Quitting smoking is a major life decision and if you want to be happy and successful you should plan for challenges when you quit. Statistics show that the people who go back to smoking do it within three months of quitting. WHY? Because they can’t handle the challenges of life without smoking. These are the psychological effects of smoking that can linger for months and even years if they aren’t properly addressed.
The types of challenges you plan for all depend on what makes you want to smoke. If you smoke while talking on the phone you need to come up with an alternative activity while talking. Instead of smoking while you drive chew on some sunflower seeds. If you feel anxious, depressed, or nervous practice some breathing techniques or take a walk. There are many things you can do to prepare yourself.
Know what your challenges are by knowing what makes you want to smoke. What you don’t want to do is think that smoking will make things better, because they won’t and then you will have the stress of smoking on top of whatever reason you started smoking again plus the guilt of smoking. You will be back to square one with having to quit all over again.
One of the best ways to get through challenges is with a support system. Talk to friends and family, you will find by just talking about what is bothering you will help tremendously. Remember, smoking offers NO value whatsoever even if the voices in your head tell you different.