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.
I have been smoke-free for 8 years now. After 13 years as a chain 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."
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.
Learning To Take Care of Yourself
The real key for me was surrendering my life over to Christ who set me free from cigarettes. I started focusing on taking care of the body that God had given me and began to focus on loving myself. The reality for me was that if I really loved myself I would quit smoking with no question about it. I desired to break free of the things that were holding me back from living the healthy lifestyle that I desired. Quitting became a priority and smoking was no longer an option. When cravings came I reminded myself that if I truly loved myself I would quit smoking.
I Wrote Down Goals
The key to my success was the commitment to planning 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, a tip I got from the Colorado Quit Line.
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. I actually quit 4 days before my scheduled quit date.
How to Get the Support 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.
Help is Always Available
If you are thinking about letting go of cigarettes, remember that it’s possible with God. If you live in the United States and want additional help you can go to SmokeFree. Those living outside of the United States may be able to find a smoke-free hotline in their area. Most importantly believe that God can set you free, love yourself, and you can quit smoking with ease. The best of luck to you on your way to a smoke-free success.
You can also find the support that you need to quit smoking with groups like Celebrate Recovery.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2011 ChanellChilds
ChanellChilds (author) on January 08, 2015:
Thanks Michele. :)
Michele Vallee on November 19, 2014:
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....
ChanellChilds (author) on December 24, 2013:
That's right Danny, we did kick the habit! Thanks for sharing with those who need help getting free from the addiction.
Danny Fortes on December 21, 2013:
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.
ChanellChilds (author) on February 13, 2013:
You are very welcome Lady_E.
Elena from London, UK on March 31, 2012:
Very useful advice, that will help so many people.
ChanellChilds (author) on February 22, 2012:
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ChanellChilds (author) on December 23, 2011:
Thanks Lucy, when you're ready to quit you know where to come. Good luck to you, and Happy Holidays.
Bonny OBrien from Troy, N.Y. on December 23, 2011:
Great hub. I'm still trying to quit smoking, everytime I try something comes up.
ChanellChilds (author) on December 21, 2011:
Thanks so much, please feel free to share it with those that you love.
Bee on December 20, 2011:
Great article Chanell..very well written. I know it can be helpful for so many people
ChanellChilds (author) on December 19, 2011:
Thanks for being a fan suziecat7.
Gordon Hamilton from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on December 19, 2011:
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 :)
suziecat7 from Asheville, NC on December 19, 2011:
You're right - it's all in the thinking. Great first Hub and I'm a fan.