Preparation is one of the most important steps to successfully quitting smoking. If you have not prepared an action plan to beat your addiction, then you are seriously reducing your chances of success. When you are experiencing withdrawal from nicotine, your thought process can become irrational at times, and you will find yourself justifying illogical decisions that are detrimental to your efforts to quit. If you are going to break your addiction, it is vital that you be ready for these types of obstacles, especially for the first few days after you’ve quit. This quit smoking checklist provides information regarding some important preparations for stopping smoking.

1. Decide which method to use

As you know there are a several different strategies available to help quit smoking. If you’ve made attempts to stop in that past with certain methods and failed, see if you can figure out what it was about those methods that didn’t work for you. You will find this to be useful in determining which strategies will work best for you. If this is the first time you have tried to give up smoking, take some time to research various strategies on this website and others and determine which strategy or combination of strategies you think will work the best for you.

2. Choose a quit date

It is very important that you choose a specific date to stop smoking. Make sure that you set the date far enough in advance that you have enough time to mentally prepare yourself. With any luck, you will find yourself thinking about all of the benefits that will come with stopping smoking that you will barely be able to wait for your quit date to arrive.

3. Tell your family and friends about your plan to stop smoking

The support of your family and friends can be an integral part of your success. Tell them what day you’ve chosen to quit, your reasons for doing so, and some of the benefits that you are looking forward to about becoming an ex-smoker. Your loved ones will be glad to hear about it and this will give you motivation to stay focused on the goals that you have set.

4. Throw away all of your cigarettes, lighters, ashtrays, etc.

Throw away all of your cigarettes and smoking related items (ashtrays, tobacco branded t-shirts etc) on the evening before your quit date. As we said earlier, when your experiencing nicotine withdrawal, your mind can make some pretty awful ideas seem logical. For instance, it’s incredible how all of a sudden it can seem like a good idea to buy a pack of cigarettes not to smoke, but instead to keep them unopened as some sort of “reminder”. This is almost definitely a terrible idea and in all reality, is nothing more than your mind justifying getting a pack of smokes that deep down, you know you will be puffing away at in no time. These are the types of scenarios that you must be ready for ahead of time. Having an action plan makes these types of situations much easier to handle.

5. Clean all of your clothes / clean out your vehicle and your house.

Your quit date is a great day. After all, you will be gaining numerous immediate benefits from stopping your addiction. One of the great things about being a non-smoker is that you will no longer be surrounded by the smell of filthy cigarette smoke. So be prepared for your new way of life by cleaning your home, vehicle, and all of your clothing. Eliminate the smell of smoke from all around you so that you can fully enjoy your day of “freedom” from cigarettes.

6.Be ready for the cravings

How severe the cravings are will probably be dependent on your mental attitude. It may also vary depending on what method you have selected to quit. Regardless, it is almost certain that you will experience cravings to some degree. Preparedness is the best way to avoid a situation where you give in and have a smoke.  Nicotine cravings usually come in episodes that are usually short and in most cases, don’t have to be all that difficult to deal with. One of the best strategies to handle these cravings is to take several long, slow, deep breaths. This may seem basic, but you might be surprised how much of an impact this can have on how you feel when you are dealing with nicotine withdrawal.

7. Have a positive mental attitude

As I said earlier, attitude can make all the difference when it comes to breaking free from nicotine addiction. For instance, you can look at quitting as though you are losing a wonderful pleasure. Or you can see it for what it actually is, eradicating yourself of a filthy addiction which will result in a happier, healthier, wealthier, and more relaxed lifestyle. Give plenty of thought to these things before you quit so that when these types of negative thoughts show up, you are ready to deal with them and maintain your positive attitude.

8. Take advantage of support groups

Support groups can be very advantageous to your overall success for quitting. This support can come from your loved ones or from a professional program. Either way, this will be helpful in keeping a positive state of mind as you break free from cigarettes. Support from other ex-smokers can be advantageous as well. The support of others who have already been through the process of quitting can make all the difference in the world.

My hope is that this quit smoking checklist will help to give you an idea of some of the things that you need to be ready for when you are planning to quit smoking. Keep in mind that while you should expect to succeed, if you do fail, don’t be hesitant to try again. Numerous ex-smokers had to make several attempts at quitting before finding the methods, timing, etc. to successfully break free from smoking cigarettes. With dedication, patients, and preparedness, you too can find success at becoming a non-smoker.

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