Before you can stop-smoking, you need to mentally prepare yourself. Many people who try to stop-smoking fail because they have not been mentally prepared for the challenge that lies ahead.
Cigarette smoking is one of the most addictive substances there are. It does nothing to add to your life. It had a foul odor, stinks up the house and your clothes, yellows your teeth and causes wrinkles around your mouth.
On top of that, it is very unhealthy. It weakens your immune system and leads to diseases such as cancer. It is one of the leading causes of heart disease, diseases of the circulatory system and lung cancer. Clearly, there is no good reason to smoke. There are, however, many good reasons to stop-smoking.
One thing that you can do to mentally prepare to stop-smoking is to tell friends and family of your plans to quit the habit. Many people will feel uncomfortable failing in front of family and friends.
They will not want anyone to know that they were unable to stop-smoking. This is one good reason to tell people. In addition to wanting to improve your health, you will not want to seem like a failure to friends and family, so you might stick with it. This can help you over a craving for a cigarette or two.
Another thing that you can do to mentally prepare to stop-smoking is make some changes in your lifestyle. If you go to a bar or bingo hall every week where there is smoking and all of your friends smoke, are you going to be able to handle this without having a cigarette?
You might want to stay away from those places for a month or so and go to a fitness center instead. Here you will be able to exercise, which will be even more beneficial to your health, instead of being tempted to smoke.
If you live in a state where there are strict anti-smoking laws, it is easier to stop-smoking. You will not be tempted to light up in a bar or anywhere else because these states have no smoking inside ordinances.
If you live in an area where smoking inside of commercial buildings is still legal, you may have to avoid places where you used to go to smoke, just until you have succeeded.
It can be very difficult to stop-smoking, but far from impossible. Each year, millions of people accomplish this task and break free from the nicotine prison that they are in. They generally go on to lead healthier lives.