3 Elements you need When Learning How to Quit Smoking
There’s no one type of person susceptible to becoming a smoker, yet quitting, generally, becomes the common goal for those that do. Showing interest in quitting is the first step in the task of quitting smoking, which for many will be one of the most difficult tasks of their lives. With that being said, quitting smoking doesn’t have to be such a tall order, and is assuredly possible for anyone with the right effort.
Let’s discuss this more by examining 3 main elements needed when learning how to quit smoking.
#1. The Right Perspective
The subjective psychology of why the smoker smokes is sometimes very complex, involving many variables and factors. We learn more about this from Tobacco in Australia, where “A comprehensive online resource” outlines topics such as:
- Theories about smoking and quitting
- Behavioural theories
- Social cognitive theory
- Religious views on smoking
- and more…
Basically, when it comes down to it: smoking is very addictive and hard to quit. This is why, even with all the known negative health affects associated with the habit, 13.3% of adults in Australia still smoke, according to the 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey Report.
Smokers shouldn’t be discouraged though, because quitting smoking is very possible and probable for those with the right attitude. The right attitude is, simply, believing that it’s possible to quit and being committed to this goal.
The right attitude also always remembers the reasons for quitting, and is able to distinguish the reality of smoking with the illusion of smoking. The reality and illusion are two different things, which is why the smoker wants to quit in the first place. The reality is smoking: makes people sick, costs a lot of money, increases the risk of cancer, induces headaches, drastically reduces endurance, etc.
#2. Healthy Substitute
Smoking is addictive both mentally and physically; the mental addiction is, many times, the most difficult to overcome. Smoking is so easy to do, and quickly becomes an ingrained habit in the smoker’s life; when it’s suddenly gone, there appears these blank spaces of time in daily routines, especially: after eating, drinking coffee, consuming alcohol, when stressed out, when bored, etc.
Substituting the smoking habit with a healthy alternative is an effective method to cope with these blank spaces, which emerge after the time-consuming habit is gone. This could involve food, quit smoking programs, recreational activities, chewing gum, exercise, tooth pics, hobbies, etc. Each person will develop their own healthy substitute, yet this an effective element in quitting smoking for everyone.
#3. Supportive and Educational Environment
Learning how to quit smoking is a life changing experience, and for many it’s the biggest challenge they’ve overcome in their lives. The process of quitting needs to involve a supportive and educational environment, which gives people the strength and knowledge to resist temptations and sustain victory.
Hanging around people who smoke or aren’t supportive makes the process nearly impossible, yet with: encouragement, understanding, and educational resources to discern reality from illusion – smokers have a great chance to overcome this unhealthy and costly habit once and for all.