When a person decides that they want to quit smoking it is often a good idea to lay down a bunch of basic guidelines for themselves to help them get through the initial steps to quitting.
Quitting smoking is so much more than the act of not putting a cigarette to your lips. It is both a physical and emotional change to ones daily routines. Motivation and support are two of the most important factors when quitting.
A person who can offer support can be a big bonus to the smoker who wants to quit. Knowing that someone supports their decisions and will listen to the gamut of feelings that they will be dealing with can make the difference between quitting successfully and failure. This person will also be there to cheer you on and make you feel that your struggles are not all for nothing. A positive influence can help you remain resolute.
Another important thing to do is to give yourself goals and stick to them. Reward yourself as you pass those goals; maybe go out for dinner when you have passed the first week or something equally enjoyable as you passed the first month.
Use your own positive reinforcement to tell yourself that you are doing the right thing, which is that you will quit, have confidence in yourself and you will be able to succeed.
Other guidelines that will help a smoker quit are to set boundaries for themselves. This includes trying to stay away from friends, family, or co-workers who smoke. Stay away from those places you used to enjoy smoking. If your spouse smokes try to convince them to stop, or not smoke around you.
There are some food choices that would be wise to make when quitting smoking. Drink lots of water throughout the day. Studies have confirmed that when a person feels dry they are more likely to crave a cigarette. Make sure it is water you are drinking to keep your mouth and throat moist. Coffee has the opposite effect. It not only encourages those smokers cravings but it can cause dehydration.
Some of the best foods to eat, especially in the early days for quitting, include carrot sticks, celery stalks, as well as other fruit and vegetables that are easy to munch on. This fills the craving need without being foods that are likely to cause weight gain. Stay away from candy since it upsets the sugar levels in your body and will actually encourage the craving for a cigarette.
When you have a craving for a cigarette there are certain ways to deal with them that will help you make it through another day of not smoking. Some suggestions include going for a walk, listening to a favorite song, doing yoga or talking to the person in your life who has offered support. Doing any of these is a better plan then giving into the craving. If you set up a good reaction to your cravings you will make it through those tortuous early days of quitting smoking.