Here is a short list of proven to work cold turkey tips and tricks:
Knowing and Forgiving Yourself
Personally I think quitting cold turkey is the best way to quit, but I also am aware that a lot of cold turkey attempts lead to failure. I’ve known that I might relapse and that I’ve still saved myself from smoking up to that point. If I fell of the wagon I would just dust myself off and try again. I knew I’d eventually smoke less, and finally quit completely! I kept myself accountable, but didn’t beat myself up with it. Quitting is a long journey.
Avoiding Stressful Situations and Taking Breaks at Work
Smoking was obviously a small vacation personally, one and only thing that allowed me to be with my head and enjoy a moment. My favorite realization about smoking is always that I can have a break from work with no cigarette, and that is the break that is required! I often take more time breaks than I would have if I was smoking. I go to get a walk or enjoy my lunch slowly.
Meditation gives me control over my emotions and stress. The better I got at calming down manually, the higher I got at resisting the impulse to smoke.
Focusing on Your Teeth
A healthier looking and feeling smile is one of the first rewards I had gained from quitting. It got brighter and brighter as the weeks went by and afflicted me with a healthier ritual to train, brushing and flossing.
Adding Cardio to Your Entire Life
Walking or running (if you possibly could) can be a wonderful starting point, either outside or at the gym. It was obviously a great approach to gauge my heart health. I just subscribed to my first 5K!
Picking Up Cigarette Butts
Picking up cigarettes, in their most disgusting form can be therapeutic! I have done it in my backyard as well as in my entire community. It was outward expression of the process I was doing on the inside.
Most of all I avoid traveling in cars with smokers. If the smell doesn’t make me want to lit up, it would make me really sick to my stomach. I also won’t allow people to smoke in my own car, which I’m proud of. It now smells of stress busting vanilla and sports a ‘No smoking’ decal.
Keep Reminding Yourself of the Consequences
All it takes to me is knowing one person who looks much older than they may be and gets sick almost too often to keep working. Smoking is in complete control of this person’s life. If you don’t have a horror story close to you, look them up. You’ll have a lot of stories to read. According to the American Cancer Society, about 443,000 people in the United States each and every year die from illnesses linked to tobacco use. Smoking cigarettes kills more Americans than alcohol, motor vehicle collisions, suicide, AIDS, homicide, and illegal drugs combined.
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