Quitting smoking involves making a series of (often difficult) changes to your perspective and lifestyle. For some, it can be as hard as saying goodbye to a longtime friend; someone that has provided them comfort during times of stress and helped them fit in and make new friends.
Giving up smoking is one of the most important things you can do to improve your health, but that doesn’t mean it should be taken lightly. To help you successfully quit smoking, here are five changes you should make…
1. Realize It’s Not All About Willpower
There is a widespread belief among smokers and non-smokers alike that smoking is no more than a bad habit, in the same realm as biting your fingernails or talking with your mouth full. In reality, smoking is actually a powerful addiction and should be treated as such. This means giving smokers permission not to beat themselves up for falling off the wagon because they realize that they are fighting their body’s own dependence and urging for nicotine.
If willpower was enough to quit smoking, everyone would do it the first time. But willpower alone can’t overcome your body’s addiction to nicotine, the substance in the cigarette that keeps you hooked. While nicotine itself isn’t dangerous, the burning of chemicals that occur when you smoke is. Nicotine addiction can happen after just one hit, whether you realize it or not, which is why almost all smokers are addicted.