Learn and understand your personal smoking triggers, then avoid them. Your personal triggers can be related to work, stress or specific people in your life. Avoid any triggers to the best of your ability. Some may be impossible to avoid, so develop a game plan for dealing with them in a healthy manner. Make a gym membership part of your quitting plan. Your health will improve and, more importantly, you will give yourself something instead of smoking to occupy your time. Exercising is a great stress reliever as well. If you are out of shape, and have not exercised in a while, you can start slowly by simply going for a walk every morning, or every other day. Ask your doctor, before you start engaging in any exercise activities. Find alternate methods of keeping your mouth occupied if needing to have something in your mouth is a component of your addiction. Some good tricks to stimulate your mouth in other ways would be to chew gum or suck on hard candy whenever you find yourself craving a cigarette. Others have found electronic cigarettes to be quite useful. If giving up smoking is hard for you, think about a different source for your nicotine while you quit. Studies show that this can double people’s quitting success rate when combined with behavior awareness. Examples of replacement therapies include nicotine patches, lozenges and gum. These products should only be used in place of cigarettes, not with them.
Write down every reason that you can think of to finally give up smoking. Include every reason that comes to your mind, whether it is big or small. Look back at the list, if you want a cigarette. It can motivate you to resist the urge to smoke, and help you remember why you are quitting.
There are many counselors who offer services to help you quit smoking. Sometimes, we smoke for emotional reasons. If that is addressed, the need to smoke may go away. If this interests you, your family doctor should be able to point you in the right direction and offer a referral.