If you are a smoker and you want to quit then you have to remember that when you want to quit smoking successfully, there is a simple yet powerful process that takes you through three primary stages in order to be successful.
Those three stages need to be engaged and managed completely differently if you want to quit smoking but have failed many times in the past.
The truth is that it does not take too much effort to finally quit smoking. However, it is true that there is a certain amount of work involved in order to succeed. This proven strategy includes immediately changing certain environments the moment the smoking triggers kick in.
As I mentioned earlier, successfully quitting smoking involves working with three stages.
Pre-Quit: The Cue
The first stage is the “pre-quit” stage. This stage is the preparation stage where the smoker prepares for a much needed and understood “shift” mentally and physically from being a smoker to a person who is going through a detoxification process for a non-specific amount of time, which could be anything from a few days to up to 12 weeks.
The first rule of fixing a problem … Taking responsibility.
The smoker must realize then wholeheartedly accept that he or she is definitely a addict to nicotine which should happen once they try to go through a prolonged period of time without the supply of nicotine in their body. The smoker must know and understand that they have become dependent on nicotine consciously. Like this, the detoxification process also known as the withdrawals can be anticipated and prepared for without too much hesitation.
Every smoker who quits smoking that has been smoking for a while will almost feel different during the first few days of quitting smoking.
The smoker may experience emotions and feelings such as emptiness agitation and even nervousness. Some smokers may even experience headaches too. Of course while smoking the Smoker does not go through these events because the addiction is constantly being maintained with regular doses of nicotine.
It is essential however to experience all of the above and more in order to know that your body is finally repairing itself and if the smoker can pass through this stage with a new implemented and repeatedly managed strategy that is mentioned below then the smoker will succeed in finally quitting smoking!
Also in the pre-quit stage it is highly recommended that the smoker educates him or herself by reading as much information on the reasons why they have actually become addicted to nicotine.
Learning as much about nicotine addiction is a very important factor to understanding why smokers who have tried to quit in the past have failed countless times.
The reality is that certain habits have been tattooed into the brain of the smoker so there new habits must be inserted repeatedly to replace the old habits that the smoker wants to or in most cases must change.
Currently the addicted smoker is locked inside a process called a “habit loop” and this habit loop consists of three parts. The first part is the queue the second part is the routine or activity and the third part is the reward.
The cues are endless but commonly they could be the diminishing levels of nicotine in the body or seeing a box of cigarettes on the table, a stressful situation or maybe the smoker is outside in a social gathering with other smokers. Generally these are the usual cues that the smoker is accredited to and triggers the brain to make the smoker want another cigarette.
The Second Stage: The Routine
So naturally the second part kicks in which is the routine of lighting up a cigarette. Short and sweet but there is nothing else to add in this particular loop of the smoker.
The Third Stage: The Reward
From this we get the third and final part of the loop known as the reward! The reward is a false feel-good factor that somehow through smoking the cigarette smoker has gone back to feeling better but the only thing that has happened is that more nicotine has been supplied to the blood making the addict feel normal again.
This basically is the “Habit Loop”. As the smoker repeats this is over and over again from the first day of smoking up until complete dependency on nicotine the brain, which is a very stubborn organ will try its best to stop the smoker creating a new loop as much as possible. The cigarettes are designed and laced with enough chemicals and poisons to attack, then dominate brain receptors super fast in order to get the smoker “hooked”. Like a silent assassin!
However if the smoker is consistent and relentless in tricking the brain with a new routine and a specific planned reward once the cue to smoke surfaces, then the smoker will finally quit smoking. This was my case and I know the case of hundreds of folk I have helped to quit smoking too.
The smoker must replace the old routine of lighting up once the cue to smoke happens and give him or herself new special rewards after completing a new routine that prolong health, vitality and happiness. This must be done on a regular basis throughout the day initially for the first few weeks so that the brain can be reprogrammed and the new loop subsequently benefits the person and not impede them instead
And the truth being that all smokers who pass a significant period of time without nicotine will realize how incredibly better life is without cigarettes.
Once you are free from nicotine addiction you may start living the future that you deserve without your life being controlled by a tobacco company.
Change your loop, change your life.