Like most of the good things in life, it’s going to take some effort and perseverance if you want to someday consider yourself a non-smoker. If it were easy to quit, everyone would do it and smoking cessation wouldn’t be a multi-billion dollar industry. What it really boils down to is a matter of self-efficacy. Do you believe you can quit? The answer to that question will go a long way in deciding if any of these methods will work for you.
Go Cold Turkey: It’s Still Your Best Shot
Even with all of the self-improvement books, classes, hypnotherapists, patches, pills, e-cigarettes, and everything else designed to help with the quitting process, the most successful way – percentage-wise – is just flat out stopping.
When most people think of going cold turkey they freeze up and think that that could never work for them because it would just be too hard. They think of all of the cravings, the weight gain, the incessant thinking of cigarettes, and then they don’t even try it. Or they give it a half-hearted attempt, it doesn’t work out, and then their belief is confirmed that it’s not for them.
Benefits of going cold turkey: It’s free! Unlike all of the products and services you can pay for in order to try to quit, simply stopping doesn’t cost you a thing. It’s also something that you can start immediately after making the decision to quit.
The trick is that you can’t go cold turkey, have it not work out for you, and then give up on the method entirely. It might take a few attempts, or even several attempts, before you’re able to quit for good using the cold turkey method. There are certain sites you can go to in order to get help if you want to go this route. WhyQuit.com is one place to start.
- Terrie’s Story: This alone should give you enough motivation to quit. WARNING: Some viewers may be disturbed by the content and images in this video.
Read Allen Carr’s Easyway to Stop Smoking
This has been touted as the number one book for trying to stop smoking. Celebrities swear by it, and it’s got an impressive number of glowing reviews on its effectiveness. One fun thing: you get to smoke while you’re reading it. By the end of the book you put out your last cigarette and that’s it, you’re supposed to be smoke-free from then on.
It’s all about putting a wedge between your old way of thinking, and your new way of thinking. Your old way of thinking got you to where you are now, where you’re a smoker. If you want to make the leap to being a nonsmoker, you need a different perspective on smoking, and this book appears to provide that.
The mental side of smoking cessation can’t be overstated, and since the answer to the problems likely can’t be given to you from your family and friends, it’s necessary to bring in a professional. A book is a way to provide the same caliber of advice, without the price tag and at times that are convenient to you.
Patches, Pills, Kits, Apps, Homeopathy and More!
There is a ton of anti-smoking products and packages that you can try, and some of them have proven to be more effective than others. But here’s how to tell if it’s something that will help you: If you think it will help you, it probably will. Even if it just gives you a feeling of confidence, of of being in control of your cravings, than it’s worth trying.
“Throw it against the wall and see what sticks!” While this method may not work for some things, it’s all about finding what works best for you. You might discover that a combination of two or three methods is the key. Or you might stumble upon one technique that gets you through the toughest times.
You might even run the gamut on every technique under the sun, find that nothing works for you, and then get a stronger resolve to quit cold turkey, satisfied that there isn’t some magic formula out there that you’re missing out on.
- Nicoderme CQ Patches
- Nicorette Lozenge
- LifeSign QuitKey Smoking Cessation Computer
- Blu Cigs Electronic Cigarettes
- LIVESTRONG MyQuit Coach
Hypnosis: Works for Some, Not for Others
You might have heard a lot of talk about hypnosis for smoking cessation. The idea is that you’d go in, have someone put you into a hypnotic state, and come out a non-smoker. But in reality it’s not a one-shot deal, you’ll have to reinforce the suggestions made during your session to get the full benefit.
But the method has been proven to be successful in at least a certain percentage of people that are able to be placed into that state of consciousness where suggestions can be implanted. The hypnotist will make negative associations to smoking so that when you think to smoke you immediately link it to a bad taste in your mouth, or a toxic substance that is jeopardizing your life.
It’s interesting to note that even though most smokers know that it’s bad for their health, because the harmful effects are not realized immediately and take years to develop it’s not a strong enough deterrent to stop smoking in the present. Because hypnosis creates a strong negative association and uses solid reasoning, it may be one method to consider if you’re struggling.
Try to Avoid Tempting Situations
If you know the places and face that trigger your urge to smoke, it’s a good idea to avoid them until you have a stronger handle on your anti-smoking efforts. During the early days of trying to quit you might not be in a place where you feel that you have a lot of control over yourself. It’s best not to tempt fate by putting yourself in a tempting situation.
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