“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” Theodore Roosevelt
It’s often the case that we fail when trying to quit smoking; after all, many medical experts are unanimous in their opinion that nicotine is more addictive than heroin, widely considered the most addictive of all drugs.
However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t worthwhile trying to quit, and whether or not you wish to look upon a failed attempt to quit smoking philosophically, spiritually or in any other way imaginable, it’s difficult to deny that there aren’t lessons to be learned from each and every failed attempt to quit, i.e. where you went wrong and what you can do differently next time.
“No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again.” Buddha
That’s exactly right, no matter how hard your past efforts to quit have been you can always try again, and if you took note of where you went wrong on previous occasions and avoid the same mistakes and situations next time, you’ll be filled with a strong belief that next time will be different.
Why quit smoking?
There’s little reason to waffle on about the perils of smoking as we’re all intelligent enough to realise that what we’re doing, what we’re putting in our bodies and what we’re subjecting those around us to is wrong on every level.
A better way to look at the situation is to ask ourselves why we’re still smoking and how we can motivate ourselves to quit once and for all.
Think about why you still smoke and write down three reasons why you’re still a smoker. Got three? How about two? Not even one? Chances are you don’t have a single reason, or more correctly, a single decent reason, why you’re still smoking.
Here are a few tips for knocking the nasty habit on the head once and for all.
- Commit yourself – If you don’t commit yourself to quitting you’ll be a committed smoker forever. Perhaps the most common failing amongst smokers that fail in their attempts to quit is that they’re not committed to quitting.If you’re to be successful you must be committed, you must be motivated and you must know exactly why quitting isn’t the best option available, but your one and only option.Tell your family and friends of your intention to quit, if you’re worried about them being disappointed in you for taking up the habit again this could be the extra motivation you require.
- Make a plan and stick to it – There are a number of methods that ex-smokers have successfully followed to quit, though whatever method you use – like replacing cigarettes with an e-cig Australia kit for instance – you’ll need a plan to follow. This is widely considered essential unless you possess the willpower to quit cold turkey.If you’re cutting down make a date to quit once and for all. Cutting down, for example two less cigarettes a day per week until you’re down to one or two a day, is an excellent start, though you still need to make a plan that includes a set-in-stone quitting date.
- Replace smoking with a positive pastime – However you choose to go about quitting, perhaps using substitutes like nicotine gum, patches or e-cigs, take up a positive pastime to replace smoking.Exercise and yoga are excellent examples of positive pastimes that will soon see you forgetting all about cigarettes because they help to put you in tune with your body and the more in tune with your body you are, the less inclined to poison it you’ll be.