John Cheese (Cracked.com’s resident hard-luck-success-story writer) writes an excellent article about his current/past smoking-cessation attempts, what he’s learned about life from them, and some valuable tips on succeeding at quitting smoking too. In summary:
- You can’t expect people to know what you’re going through. Solution: Lower your expectations for how “excited” or “supportive” people may be while you’re quitting.
- Your body/brain lies to you. Solution: Include counseling as part of your quit-plan, to learn how to recognize and ignore the “mental withdrawal” symptoms.
- Your memory will change with your mood. Solution: Write your reasons for quitting on a card and carry it with you, to refer to later when you try to rationalize resuming smoking.
- Everything is temporary, even if it doesn’t feel like it. Solution: When the craving to smoke hits you, check your watch. Most episodes of nicotine-craving only last for 3-5 minutes, so grit it out and you’ll get past it.
- Controlling your moods is your responsibility. Solution: Get counseling to deal with underlying emotional issues which can only be partially-blamed on the mood swing from smoking cessation.