Quit to win: the non-smoker’s guide to success
Take up all your options, use them all and get your game on to fight this. Be it patches, substitutes, exercise, eating and snacking, medical support… if it’s there to help you, make use of it. Cigarette addition is serious and probably the only reason it’s not being treated in clinics - like so many other addictions - is because this one is still somewhat ‘socially accepted’.
It is still a very hard challenge as all ex-smokers can tell you - but they’ll also tell you it was worth it.
Learn from others.
Both success and failure stories can help you. Be inspired from those who were able to overcome their addiction and learn from the mistakes of others: get online, download an app, read through forums and join groups. One of the most common mistakes is being over-confident: you start to believe you can now control your habits and choose to smoke just one. The truth is you most likely can’t. Each time you do, you go back to the same level of addiction as before, and you’ll go back to the same struggle, strong urges, afflicting cravings… all over again. So don’t, not even one puff. You don’t need it.
Be nauseated by smoking.
All those nasty images of what cigarettes can cause, the way you’ve always hated the smell it leaves on your clothes and hair: consider the worst and force yourself to remember it as often as you consider picking up a cigarette. If the first thought on your mind is the bursting ashtray and the yellowish disgusting marks on your index finger, maybe you won't be in such hurry to light one. Keep the disgusted notion for as long as the desire strikes - if you resist the peaks, you’ll be fine.
Each urge seems like a light went on in your brain and you have to smoke – period! But as these intense cravings feel, resist them and you’ll be able to see that they will reduce in intensity and duration. Every now and then, when you’re stressed you’ll probably feel strong urges as well, but you’ll be able to shift your attention elsewhere and hopefully train your attention span.
What about those extra pounds?
It’s not weight; you’re just a bit bloated with all that pride. People often end up gaining weight once they quit smoking: there is no direct relation, but the simple fact your enhanced senses will increase your appetite, leaving you amazed by all the newly-found flavours, smells and intensities of food. There also seems to be a high temptation to substitute the addiction with snacks that ease the habits of gestures, keeping the hands and mouth interacting as they would when smoking.
There are healthy alternatives that you can choose to keep the mind ‘busy’ and compensate the lost gesture; but even if you do gain a few pounds, remember: if you can quit smoking, you have it in you to overcome that challenge too. Also (and we’re not just saying), consider joining a Holmes Place Club as you’ll be in a completely smoke free environment, doing activities and exercises that improve your health, keeping busy, and clearing your mind of nasty thoughts. Overall, you'll be engaging with the brand new lifestyle you deserve.
It’s quite amazing how those few minutes spent smoking can add up to useful time. Once you quit you’ll find yourself more willing to do things that will keep you occupied for longer periods, and that keep your brain and hands busy. Crafts, arts and hobbies are great allies, but if you only have a few minutes a time to spare then update your social channels, connect to friends, call someone or even keep up with our inspiring articles!