I quite once before, and got a few good pointers.....
You need something to distract yourself. I know someone who quit by eating sunflower seeds, because peeling each one kept you busy, and you can carry
them around. No popping them in your mouth because that is cheating.
I used a yo yo. I never used one, so practising kept me busy. I kept it in my pocket and whereever I went, when I had the urge to smoke, I would bust
it out, even standing in line. Some people even end up teaching you tricks.
Also give yourself a tracker, to look foward to and keep track of your progress.
I used a calendar and each day I didn't smoke I put a big red X on it. People who came over asked me about it, and I would tell them. People started
taking interest and counting them. It was like a group effort. Then they would look forward to checking on my progress.
You begin to look foward to putting that X there.And the gaps don't look good, so when you have the urge, you can think about how you want to put
your X down for the day. A simple but powerful tool.
Make note of when you smoke and prepare for the habit. If you always smoked in the car on the way to work, those are gonna be really tough times. And
realize that is why the craving comes back suddenly. You will realize what a habit it was. For example, when I was on the phone I would go sit outside
and smoke. I noticed that even after I quit, I would get on the phone and head straight towards teh door. And because of that, a tremendous craving
would come on.
So NOTICE your triggers, and make sure you have amunition to keep you busy. And when you do notice them, it makes it easier to realize them for what
Avoid drinking till you are in a secure place where you are sure you won't smoke.
don't be afraid to ask other smokers to not smoke around you, or to walk away.
Give yourself a present you can work for in the end. I know people who took the money that the didn't pay for cigarrettes and put it in ajar and
saved enough to go on vacation!
Or get a new outfit or toy with it. You deserve it.
Last but not least, let people know in case you bug out on them. that it isn't personal.
[edit on 4-4-2009 by nixie_nox]