. Just stop.
9. Get through the withdrawal period.
The withdrawal period won’t last long. Expect to feel a week or two of intense craving. After it, everything will go back to normal. You will experience the urge to smoke from time to time though. But surely, you can get through it!
10. Share your story and inspire others.
After finally eliminating the habit from your life, it’s time that you help other smokers do the same. Share these steps and save a life!



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