I have been working on this recipe for 764 days. You would think by now it is perfect but I truly beg to differ. From my experience quit smoking recipes require occasional tweaking in order to remain forever quit.
Disclaimer: Please be aware there are other recipes but this is one that has worked for me. It is general to avoid a lengthy blog some obvious steps may not be included. Please note that some ingredients are main and others optional.
My recipe is divided into parts: I call them the P’s and not “peas”. Planning, Preparing, Practicing, Perseverance, and Protection.
Planning- Main ingredient Join a support group Set a date, follow the site guidelines Create your own quit kit (sample below) NRT’s Meds etc. (optional)
Preparing- Main ingredient
Education is the key to a successful quit.
Learn about nicotine addiction.
Suggested reading material is VERY important for preparation.
Read Allen Carr’s book, “Easy Way to Quit Smoking”.
Practice- Main ingredient
Practice reprogramming your mind that you do not have to smoke.
Unwash the brain washing. That you have not loss a thing. Relearn your thinking about smoking.
Self-Talk, can take you very far in making a forever quit. Tell yourself that
“You don’t do that anymore”.
Every time the thought of smoking comes say to yourself “I am non-smoker” and
Start “believing it!”
Develop your own mantras
Change the lies your addictive brain has been taught.
Stay close to the site as much as possible.
Bookend your days here.
Perseverance- Main ingredient
Willingness to do whatever it takes not to smoke. No Matter What! When! Where! Who! or How difficult it may be. NOPE (Not One Puff Ever) Neither Life, Death, Divorce, Sickness, Hunger, Lonely, Tired, Angry Weight gain
Add: Ingredients that can only come from you.
Commitment, Determination, a Made up Mind. Believe with all your Heart, Mind, Body, Soul and Might that YES you can do this because this is your recipe for a forever quit.
Protecting- Main Ingredient.
Now this is where the real work begins, protecting. Do not become complacent and not guard your quit. Take all the tools and skills you have learned and keep them on the forefront to “use” whenever necessary. Have a network of friends that you can talk to about smoking. Even though it is a choice, for me, I never allow smoking to be an option. SINAO smoking is not an option. Do something else. Choose freedom. Come here, blog ask for help BEFORE you smoke. Hang tough, Stay close, be mindful of what is going on around you and with you. Don’t ever give up and never give in.
Example of quit kit
A list of why you quit
Book to read
Cinnamon toothpicks you can find these on amazon.com
Emails of people that are supportive
Hobby have a hobby to keep you distracted
Lemon bit into it (I think this one is from Dale what he tells people to do)
Links to a funny video to get you into a good mood
Other web sites you can find your friends at for support
Phone numbers of someone supportive
Vicks vapor rub put a little bit under your nose during craves
Water bottle to keep with you all times