First of all, it’s important to know that there is no easy way to stop smoking, because it involves a tough decision, and requires a lot of will power. The first step is incidentally the easiest one because it sets up a stop date and doesn’t involve an immediate one. But, that’s when the tough part comes around, and you need to test your determination and see if you can quit smoking gradually. The latter is the period of time in which people stop and then give up smoking. Smoking is so difficult to let go because it presents certain withdrawal symptoms which can be mood swings, irritability or/and anxiety. Being a difficult phase you are invited to register with clinics or support programs.
Most addicts prefer the nicotine replacement therapy, where the cigarettes are replaced by patches or nicotine gum whose use reduces the cravings gradually, these replacements being available over the counter as well as by prescription.
It’s essential to dispose all the ashtrays and other reminders, drinking a lot of fluids, especially fruit juices instead of alcohol, and the most important of them all, to keep away from places, and people who have the tendency to smoke. In the meantime you can find a new hobby, or visit a non-smoking support program.
Yoga, acupressure and acupuncture, or regular exercises are alternative methods adopted by many people for stopping smoking, and can improve your health. Lastly, every time you reach for a smoke read the reasons for quitting you wrote (if you haven’t wrote them yet, make a list). Also, keep a record of the number of days and treat yourself with the saved money.