Getting the Right Mindset to Quit Smoking
Most people who want to quit smoking realize that they are physically addicted to nicotine so they use various
methods to cope with the withdrawal symptoms and to resist cravings. However, many ignore the fact that they are
psychologically addicted to the habit of smoking. As a result, they lose the battle in their mind. Your
mind is the strongest weapon that you have on your side when trying to quit. Find out how to make the most
out of it.
Get personal inner motivation first. You have to know why you want to quit smoking. This will
make you determined and give you inner strength to stop once and for all. It is a good idea to write down all the
reasons for quitting that you have on a piece of paper. It is also recommended to repeat these reasons to yourself
when you have cravings. For instance, telling yourself that you are doing this for the wellbeing of your children
is bound to give you the inner strength you need to stay away from cigarettes.
Try to eliminate the fear of failure. It is natural to ask yourself what will happen if you
fail to quit smoking. You read how hard it is. Your friends tell you this as well. You check the statistics and you
see that the odds are not in your favor. In this situation, it is natural to be afraid. The reality is that there
is nothing worse than continuing to smoke. You have to tell yourself that it is much better to try and fail than to
be in a situation in which you and everyone around you suffer.
Repeat to yourself that you are much stronger than you think. The reality is that most smokers trying to
quit fail not because they are weak in front of their habit, but because they think they are weak. Try to
focus your mind on all the achievements that you have accomplished because of your persistence and hard work. This
will show you that you are strong and capable of achieving literally anything. Think of quitting as a goal and
consider how happy and satisfied you will be with your success in the end.
Imagine your life without smoking. Think of how much more energy you will have. Imagine
yourself with softer and smoother skin and whiter teeth. Think of all the additional benefits that these factors
will bring to your life. You will be able to spend more time doing fun things such as playing football, hiking or
dancing. You will be more attractive and confident and this is bound to help you in all spheres of life.