Valentine's Day is just round the corner and sweet fragrances of love are in the air. This day brings joy to those people who are already in a relationship and hope to those people who are still waiting for the cupid to bring them love. If you are a woman belonging to the former, what better way can you ask your partner to demonstrate their affection this Valentine’s Day than by making a promise to stop smoking?
However, before asking him for a promise, you need to understand that quitting smoking is very difficult, but you can play a decisive role though his quitting process. Your support and love can help him quit faster and stay quit, here’s how to start.
Make yourself available
Giving him time is an excellent way to help him stay away from cigarettes. Remember, the first two days after quitting are critical because the cravings are the most aggressive. Be sure to be available in person or at least by phone. Help divert his thoughts and get him through the crucial period.
Let him sense your empathy
Tell him you understand how difficult it is to cope with the cravings. Don’t get irritated by his edgy behaviour, its common while quitting. Instead of lecturing him about the dangers of smoking, make him wake up to the benefits of ditching the cigarettes.
Read up on the subject
Smokers need to be kept busy to avoid the temptations to smoke. Buy a well-received stop-smoking book, such as Allen Carr's “Easyway To Stop Smoking” for him. Books not only keep the hands occupied but also divert the mind from wanting to light up. It will keep reminding your partner to quit smoking and will also suggest ways to cope up with withdrawal symptoms.
Pay compliments to a quit-smoking milestone
Praise him when he goes several successive days without smoking. Tell him how sure are you that he will succeed in remaining a non-smoker. This reassurance will not only lift his confidence but can also motivate him to stay quit for longer.
Seeing your loved one getting addicted to smoking is tough, but remember kicking the habit is tougher that you might think. No matter how hard you try, what you do, you can't force him to stop unless and until he doesn’t want to give up.
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