“What are some mental tricks that can help motivate me to quit smoking?”
We all know that smoking is bad for you. This should not be a surprise to anyone. But many have failed to quit smoking, finding that it is “just too hard to quit.” People give up trying to quit and slip back into the comfortable routine of smoking. They feel some level of shame and wish that things were different, knowing deep down that they should somehow try to quit smoking again. Under these circumstances, how can someone cultivate the motivation to quit smoking?
1. First, realize the mortality rates involved and how quitting affects them. A very large and thorough 50 year study involving over ten thousand smokers revealed that it’s never too late to quit. The study demonstrated that people who smoke until they die typically lived about 15 to 20 years less than their non-smoking counterparts. Quitting by age 50 cuts that time in half! And quitting by age 40 knocks it down about 75 percent. Quitting before age 30 showed the same mortality rates as non-smokers. Those are very encouraging statistics! Even if you are a senior citizen, quitting smoking will add several years to your life. Quitting at a younger age adds even more longevity and benefits.
2. Next, realize the immediate physical benefits of quitting: food will start tasting better almost immediately as your taste buds grow back. Your oxygen levels will skyrocket and you’ll have significantly more energy throughout the day. Your circulation will improve and your smokers cough will disappear….no more hacking. Almost all of these benefits start happening immediately upon quitting, and your body will continue to repair itself further during your first few months of non-smoking.
3. Visualize the freedom you’ll gain by quitting smoking. The key word here is freedom. Realize that a pack a day smoker spends over a full month out of each year puffing on cigarettes. A full month of smoking each year! So not only are you killing yourself slowly, you’re also wasting a great deal of time….time that could be spent doing other things, like enjoying your life. Don’t fall into the trap here of thinking that you actually enjoy smoking–you don’t. What you “enjoy” is the relief you get when you light another cigarette in order to avoid the onset of nicotine withdrawal. It’s all just one nicotine feeding after another so that you don’t feel the discomfort of withdrawal. Stop living like a zombie, go through the withdrawal once and for all, and start living a life of freedom. Not only will you have more energy and live longer as a result, but you’ll also have about an extra month out of each year that you used to spend sucking down cancer sticks.