Tips and advice for your final day of smoking and your first day of not smoking.
The day before
The big day in question has almost arrived. Tomorrow you are going to stop smoking for good. By this time you should have everything in place that you need to help you give up smoking and you should also be mentally prepared and ready to do so. This is really important, as if you are having doubts or do not really want to give up, you are probably likely to fail in your attempt.
The day before you stop smoking would be a good time to re-read your reasons
for giving up, preferably several times throughout the day and to start to think about yourself being a non-smoker in 24 hours time.
If you need some extra motivation, collect all your old cigarette butts and fill a jar with them. Keep them where you can see them to remind you of how dirty and smelly smoking is and what smoking can do to your body and your health.
If you can, try to smoke less today and only smoke the cigarettes that you really want to smoke. On the other hand, you could chain smoke, which should put you off smoking for good.
After smoking your final cigarette, immediately get rid of all lighters, matches, cigarettes and anything to do with your smoking habit.
Start to think of yourself as a non-smoker. Take a few deep breaths and relax. Tomorrow will be a good day and you will be a healthier person.
The big day
Today you are not going to smoke. All day.
If you decided to use a nicotine replacement therapy product, start taking it in the morning. Some products take a few hours for the nicotine to get into the bloodstream and reach the brain, so you need to start using the product shortly after waking, especially if you were used to smoking early in the morning.
If you are quitting "cold turkey", get up and immediately keep yourself busy, so that you do not have a spare moment to think about having a cigarette. Maybe you could set your alarm clock half an hour later so that you are rushing around in the morning and do not have time to smoke. Likewise, you could get up an hour earlier and start the day as you mean to carry on, by going for a healthy jog or walk around the block.
If you need to, change your routine to avoid situations in which you would normally smoke.
Today might not be as difficult as you first expected. Make sure that you have support if you need it and plenty of alternatives to smoking at hand.
Keep busy and keep active and try to drink as much fluid as possible to help flush the nicotine out of your body.
Make sure that you have every second accounted for and you will see how the day passes quickly and you have not smoked.
It is important to take one day at a time. Celebrate each day that you do not smoke and remember that each day is a personal victory and another smoke-free day. Mark off each day on your calendar and add cigarette money to your cash-treat jar.
Do not accept any cigarettes from anyone and do not think that you can only have "just one" cigarette and then not smoke afterwards. All it takes is just one cigarette to get back into the habit.
Nonetheless, if you do relapse, it is not the end of the world; you can still give up. However, it's probably better not to go down that road. Imagine how disappointed you would feel if you did go back to smoking and gave in so easily to temptation.
Finally, each day will get easier. You will begin to feel and see the benefits that not smoking has on your health almost immediately and withdrawal symptoms
should only last for a few weeks.
If you succeed, you will soon be able to enjoy a healthier more fulfilling lifestyle that does not revolve around smoking. Now is the time to break free. Start planning today.