The most important part of the preparation for you quit your cigarettes is to be mentally ready. It is pointless to think that you should stop smoking if you’re not ready for it.
While you mentally prepare yourself, make sure to take appropriate action against the physical withdrawal symptoms that come because of the lack of nicotine.
If you really have the willpower, it is possible to stop smoking without any help; but if you are like most people, you will probably need some help. Today there are a number of nicotine products (e.g. from Nicorette and Nicotinell), which can remove the worst urge to smoke.
Nicotine plaster and nicotine chewing gum are the two most popular nicotine products. Other options are nicotine inhaler, nicotine nasal spray and nicotine tablets.
It is probably often more a matter of habit than desire, when you light a cigarette. Is it because you really want a cigarette, when you smoke after lunch or at the bus stop? Or is it just a very bad habit?
Look critically at your smoking situations. Then you will be able to reduce your cigarette consumption significantly. This way you can take deliberated choice, when you decide to light a cigarette.
Do you have any dreams that you cannot afford today? If it is within reasonable limits, you will probably be able to afford it if you quit smoking.
A good way to keep the motivation is to reward yourself (or your family), when you haven’t smoked for a week, a month, a year etc. It will give you the necessary motivation, if you are about to quit the project.
A good way to make the reward present is piggy bank. Every day without smoking you put the amount you normally would have used for cigarettes in the quit smoking piggy bank. Then you can see how much money you save. And after a few month there is probably enough for a nice vacation.
Another great preparation before you quit smoking might be to write down your thoughts about your future smoking cessation project. Write your reasons to quit smoking, what you think will be the hardest etc.
Then you can find encouragement and new motivation in the writings, when the crisis hits you; and sooner or later it will. A quit smoking diary might also be a good idea. Here you can confess all your ups and downs in complete confidence.