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Mind Games to Help You Overcome the Psychological Addiction to Smoking

        Health | Smoking Cessation

Mind Games to Help You Overcome the Psychological Addiction to Smoking (<i>cont'd</i>)

"I found a huge list of what to expect physically and emotionally and what the milestones were."

"The first three days caused some pretty crazy side affects. I had never tried to quit before so I really had no idea about what to expect. I decided I needed to find out what the "typical" side affects were because I was starting to get scared... what if my chest pains really didn't have anything to do with quitting?! So I turned to the web. I found a huge list of what physically/emotionally to expect and what the milestones were. If I made it through the first three days I would be over the physical addiction. After the first three weeks, I would be through the biggest hurdle in the psychological part of the addiction.

"Knowing this information gave me hope that it got better and something to feel proud of when I made it to the next step. I also knew that if I ever started again I would have to go through those first the days of torture again, and if that wasn't incentive I don't know what was."—Lynne F.

"Don't buy any cigarettes yourself, but you still can smoke by borrowing..."

"My experience for quitting smoking is, 'don't buy any cigarettes yourself, but you still can smoke by borrowing from your friends or other people. In a period of time you will find you are too embarrassed to borrow more cigarettes from others, so you can stop smoking."—Jason

"Only smoke standing up."

"One of the tings that really helped me was deciding to only smoke standing up. This ruined a lot of smoking pleasure because I then could not smoke and drive, could not smoke and have a cup of coffee sitting down."—Mariel K.

"I told myself I only needed to do it today."

"I decided to try Nicorette gum and told myself I only needed to do it today. I will try it and if it doesn't work, ok, I will smoke again. That was over 4 years ago. I still tell myself I will only quit for today and allow myself the possibility that I can have a cigarette tomorrow if I want. I just haven't wanted to."—P.R.

" You can create a firm and solid belief about your ability to become a nonsmoker."

"The most important thing about being a nonsmoker is your belief about your commitment. If you are hoping this will work, or if you are going to try to stop smoking, or if you are not sure you can do this, then you will probably fail.

"However, you can create a firm and solid belief about your ability to become a nonsmoker. It is all in the way you talk to yourself and the programming you do to own mind every minute of the day. When you are going to sleep at night, do you say to yourself, 'I don't think I can do this, how will I ever get through one day of no cigarettes tomorrow?' Your mind will dwell on this as you sleep and expand on that feeling and belief. The next day will be a struggle.

"If, when you are going to sleep tonight you say to yourself, 'Tomorrow when I wake up I will feel great and I will feel even better as the day progresses. Every time I take a deep breath I feel relief and strength — knowing that I have what it takes to be a permanent nonsmoker. This is easy for me,' you might just wake up in the morning feeling good and strong because your subconscious mind expanded these thoughts and beliefs in your body."— F.


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