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Five Worst Excuses That Prevent You From Quitting Smoking

Posted in Smoking 17 Jan, 2016

There are lots of reasons to quit smoking. However, despite all this, many people who smoke habitually cannot always find the willpower to do so, and it can often be found that they fall upon the same excuses and mentality. What makes it worse, the excuses in question are not even particularly good ones in the first place.

To be fair, quitting smoking is a tremendous effort of will, as such it should be expected that there'll be resistance to the undertaking. However a part of mastering oneself is knowing oneself, and knowing the weaknesses behind the mental blocks we put into place that prevent us from doing what we want and need to do.

Here's the five worst excuses for continuing smoking that can prolong this behaviour.

1) "But I need cigarettes to get through the day, they calm me down and help me destress."

Cigarettes contain nicotine, which simulate a sensation similar to what happens when dopamine is released into the bloodstream when you're happy. It's false, though, and you'll notice the feeling of relaxation passes the moment you've stopped smoking. This is partially why nicotine is so addictive. It tricks the brain into linking smoking with happiness, creating a psychological addiction.

You shouldn't have to spend £10 for a packet of cigarettes just to feel happy. That should come naturally, and you'll notice natural happiness lasts longer and feels more satisfying than the fake reaction made by nicotine. As part of your quitting programme, try to find a replacement activity for smoking to help you relax, such as listening to music, meditation or reading a book.

2) "I'm scared I'll fail, and it would all have been for nothing."

A fear of failure is perhaps a crippling obstruction to trying to quite smoking. No one wants the shame of knowing they've tried for something and fell short, or to have "wasted" the time and energy.

However you have to be logical. You may fail to quit smoking during the attempt. However you may also succeed. In comparison, you will fail to quit smoking if you never even try in the first place. And if you do?

So what?

Failure is just one of those things that happen. Sometimes things just don't go according to plan. However failure is not an excuse to quit. Just because you didn't succeed this time doesn't mean you won't the next. Instead, look at it as an opportunity to learn, grow, and better prepare yourself for the next attempt. Whenever you trip over during a race, you don't curl up into a ball and give up. You pick yourself up off from the floor, beat the dust off you, and resume harder than before. The same should happen when you try to quit smoking.

3) "I've tried treatments before, and they didn't work."

Nicotine patches and gum are not magical cure-alls. They do not stop you from smoking again. The same with any treatment you may decide to use during your attempt to give up cigarettes. Using them without doing anything else to help you curb the habit is really just asking for disappointment.

What treatments actually do is assist you by removing the worst of the chemical symptoms. In this there are thousands of over-the-counter pharmaceutical treatments to help you resist the urge to light one up. However you can still wind up smoking again merely by habit if you're not careful.

The key to giving up smoking is and always has been a matter of willpower. It's something you have to want, and have to dedicate yourself to in order to succeed. So it's not the patches or the gum that let you down, it was you and you alone. You were the one who took up smoking again. Only you can stop yourself, if you try. If you've done it before, you can do it once more.

4) "I'm going to die anyway. What does it matter?"

The only things certain in life are death, taxes, and Michael Bublè releases at Christmas. However just because you're going to die doesn't mean you shouldn't try to live as healthy and full a life as you can.

You need to think about it: do you want to live the last years of your life as an active, physically fit person who can still do the things they want to? Or do you want to end it lying in bed after having one of your lungs removed, because you contracted tobacco-related lung cancer and can now barely climb the stairs unaided?

5) "Now just isn't a good time to quit. I'll do it when I'm ready."

Procrastination is the devil of us all.

You have to ask yourself, if not now, then when is it a good time to try giving up smoking? There'll always be some other excuse. "I'm having trouble at work." "My partner is getting on my nerves." "Bills are stressing me out." "The neighbour's cat keeps giving me evil looks across the street – I swear it's mocking me because I know it keeps pooing in our garden."

Without the necessary kick up the backside, the day you're ready to give up cigarettes will never come. The right day to quit is therefore always now, especially if life is hard at present. If you smoke because of stress, then finding other ways of dealing with it will strengthen your resolve against picking up a cigarette again. You cannot keep dithering about these sorts of things while life passes you buy. Further, the longer you leave it the harder it will be.

The past is gone and the future doesn't exist, thus there's only ever the now.

If you're trying to give up smoking or you are considering doing it, our health consultants have put together some great tips on how to give up smoking. If you are already trying to give up and would like prescription medication to help you through this, you can buy Champix safely and conveniently from us.

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