Now you’ve got that big list of reasons pinned up, you’ve re-enforced the fact that you really want to quit smoking – right? Well, then it’s time to achieve that goal by any means necessary!
I already mentioned nicotine replacement products as a way to deal with your withdrawal symptoms – in fact, I believe they’re better than e-cigarettes because they don’t involve the physical act of smoking.
However cognitive behavioral therapy is another helpful thing to try. It involves changing your thought patterns. If you’re stressing out, your first thought is probably “I need a cigarette.”
One goal of behavioral therapy is to change this. Doesn’t “I’ll take five minutes and have some healthy snacks” sound better? “I’ll practice some deep breathing?” Perhaps. You could even consider how hypnotherapy will help.
You often hear that new habits are formed or forgotten in 21 days – this article from James Clear suggests that it can take longer. However, your withdrawal symptoms will subside in a matter of weeks.