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If you Quit Smoking Now

Updated on November 18, 2014
Love yourself and quitting will become easy.
Love yourself and quitting will become easy. | Source

Find out What Holds you Back

Do you dread the thought of quitting smoking? How many times a year do you try to quit? Do you smoke because you are afraid to escape the pain of what it takes to let go? If you are like me you do it because you need help quitting. There are many solutions; however you may not have found the help that's right for you. My hope is that you can do what I did and quit smoking with ease.

Trust and know that you can do it.
Trust and know that you can do it. | Source

The Key to Planning

I have been smoke free for three years now. After thirteen years as a smoker I finally made the decision to quit. For many years I smoked because I was afraid to let it go. Every time I tried I would go into a minor depression barely able to get out of bed in the morning. It sounds funny but it's true. My mind told me that it was too difficult for me. Therefore, I would sabotage my success by saying, "I will get fat, it's too hard, or I can't do it." The key was to set my intentions and follow through.

Each year I thought, "I am really going to do it this time," but never made the commitment. I would come up with every excuse to avoid suffering. The thought of it became a burden, and it seemed more comfortable to continue life as a smoker. Learn how I overcame my fear with ease, and the actions that I took to make it a reality.

Building a New You

The practice of self love was the solution to my thirteen year problem. I desired to break free of the things that were holding me back from living the healthy lifestyle that I deserved. Quitting became a priority and smoking was no longer an option. When cravings came I reminded myself of the love that existed within.

The key to my success was the commitment to plan in advance. I set a quit date one month prior to prepare my mind. Then I wrote down all of the good habits that I was going to adopt to replace cigarettes (Robbins, Anthony Awaken the Giant Within). By looking at my goals everyday I held myself accountable, and got the desired results in return. I also became familiar with the person that I needed to be if I was going to live the healthy lifestyle that I deserved. This sounds simple, but reminders can be the seed of great results.

New Thinking Can Change Your Life

My breakthrough finally came when I changed the way that I thought about quitting. I switched my thoughts from dreadful to fun and easy. I told myself that I quit smoking months before I actually did. When doubt came in I would say, “It's easy to quit smoking." If the fear of weight gain ran through my mind I would tell myself, "I eat healthy, and workout daily." By changing the way that I thought about it my actions began to align with my thoughts.

In addition, I emotionally felt what it would feel like to be smoke free, enthusiasm pays. I also saw myself as a nonsmoker before my quit. Visualization techniques caused me to execute the best decision of my life. I began to take the necessary steps to make it happen. A change in my mindset allowed me to quit four days prior to my set date.

How to Get the Support that you need

I contacted the free quit smoking hotline in the United States. They provided free nicotine gum, and expert counseling. The hotline encouraged me to use cinnamon gum as well. I embraced this because I wanted to let go of the nicotine. They also recommended that I inform the family and friends that would support my quit, and avoid smokers until I became confident to beat the urge. As a result, I had the support to follow through with my plan.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) was another valuable resource. This is a technique used to clear painful memories. EFT gave me the power to believe in myself, and I knew that I could do it. By making it apart of my daily routine slowly but surely my resistance began to fade away. This freed me from the trauma of my previous attempts to quit, and had a profound effect on my success. EFT can be found online for free in many cases, and used to overcome any challenge in life.

Help is Always Here

If you are thinking about letting go of cigarettes remember that you can do it. When doubt comes in tell yourself that you quit smoking with ease, and keep saying it until it becomes a reality. If you live in the United States and want additional help you can go to www.smokefree.gov. Those living outside of the United States may be able to find a smoke free hotline in their area. Most importantly believe in yourself, love yourself, and your quit will become a breeze. The best of luck to you on your way to a smoke free success.

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      ChanellChilds 2 years ago

      Thanks Michele. :)

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      Michele Vallee 2 years ago

      I'm not a smoker but I commend your ability to overcome this lethal habit. My son smokes and it's an awful thing to witness....

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      ChanellChilds 3 years ago

      That's right Danny, we did kick the habit! Thanks for sharing with those who need help getting free from the addiction.

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      Danny Fortes 3 years ago

      Wow I can relate. It took me at least 3 tries and some of the mind games (EFT) to help me through. I did pick up other habits in the process, gum is good (wish I knew about cinnamon gum), but I took up straws LOL! Either way we kicked the habit and that's all that counts.

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      ChanellChilds 4 years ago

      You are very welcome Lady_E.

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      Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

      Very useful advice, that will help so many people.

      Thanks.

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      ChanellChilds 5 years ago

      Thanks Alex.

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      Alex 5 years ago

      nice work!

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      ChanellChilds 5 years ago

      Thanks Lucy, when you're ready to quit you know where to come. Good luck to you, and Happy Holidays.

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      Bonny OBrien 5 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      Great hub. I'm still trying to quit smoking, everytime I try something comes up.

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      ChanellChilds 5 years ago

      Hi Bee,

      Thanks so much, please feel free to share it with those that you love.

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      ChanellChilds 5 years ago

      Hi Hollie,

      Congratulations on your sixth week without a cigarette. You should be proud of yourself. I tried smoking the e-cigarette, and let it go after a few days. Thanks for the beautiful comment. Cheers to your success.

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      Hollie Thomas 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Chanell,

      I am now in my sixth week without a cigarette, and I was a 30 a day woman for more than 20 years. I am not nicotene free, however. I've been smoking an e-cigarette. It's costing me ten pounds a week, which is a quarter of what I was spending before. I don't smell of smoke, I'm saving money and, more importantly, I'm not inhaling rat poison. If I can leave the ciggies behind by using and e-cigarette, then anyone can. Great hub!

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      Bee 5 years ago

      Great article Chanell..very well written. I know it can be helpful for so many people

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      ChanellChilds 5 years ago

      Hi Gordon,

      Thank you, this Hub will always be here for you. It's funny how much pleasure we find in smoking. I used to love it, and it still crosses my mind at times. Best of luck to you.

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      ChanellChilds 5 years ago

      Thanks for being a fan suziecat7.

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      Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Great Hub. Well written and constructed and full of great advice. Unfortunately, I've been smoking since I was eleven (more than thirty years ago now) and I genuinely rate it as one of life's greatest pleasures, despite the knowledge what it is doing to my body. I would love to be smoke free but I honestly don't believe I could ever be happy without my cigarettes. If I change my mind, I'll be sure to follow your tips :)

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      suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      You're right - it's all in the thinking. Great first Hub and I'm a fan.