Alright, as a Survivalist you probably don’t need me to tell you that your health is paramount to your mission. There are more than 45 million smokers in the United States today and I’m going to try to help you become one less statistic….
Kicking the habit can seem like an impossible task, almost like climbing Mount Everest in nothing but swimming gear. But today I am going to give you some tips on how you can overcome this expensive and self-destructive habit.
I was a pack-a-day smoker for years like many of you reading this right now, but by the grace of God I was able to give up cigarettes for good. Your journey will be difficult, make no mistake about it. But you can do it if you commit to it 100%.
The first step to quitting like many other habits is to admit you have a problem and then to decide that you no longer want to do what you are doing anymore. The next step is to identify what your smoking triggers are.
Alot of the triggers for lighting up include stress from the work place and home, just being bored or even something as subtle as finishing a meal. Do you know what your smoking triggers are? Of course you do.
Once you identify these triggers it is important to then begin consciously acknowledging that you are about to smoke at these times and for this specific reason.
If you are working a regular job like most Americans do, then this is the best time to start your journey to better health. It is also best to begin at sometime during the beginning of the week between a Monday and a Wednesday.
As you wake up on the morning that you have decided will be your “quit day”, smoke your cigarettes as you do every morning until it is time for you to go to work. At this time, enjoy your last cigarette and leave as you do everyday….As a smoker you may feel the urge to light up before you go into your workplace however, don’t do it today.
Like most employees, you will have breaks throughout the day in which you will be tempted to light up a cigarette to take away the stress but this is where your real challenge begins. As your first break approaches, put your cigarettes as far away from you as possible in your bag, etc.
As the anticipation sets in you will begin to think about going to the place you go to everyday to light up a cigarette, this of course is likely one of your triggers. Go somewhere else today, take a walk or enjoy a nice conversation but make sure you AVOID THAT PLACE!
It is also important to tell others that you have effectively quit smoking as of today. Most likely they will laugh at you when you tell them that you have quit, however you should use this as motivation to commit to the challenge.
During the first day, especially after denying yourself that cigarette during break your mind will start playing tricks on you. Understand that this is inevitable and you must be mentally prepared to fight these uncomfortable feelings. Using vapes will certainly help you gradually quit the bad habit.
Carry on throughout the day reminding yourself of your triggers and especially, you must continue to avoid the place you usually go to light a cigarette. Take it slowly today and try not to think too much past the next break.
If you have successfully made it past the first day then the next step is to get rid of your cigarettes. Do not throw them away, but instead give them to someone you trust like your spouse or a good friend. Tell them to hide the cigarettes from you and make sure that they do not give them back.
This will create incentive for you to stay committed, just remember….If you want to smoke again you will have to replace the cigarettes you have just entrusted to that person. Continue throughout the week as you have on your “quit day” except you will no longer be allowed to smoke in the mornings.
Quitting during the work week will provide you with a distraction by taking away from your idle time that you would use to smoke otherwise. Take advantage of this and use your time that is normally dedicated to smoking for more productive things like reading, prayer or even just perfecting that survival plan.
As the weekend approaches, your anxiety will probably start to peak since you know you will have free time which might trigger your smoking habit. Don’t worry, if you have made it this far you can survive the weekend.
As you continue making progress, count the days that you have been smoke free as this will provide you with much motivation. Also, be sure to tell others of your progress as well. Remember that all those people you told on day one expect to see you give in and light up again but informing them of your progress will make you see that they were wrong and you can overcome your smoking habit.
The mind tricks will continue during this time and you may start to have dreams about giant Marlboro cigarettes chasing you around but each day you survive you are closer and closer to being free of your bad habits.
Also, as time goes by you will start to see that you have so much more money in your pockets….Just think of all the things you can do with all of that extra money you saved!
After about three weeks without a cigarette, the mind tricks will start to go away and you can start to see yourself being smoke-free in the long term. Your your pockets will thank you and you can now dedicate yourself to your passion in life and quit worrying about how you are gonna pay for that smoking habit.
I hope this has helped all of you smokers out there and I pray that you are able to commit to the challenge. We survivalists are tough, so just count this victory as another notch under your belt.
-Akil N. Jones