Being a long time smoker, I have learned it does not only greatly affect your overall health, but can also put a huge dent in your wallet as taxes and prices increase for smokers. Many people are looking for ways to either cut back, or completely kick the habit of smoking. This can be a hard task for many and here I would like to share some advice which I believe can help you in your pursuit of kicking the habit.
My personal experience with smoking comes from many years of dealing with this addiction. Many times I have thought about wanting to quit and I have always found it a hard task to do. Lately I have been experimenting with changing my personal routine which has helped me cut back a lot. So I have decided, if it works for me, it might just help you and I hope it does.
Taking time to sit back and look at myself and the specific times I smoke. I am realizing a lot of it has become a habit, or a routine you may say. Below I would like to share a few quick examples on what I mean.
Most smokers start there day with a cigarette. A lot of times this is even the first thing they do before they even eat breakfast. Which remember nicotine is a highly addictive substance and when your body goes 6 or 8 hours of rest. The first thing on your mind is satisfying that craving as soon as possible when you wake up.
A lot of smokers have built the habit of smoking after a meal or anytime they eat. I am not sure on why this one occurs. Maybe it is just one of the routines that is developed by a smoker. Depending on how many meals you eat a day, some smokers eat after every single meal meaning; breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I have even seen people who smoke while eating meals.
One thing I have noticed also, which I would like to start by saying, idle hands are the devils playground. Which simply means in this example. When you are bored and have nothing to do, a lot of times you will find yourself lighting up your next cigarette.
Another major time I have noticed the urge hits hard to light up, is right before heading to bed for rest. It is the start of our day and usually becomes one of the last things we do before bed. Maybe it calms the overall craving for nicotine so we prepare our bodies before we lay down, by smoking that one last cigarette of the night.
So hopefully with those few examples, you are starting to understand what I mean by routine. I believe one of the best things that can help us loose the habit, is to make changes to this routine. Once again I would like to give you a few examples on what I mean.
The start of the day starts with a smoke, so why not start waiting 30 minutes after waking up to even light up? Once we make it to where we are waiting 30 minutes to light up, if it is your desire, why not increase this to waiting at least 1 hour before we light up in the morning? You never know. Soon you may get to where you have no urge to light up at all in the early morning. There we are controlling the first routine of the day and have greatly increased our chances of quiting or just cutting back. Now we can move on and focus on our next routine.
Great you just ate, and now you once again have the urge for a cigarette. The best way I see kicking this routine is not to slow down, or even space out the time you light up. Here I believe it is important to do our best to kick this routine all together. The best way I have found to do this, is to replace the cigarette. One of the best replacements for this time is a nice tasty little treat, like a sucker or hard candy. Preferably a sucker seeing as most of the habit with smoking turns out to be mental, and is the hand to mouth motion. Not only do we have a nice sweet for desert after every meal, we are ready to focus on our next routine.
The devils playground, idle hands, boredom and how to kill it to help us kick this routine which can overall help us kick the habit. There is really only one way here. Keep your hands busy. If your hands are busy then they can not light up, and they are too busy to keep pulling a cigarette from your mouth. What you do here is up to you. Go for a nice walk, ride a bike, read a book, or do something you really enjoy where you typically are not smoking. Just do something that does not involve you smoking. If you are usually smoking during everything you do, then go out and find something else new to do and explore. There are many options out their. Once we have beaten this routine we can now focus on another.
As I suggested for the morning, do the same for the evening. Say you typically have your last cigarette 5 minutes before you lay down. Try slowly increasing this time little by little. If it is hard on you, at first try 15 minutes before bed, gradually increasing this time every few days. You never know you soon may not even think of lighting up at all before bed. Thus once more kicking another routine.
So hopefully you could easily understand what I mean by changing your routines, to help you cut back, or quit smoking all together. I wish you the best of luck in which ever reason your deciding to use this information and I hope it does work for you. Remember it is our right to be able to smoke, but remember the overall impact it has on our health and our wallet.