My Personal Tips To Quit Chewing
Moving The Mountaion
Quitting tobacco. Those who have never done don't understand at all. They speak as if it's an overinflated joke that anyone can just do, and any of one that hasn't simply doesn't want too. Any of us that have tried know just how difficult it can be. We might as well be trying to move a mountain. There is nothing easy about it. Even when we do manage to make it through the nightmare it is inevitable that at some point we will find that old enemy staring us in the face. A slippery slope that seems to trick you back down the path.
It's never easy, but that does it mean it's worth giving up. I've struggled with trying to quit chewing off and on for several years now. I can't say that it ever gets easier, but I can say that I've learned a lot of trips that always helped me when I tried to quit. I'm not claiming to be an expert by any means, but every time before I tried to quit I would cruise around online looking for other people's stories, tips, or anything that I thought could help me on my journey. There is a lot of inspiring, informative, and helpful information out there on the subject of quitting chewing and quitting tobacco in general. I've decided to return the favor by writing this article to share the things I've learned that worked for me. These are my personal tips to get through the first few days of quitting cold turkey.
This is one of the biggest things for me. Schedule when you are going to quit. Personally spur of the moment decisions to quit won't last a day for me. For me to be successful I have to plan the whole thing out. Its a lot easier for me to stick with it if I've had time to plan and mentally prepare for the challenge.
Scheduling is also important for me because there is no way that I can quit at work. I also can't quit when I know there are going to be a lot of people around. I try to pick a time when I know that I will pretty much have the house to myself primarily. I like to do it during the week. The less distractions the better. Distractions are one of the quickest ways for me to get off course. During this time frame I know that I will be stressed, agitated, and very temperamental. If I can be alone and stick to my plan I'm much less prone to angry outbursts. Most people probably won't want to be around you anyway.
I mentioned this in the scheduling section, but I felt it deserved it's own section. Without the right mental preparedness it's over before I ever get started. I've noticed this trend in others too, but many people... men and women alike... are too stubborn to admit that they need to take the time to prepare themselves for the trials ahead. Whether we realize it or not almost everything that we do successfully we mentally prepare for. Anyone who has attempted to quit tobacco before knows how hard this challenge is going to be, and preparing yourself for it can make it way easier. At least for me this has always been true.
As I mentioned at the start of the article I always read anything I can. The reading inspires me and pumps me up to go through with quitting. It is also helpful to have as much information as possible. For instance... Do you know how long it takes for your body to go through the worst of your nicotine withdrawals? This is definitely some helpful information to have before you start planning to quit cold turkey.
OK, so you've scheduled the time when you are going to quit. You've made sure that you aren't going to have any distractions. You've studied and prepared yourself mentally. How long is your mental preparedness going to last when you run out of food half way through your withdrawals and you have to drive to the grocery store where they sell tobacco. Don't forget the migraine you are likely to have and the fact you are probably going to be ready to snap.
It's important for me to gather all of the supplies I think I'm going to need before I start. Once I begin my withdrawal symptoms I don't want to have to leave the house for anything. I don't need the extra stress bearing down on my will power. I like to have everything ready so that I can completely relax and try to enjoy myself while my internal battle is being waged.
For me it's also important to have a good list of activities to do while I'm quitting. I don't mean a list of chores. I mean a list of activities that I enjoy doing and/or will help me to get through the process. Personally my list would usually include video games, movies, books, hubpages, and working out. Some times I need an activity that requires my entire attention like a video game and other times I just need something to stare at miserably.
Regardless of what activities you choose for yourself, I believe having an idea of what things you want to do will help keep your mind off the stress at hand.
Gum, candy, and beef jerky
Many people claim that they just need something to chew or suck on more than anything. This can be very helpful. Personally, I prefer Tic Tacs and beff jerky. Candy, gum, and fruit all work pretty well for me too. Before I try to quit I will usually go to the store and load up on various gums, candies, mints, and beef jerky.
Sometimes it can just be helpful to have some support from your friends and family. Other times you might not want anyone around. There are also numerous support websites you can find out there with communities of people willing to offer support. Believe it or not I've actually seen websites with forums dedicated to letting people quitting tobacco blow steam. I never actually used it myself, but I was surprised by the number of interactive sites intended to support tobacco quitters.
These are things I do to help myself get through the horrid first few days of quitting tobacco. I realize they might work for everyone, but they have helped me. The most important thing for me I've found is to not beat myself up when I fail, but to get back up and try again with a well though out game plan.
If anyone has any other tips, information, or anything that they want to add feel free to add it to the comment section at the bottom.
If you are reading this and are planning on quitting tobacco I wish you the best of luck!