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How to quit a bad habit – defeat the smoking monster

I am really excited, I officially start my vegan journey. All my progress will be documented on my website and hey, feel free to share your journey too! The first part is the least pleasant but also the most important one.

How to quit a bad habit might not be a topic that makes sense to you when it comes to Veganism. However, it is my first step to a new, healthier life.

First I need to face the little monster, before I can transform into a butterfly. This is not about preaching only but I actually do what I suggest at the same time.

I just stopped smoking and want to share with you my tips on how to quit a bad habit below:

Make a conscious decision!

Learn how to quit a bad habit

I am pretty sure that you all know that a perfect day to quit a bad habit does not exist. We always find an excuse or a reason why today is not a good day to stop. That is exactly what makes this trap so genius. It is designed to keep us hooked for life.

I will spare you with details, all addicts know the Consequences which a poisonous addiction might can bring upon them. You need to see smoking as it really is – nothing else then an addiction to devastation, which gives you absolutely nothing in return!

You still wonder how to quit a bad habit?

Here are two quotes from Allen Carr’s Easyway, which are very compelling to me:

“the most pathetic of all is that the only β€˜pleasure’ a smoker obtains when they breathe those filthy, cancerous fumes into their lungs is to get back to the same feeling of relaxation they enjoyed during the whole of their life as a non-smoker.”

β€œThe whole business of smoking is like forcing yourself to wear tight shoes just to get the pleasure of taking them off.”

If you still believe that smoking gives you any benefit at all, I highly suggest reading Allen Carr’s easyway to stop smoking. It really helped me to remove all my false impressions that smoking does anything good for me.

No more illusions? Great! Smoke your last cigarette and make a conscious decision to stick to it!

There is absolutely nothing to lose but so much more to gain! Below find more tips on how to quit a bad habit:

Sleep as much as you can!

How to quit a bad habit? With Sleep!

As a new non-smoker I prefer to keep the first days as short as possible. I trick myself through those days with a lot of sleep so that I don’t need to face too many temptations.

In the beginning we tend to be more irritable and moody so the less contact we have with other human beings, the better for them.

You might ask yourself how long it will take until you feel great again. This really depends on you and there is no time frame.

However, if you have a hard time to get through it, do yourself a favor and get help from Allen Carr’s Easyway. It makes your journey much more pleasant.

No matter how long you need, grant yourself some slack until you’ve recovered.

Once you believe that you are no longer a threat to others, move on to the next point.

Get obsessed!

Study not Smoke

Suddenly you will realize that you have much more time available then ever. What to do now?

Before you just went for a smoke and time passed. This might be strange in the beginning but having more time is a good problem to have.

If you are lost, I suggest you to find something that you can obsess about. Having said that I do not suggest that you should stalk someone!

Get obsessed to acquire more knowledge and learn as much as you can about money making or eat a healthier diet etc.

Your focus will then shift from smoking to your obsession, until the bad thoughts are almost gone.

Add new good habits

Another great way to get in to your new routine is when you replace your bad habit with a good one.

You need to keep yourself busy. Find more suggestions on how to quit a bad habit, here:

  • Drink water whenever you have cravings. It is surprising how well this works!
  • Exercise
  • Get a new hobby
  • Meditate
  • Spend more time cooking and preparing food
  • See your friends and family more often
  • Adopt a pet
  • Clear out your closet
  • Clean and remove clutter
  • Take a shower
  • Ride a bike
  • Read a book
  • Listen to Music
  • Dance
  • Use the time to get more organised
  • Track your success with a stop smoking app
  • Get a massage
  • Go shopping and buy yourself a gift
  • Get a tattooChange your hairstyle

The possibilities are endless. The more sport and healthy foods you integrate in your new routine, the easier it is to stay away from smoking.

In a very short time you will feel so much better that you actually wonder why you have smoked in the first place.

If you feel ready for a challenge, why don’t you join me in my journey on becoming a healthier and better person?

One step leads to another and in no time you will re-connect with yourself and life.

Stick to it, no matter what!

Focus on your target

Once you made up your mind, never do ever question your decision!

Remember that everyone has good and bad days. When you break your disgusting addiction, the bad days will become less and the good days will increase.

Be aware that after some time has passed you might have forgotten why you stopped.

That is one reason why it is so important that you write a statement and boomark any for you helpful “how to quit a bad habit” page, when you stop.

Whenever you have a weak moment you can re-read and refresh your memory! Do not fall in the trap by just having one cigarette. There is no such thing as just one. One leads to another until you are back to square one!

Remember, there is nothing to lose but so much to gain! Don’t wait until it is too late! We all deserve better then that!

Life is beautiful, make the best out of it and treat your body like a temple!

Nathalie

24 Comments

  1. I like you recommendations on how to quit. Making it a goal and working towards it is great advice.
    Good luck on your vegan journey. I personally am doing the carnivore diet. My experience with the vegan diet was bad, so I can’t give you any advice there, but I do wish you the best.

    • Thank you Melinda, much appreciated. Glad that you had the courage to try it out! I am no fan of radical adjustments and that is why I decided to change my lifestyle in small steps. In the end everyone needs to do what suits their health and lifestyle best.

  2. This is great information. I wish it was available for my mother when she was a smoker. She’s free now – thank God – but she had a hard time letting it. Will power and God’s help is totally needed to kick the habit.

    • Thanks Lane! Glad to hear that she made it. I know sometimes it can be really though to let go. I was lucky to find out about Allen Carr which made my journey pleasant so far.

  3. Wow, I like that idea of sleeping lots of time. Haha, that’s the clever one. Really a great article to quit a bad habit.

  4. Great post! While I am not a smoker, I know many who are and are trying to quit the habit! Thanks for this information! I especially loved the quote – very motivating. I will be sure to forward this on to my friends who are wanting to quit!

    • Thank you Christina. You’re most welcome πŸ™‚ Yes please, hopefully it helps them to make up their minds and quit. I wish them good luck!

  5. Hi, thank you for this encouraging post. I battle with this addiction and I have tried way too many times to stop but the boredom simply gets the better of me. I will try to implement these little changes you listed and hopefully finally be free of this horrible habit. Good luck on your journey ahead and please keep us posted on your progress.

    • Hey Evelynn, thanks for reaching out! I know facing the little monster is not an easy task but hey, be proud of yourself that you already had the courage to try. Many people don’t even get there. Sometimes we need to fail several times until we reach our goal. Don’t get demoralised but embrace your willingness instead. Good luck to you too and let’s keep each other updated about our progress.

  6. Hello NAthalie,
    First off, congrats on your decision to go Vegan…and then now, to quit smoking. Great tips and tricks to deal with the ‘new decision’. I can only guess that it is not an easy one, but you will save some money, smell nicer (your clothes, and you too) and more kissable…of course if your kissing partner is a non-smoker.
    All the best and looking forward to hearing about your progress.
    Michelle

    • Hi Michelle, thank you very much. Well, nothing great comes easy but you will value success even more after struggles. I will keep you posted and all the best to you too!

  7. I have never smoked in my life, thank goodness. And I guess I have never really had a bad habit that I could not break. To me it is all about will power, and redirecting my energy to something more positive or more healthy. It’s funny you list to go get a tattoo. That is my next reward to myself for kicking the habit of this bad dieting I have been doing. So looking forward to a healthier lifestyle!

    • Consider yourself blessed that you never had to battle any bad habits. It is so true that you need to redirect your energy to something better. Tattoos are great and I still don’t have one. It is now on my to do list πŸ™‚ I wish you all the best with your healthier lifesytle and hope that you get your tattoo soon!

  8. Hello Nathalie,
    You have great ideas on how to quit smoking. I quit back in 2009. I had to stay busy, so I found a outdoor hobby. I build a rose garden and spent hours working on it every day. My hands stayed too dirty to eat every time I was craving one and my mind was mostly on making my garden beautiful.
    It worked pretty good. I still got very sleepy for a long while, but that passes. I only gained 8 pounds during that time and now I weigh less than I did before I quit smoking!
    Thanks for sharing,
    Devara

    • Hello Devara, Congratulations to your achievement! Would love to see your beautiful rose garden! Your success is inspiring and I am sure that his will help many others to get the courage to start their own smoke free journey. It is amazing what we can do when we stop wasting our time with smoking. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us!

  9. Hello Nathalie,
    Great article and website with many useful information and advices! Thank you for sharing! Will definitely follow your journey πŸ™‚

  10. I used to be a heavy smoker, but I’m happy to say I’ve been smoke free for going on 12 years now. Your article covers the process of quitting very well and offers great tips. Great work!

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