I just read a funny article titled “5 Life Lessons You Only Learn Through Quitting Smoking” at cracked.com (I have a Google alert set up for the phrase “quitting smoking” and this article was in that alert yesterday. And no, this wasn’t the first time I’d read article at cracked.com ;)), and I thought I’d do a mini-review and recommendation here.
Have you been quit for a while — maybe even a few months — and you still get strong craves on occasion? Do you wonder if maybe there’s something wrong with you, that you’re still having such strong cravings this long after you quit? Do you ever question if maybe you’re just not strong enough?
Have you thought about joining a 12-Step group, like NA (Nicotine Anonymous)? Do you think something like that might help you quit and stay quit long-term? It’s possible that it might, but if you do your research, you’ll find that programs like NA (and the original 12-Step program, Alcoholics Anonymous) post about a 5% success rate over time (other people will interpret the numbers differently; I encourage you to do your own research and draw your own conclusions).
When you’re getting ready to quit smoking, the way you look at the process will have a huge impact on your chances for success. Don’t look at quitting like you’re giving something up, look at it like you’re gaining a long list of benefits. Because you will be.
When you’re quitting smoking, it’s important to avoid unnecessary stress as much as you can. Here are 52 proven stress relievers (this is my version of a list that I’ve seen on several different websites, so if some of them look familiar to you, that’s probably why):