I'm an advocate of cold turkey since Nicotine is driving your addiction. The sooner you get that 100% out of your system the better. The most important thing is to understand that as ex-smokers we are addicts One puff will lead you back to where you were before you stopped. You can never have another puff again. When you commit to putting out that last cig and never having another puff again - you've just won and are from that point forward a nonsmoker.
Now I know that sounds sad or depressing because we have trained ourselves to think smoking feels good and does good things for us (relaxes us, makes us feel good, eases boredom). But those are all lies we told ourselves.
I'll give you a couple quick tips that have helped me. First, put yourself in the mindset that you are "freeing" yourself from smoking. It helps deals with the withdrawals if you understand they are part of the healing process necessary to free you from these chains. They are good thing and should be welcomed. This mindset also reminds you that you aren't depriving yourself of something good. . . because in fact you are NOT depriving yourself. . . you are very much walking down a path towards absolute freedom far far away from the total control of your evil master. He is simply sending little nicotine monsters after you in order to trick you into willing returning to your addiction prison. Those cravings are the monsters trying to trick you; see them for what they are - smile and keep walking away.
Second, think about how smoking only brings you back to feeling normal again. In other words, you think you enjoy it because you have trained your brain that it needs nicotine. Once you give it the drug then you feel normal again (you call it good, but it's just normal). Guess what - nonsmokers feel that "normal" feeling you're chasing 100% of the time. They don't spending money, time, or have to deprive themselves of anything - it's their natural state of mind. Not for smokers - we only get that for 5 minutes and as soon as we're done giving our body the drug we trained it to need it starts using it up, getting rid of it, and then we get the reward of feeling off again in about 30 minutes. So you see, as a smoker you are a slave serving a vicious and unrelenting masters. Put the money, the social outcast, the health concerns, the smell aside - focus on one item and one item only. Are you going to be 100% owned and controlled by some leafs wrapped in paper? Or are you ready to put in the work to free yourself of this burden, understand you're not giving anything up but that you are working to gain freedom.
I got many of these ideas from reviewing whyquit - give that a search and look over some of the ideas. Change your mindset and you'll change you're life.View Thread