How to Develop a Mindset to Help You Quit Smoking

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As of Dec. 20, 2019, the new legal age limit is 21 years old for purchasing cigarettes, cigars, or any other tobacco products in the U.S.

For some people, there is that magical click when everything falls into place before quitting or just after, but for most of us, reshaping our attitude into a winning mindset comes gradually, one day at a time.

Practice Makes Perfect

Make up your mind to settle in and apply yourself to the task of breaking the links in the chains that bind you to nicotine addiction, one at a time, however long that might take.

Feed your quit program with daily doses of education and support, making a point to end every day on a note of gratitude.

Incorporating these things into your life until they become a natural part of your daily routine took work, but are stepping stones to the mindset you're trying to develop—one that will permanently take you away from smoking.

Knowledge Is Power

Education is a powerful tool that can help us change how we think about smoking. Start reading everything you can find about nicotine addiction, withdrawal, and the recovery process. When you know what to expect and have a plan in place to manage the bumps in the road, those bumps are less likely to trip you up. Education takes you out of the role of being a helpless victim of addiction and puts you in the driver’s seat with your quit program.

Changing Your Relationship to Smoking

Facing nicotine addiction head-on has another significant benefit. By looking closely at the scope of the damage and death smoking causes, we begin to think differently about our buddy, the cigarette, and we start to change our relationship with smoking. How can something that kills so many so ruthlessly be a friend? Education will help you take the blinders off, and that is a very good thing.

The Power of Now

Our power to affect change in our lives always lies in the present. What we do today has great influence over our tomorrows—an important thing to remember in this process. Keep your eye on the prize and stay firmly planted in the day you have in front of you only.

Recovery from nicotine addiction is a process, not an event. It takes education, support, and patience.

Anything Worth Having Is Worth Working For

Yes, quitting tobacco is hard work at times, especially early on, but dig your feet in and take it on.

Remind yourself daily about why you want to quit smoking, and picture yourself as a contented nonsmoker, free of the need to light up every hour on the hour.

It’s not a far-fetched concept—it’s doable, and you have the ability to make it happen, right now. Believe it and believe in yourself.

The rewards far outweigh the work it takes to achieve freedom from nicotine addiction.

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