Being a quitter is not always a good thing. But when it comes to smoking, it's best to be a quitter. Everyone has a different philosophy as to which methods work best. Here are our top 5 tried-and-true methods to get cigarettes out of your life for good.
1. Cold Turkey
Perhaps the oldest trick in the book, going cold turkey is actually surprisingly effective -- according to the American Cancer Society, more that 80% of former smokers that use this method have success. It's largely a matter of mindset -- if you can dream it, you can do it.
2. Replace That Nicotine
Nicotine is the ingredient in cigarettes that makes us crave more. But when you get nicotine by a different means, you cut out the harmful effects of smoking while not going completely into withdrawal. Nicotine patches, lozenges, or gum will slowly, over time, lessen your need.
3. Stop it at the Source
Our habit to smoke cigarettes is often spurred on by a trigger. A common trigger is stress. So if you eliminate the trigger, you'll feel less addicted to soothing that stressor. Exercising, meditation, and listening to music are all great ways to relieve stress that are better for you than cigarettes.
4. Be a Busy Bee
The more stuff you have to do, the less you will think about smoking. We love the app, QuitGuide, which gives you tips on understanding your smoking habits and replacing them with a healthier lifestyle. Also, don't spend as much time with smoking peers. Be around smoke-free people and enjoy yourself.
5. Make a Promise To Yourself
Any goal can be achieved with a positive attitude. Make a plan, a timeline, and stick to it. Journal daily or weekly about your progress, and don't be afraid to ask for help. Your journey to quitting is not one to be done alone. You can do it!