Avoid smoking traps. One of the reasons that quitting smoking seems like such a daunting task, is that for many smokers it requires that the smoker makes some lifestyle changes. Smoking, unlike many other types of addiction, is both legal and in many cases socially acceptable, and for that reason quitting smoking requires a tremendous amount of willpower.
- Unless you are one of the rare, lucky smokers who are able to quit with relative ease, it’s not always a good idea to rely on your willpower alone. Putting too much faith in your willpower is going to place you in many situations where you’re facing a lot of temptation, and if you give in to this temptation it will be hard to try to quit smoking again: once you lapse in your attempt to quit smoking it affects your self-esteem and ability to try again.
- It is for these reasons that it’s important you help yourself by making some lifestyle changes when you decide to quit smoking. Especially in the early stages of your attempt, you should avoid social situations that are going to present you with a lot of temptation – don’t hang out in bars with other smokers, for example. It’s also a good idea to try and become more active. Most smokers will notice that when they first try to quit they experience feelings of anxiety and restlessness, and becoming more active is a good way to deal with this.
- The changes you should make to your lifestyle when you first quit smoking needn’t be major ones. What you are trying to do is break some of the associations you have with smoking. For many people the most difficult aspect of the smoking addiction is the psychological one – the way in which you’ve incorporated smoking into various aspects of your life. If you’ve been smoking for a long time, it’s likely that there are many situations in which you smoke without even thinking about it: when you’re waiting for a bus, when you’re coffee in the morning, etc.
- By changing your lifestyle and beginning to do things that are new and different for you, you will be slowly building a list of activities that you don’t associate with smoking: you will be gradually breaking the psychological addiction. In many ways, when you quit, you can begin to think of a new phase in your life – a “post-smoking” phase, and you can make the transition easier by creating a “post-smoking” lifestyle: one in which you exercise more, and socialize in different ways.
- By changing your lifestyle you’ll create a whole new set of associations that have nothing to do with smoking, and as a bonus you’ll begin to feel a lot better. Exercising more will make you not only look better but feel better as well, and will provide you with some concrete merits to being smoke free.
- No one wants to lose their friends, or completely change their lifestyle, and by no means does quitting smoking require this. Making a few small changes in your habits, however, will greatly increase your chances of success.