If you’re trying to actually stop smoking for the long run, then it’s going to take a lot more than just willpower. You will need to also think about all of the things that go into quitting for the long run. This means that you’re going to need to take a look at the support that you have in this new goal, as well as the pitfalls that often press you into smoking in the first place. You’re going to find that quitting smoking is a process that can take time and you have to be aware of the deck that’s stacked against you.
You see, nicotine is something that’s definitely designed to be addictive. It’s a drug that your body has developed a dependency to. When you don’t get nicotine, the body is going to go into a state of withdrawal. The only way to get rid of the habit is to break the addiction. This means that you’re going to have to deal with being tired, irritated, hungry, and miserable for a while. Some people estimate that the physical addiction to nicotine takes about 72 – 96 hours to fully break. The rest of it is the psychological side.
That’s when the support group has to come in. You have to feel like you’re surrounded by people that can’t imagine you failing. You have to be surrounded by people who you feel would be disappointed to find that you quit smoking yet started right back up.
This is not something that you can focus on for a little while and then stop doing it — that’s not the way quitting smoking works. You’re always going to have to fight the urge to smoke. There are people that stop smoking for ten years and go right back to it. This is something that usually happens because they’re in a situation where they feel compelled to smoke and feel that they have no choice.
Some people don’t even bother to quit because everyone in their family smokes, and they feel pressured to be part of the smoking party. Yet you need to break out of that. Just because your family is doing something that’s destructive to their bodies doesn’t mean that you necessarily have to follow suit. You can always opt to avoid the whole thing by just dealing with the family that’s willing to support you. It’s all a matter of how bad you want to quit smoking. If it means that you meet your smoking family in areas where you can’t smoke, then that’s what you’re going to have to do.
On the other hand, you don’t have to necessarily give up just because your family won’t give you the support that you feel you need. You will want to go online and join a few support groups that will be more than happy to give you the help you need.
What about time and patience? Well, those things play a role in your power to quit smoking as well. You want to always make sure that you’re giving yourself enough time for the changes to stick. You’re going to need to make some changes to your routine, and you’re definitely going to make sure that you focus on the fact that these habits can take a long time to break. You can’t expect overnight results — even if you go to your doctor and take a prescription drug designed to help you quit or if you chew nicotine gum, you’re still going to need to give yourself time and have patience.
The road to being smoke-free is going to be long for some and short for others, but it’s going to take effort no matter what. Think about the people that matter to you — wouldn’t you want extra years to be with them? Wouldn’t you want to have the chance to actually be able to enjoy a long life with them? That’s what we thought.
Now is the time to kick your quit-smoking goals into high gear! You can do it, so don’t give up!