As soon as a Smoker decides to quit smoking, nicotine withdrawal symptoms become the uppermost concern in the Smoker’s mind. Fear of the withdrawal is the single most powerful obstacle to getting started.
However, once that fear is put in its proper perspective, stopping smoking is really not as difficult as our own addicted minds have tricked us into believing.
Getting through the Withdrawal
Going through nicotine withdrawal cold turkey is actually the best way to approach quitting smoking because cold turkey is the only method that will not prolong and intensify the withdrawal symptoms.
Logically, if we must go through a withdrawal, let’s do it quickly.
Nicotine withdrawal is a short phase overall, but it can be intense. Make it more manageable by empowering yourself with knowledge about what to expect as you go through the early days of smoking cessation.
Review Your Reasons and Benefits
Many of the reasons for wanting to quit smoking are common, but some of them will be unique to your own situation. Make a list on paper and as a continual reminder on your smartphone.
Carry it with you, adding to it as more reasons pop into your mind. Read it often. Your list is a valuable tool to help you to deal with the urge to smoke.
Know When You’re Rationalizing
Thoughts of smoking just one cigarette are going to happen as you make your way through the early days of nicotine withdrawal. In fact, during the first few days of smoking cessation, you may feel as though you’re thinking of nothing but smoking.
Addiction has an even stronger hold on you mentally than it does physically. Your mind will turn itself inside out trying to convince you that you must smoke again.
Be prepared for the mental chatter that comes with this phase of stopping smoking. Every new Ex-Smoker goes through some of it. Understand that it’s just a part of the process as you recover from nicotine addiction and don’t let it throw you off your goal.
For most people, the worst of it will be over by the end of your second day.
Triggers to Smoke
Physical withdrawal from nicotine triggers the urge to smoke. In the first 72 hours, nicotine is gone from the bloodstream. Triggers shift over to the mental associations you have built up over the years as a Smoker.
This is the reason I teach you how to recondition your thinking from the very beginning.
Triggers will often appear seemingly out of the blue and cause powerful urges to smoke, even though there is no nicotine present in your body any longer.
With practice, I teach you how to break down old habits and create new ones that are much healthier.
Think of Momentum as a Tool
You start your quit program on day one. You only have to get through about 48 hours of temporary discomfort. That’s it !
Every smoke-free day makes you stronger and more able to succeed. The gains may be somewhat imperceptible at first, but they’re happening all the same.
Day-by-day you’re building momentum that will propel you forward with greater ease as time goes by. You can always do more than you think you can.
To Change Your Life, Change Your Mind
It has been said that the average person has approximately 60,000 thoughts a day. You might be surprised to learn how much of what you think is negative and directed at yourself. And worse, many people repeat those self-defeating thoughts over and over again.
I teach you exact techniques to change your thought processes because your mind believes what you tell it,
As you experience the temporary withdrawal, you will need to pay attention to what you’re thinking. In the Stop for Life program, I will teach you how to give yourself positive cues that really work under any circumstances.
Fear of temporary withdrawal is your worst enemy. It is the fear alone that causes most failure simply because it prevents the Smoker from ever getting started on a path that is really not so difficult.
At Stop for Life, we help you every step of the way.
Smoking cessation is a process, not an event. Recovery takes time.
Every smoke-free day makes you stronger and more able to succeed.
Every single day you complete smoke-free early on is a huge accomplishment. You may not think so, but the minutes, hours, and days you put between you and that last cigarette you smoked is working to strengthen your resolve.
Little by little, you’re teaching yourself how to live without cigarettes.
Let’s get started Right Here, Right Now !