The will to stop smoking is one that's had continual psychological analysis, frequently with many smokers losing the battle. It's not to say there aren't many people successful at stopping smoking, though usually being motivated from something deep inside them.
There isn't any doubt the cigarette industry managed to addict millions of people around the globe, and it's harmed the health of just as many. For those who've never smoked, just the thought of this might incite someone to never smoke. In those who've smoked for years, the drive to stop smoking has to come from somewhere else since the habit can pull someone in different directions.
You're maybe one of those, though finally placed stopping smoking as one of your top priorities for 2017. Do you think you're really ready? Perhaps you think you are, but you need to look at various psychological and outside factors to truly know if the effort is just another runaround.
Here's a checklist that proves you're ready to stop smoking and stay stopped forever.
Have you experienced any of the 10 signs mentioned in the checklist?
If so, you may truly be ready to give up on smoking for good. Here's some more signs that show readiness:
1. Finding At Least Several Good Reasons to Quit
Sometimes it takes extremely personal reasons to finally stop smoking. You'll even find some who have to get scared to quit, as in a health scare in them or someone else.
Find at least several good reasons to truly motivate you to quit. Did you find out recently you've affected the health of someone close to you as a result of your second-hand smoke? Maybe you've discovered you have lung problems as a result of smoking for so many years.
Another reason is perhaps financial after realising how much money you've wasted buying cigarettes and instead could have placed in a retirement fund.
2. Figuring the Pros of Quitting Over Smoking
Sometimes just sitting down and making a list of the pros and cons of quitting can get you more motivated to stop smoking. It's easy to find yourself in a situation where you convince yourself you simply love smoking too much and find excuses to delay any progress.
When you see it in writing whether quitting has more pros than cons, you'll finally put your life in better perspective. This becomes all the more powerful when you have loved ones around you rooting you on for your own health.
3. You Have Experience Quitting Before
Having a history of quitting smoking can help create a pathway toward finding better methods this time. Knowledge of what motivates you and what doesn't in the past brings more motivation to avoid the same old pitfalls.
Any particular trigger you had before that made you go back to smoking can now get better scoped out so you're better sure what to avoid. You'll know the places to avoid, any objects to hide, and any media bringing this trigger.
Most of all, you'll understand how to avoid stress, which can easily set you off into smoking again. Despite stress being impossible to avoid completely, at least you can make deliberate attempts to limit it as much as possible.
4. Gaining Stronger Support From Family and Friends
After several failed attempts at quitting smoking, your family and friends might have given up on giving you any more support. You need to reinforce their commitment to help you through before you can become completely ready to stop your smoking habit.
Without them, there isn't any way you'll be able to avoid the usual triggers. By getting into a frame of mind through the above steps, they'll know you're finally serious about it. When you both get serious, the chances of success are all the greater.