It is no news that smoking isn’t exactly great for our health. We all know it, and yet find it hard to quit.
See, smoking is like a clingy, toxic partner that you’re trying to leave. It messes with your body and plays games with your mind. When you try to leave it, it tells you:
When you cut ties with it, it starts throwing tantrums with withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
It makes fake promises to boost your mood a bit, help relieve some stress, or even make you look cool (I hope you’re past that stage by now). A lot of people use smoking as their go-to coping mechanism for the blues, depression, anxiety, or plain boredom.
Quitting means finding new, healthier ways to deal with these moods. That’s the main task.
For some of you, it would mean distancing yourself from friends or coworkers who smoke and offer you a cigarette every time you meet up.
To quit smoking for good, you’ve got to tackle both the addiction and the habits, routines, and people that are associated with it.
Handling Relapses as You Try to Quit Smoking
Every time you fall into a relapse and then get back up again on your journey to quit, you learn something new about yourself, about your triggers, and about human psychology.
That is valuable information, so instead of beating yourself up over it and seeing quitting as an impossible task, utilize this new knowledge and wisdom, and ask yourself this:
The following Affirmations for Smokers are designed specifically to cover the different aspects and struggles of quitting smoking that will help you get into the right headspace to stay committed and determined on your path to getting rid of smoking for good.
For your ease, I’ve divided the affirmations into several sections. Here’s an overview. Feel free to jump between sections:
- Affirmations to Quit Smoking
- Managing Cravings and Nicotine Withdrawals
- Managing Triggers That Lead to Smoking
- Dealing with a Relapse
- Replacing Smoking with Something Better
- How to Use These Affirmations to Quit Smoking
- Additional Resources
40 Healing Affirmations for Smokers
Affirmations to Quit Smoking
1. I release the hold of nicotine on my life as I embrace a healthier lifestyle.
2. My strength is greater than any craving, and I am in control of my choices.
3. Each passing moment without a cigarette is a victory over cravings.
4. I am free from the chains of nicotine. My body is a temple of health and vitality.
5. With every breath, I inhale positivity and exhale the urge to smoke.
6. My willpower is a force to be reckoned with.
7. I am breaking free from the grip of smoking, step by empowering step.
8. My commitment to quit smoking grows stronger with each passing day.
9. I am resilient in the face of cravings, and I choose health over addiction.
10. Each breath I take fills me with renewed energy and determination.
Managing Craving and Nicotine Withdrawals
1. I embrace the discomfort of withdrawal as a sign that my body is healing and getting over it.
2. I am becoming stronger with every moment I resist the urge to smoke.
3. The intensity of cravings is temporary, but my commitment to quit is permanent.
4. I am releasing the need for nicotine, and my body is grateful for this freedom.
5. I sail through cravings like a ship in calm waters, steady and unshaken.
6. I welcome the challenges of withdrawal, knowing they lead to a smoke-free and healthy life ahead.
7. My mind and body are detoxifying, and I am emerging stronger each day.
8. I am patient with myself as I navigate through the waves of nicotine withdrawal.
9. Cravings will come and go, and I’m okay with it. I don’t have to act on them. I’m in control and I get to make the choice.
10. My body is healing, and I am grateful for this strength to overcome cravings.
Managing Triggers That Lead to Smoking
1. I am breaking the association between stress and the need to smoke.
2. I redefine my routines, eliminating triggers that once led to smoking.
3. My response to stress is calm and composed. Cigarettes are not the solution.
4. I am resilient in the face of social situations that used to trigger smoking.
5. I create a smoke-free space in my life, breaking free from habitual triggers.
6. I am rewriting my story, replacing smoking with positive alternatives.
7. I am in control of my reactions, breaking free from the trigger of boredom.
8. I find strength in solitude, breaking free from the need to smoke socially.
9. I am building a life where smoking has no place. I am in charge.
10. I am mindful of my emotions, navigating through triggers with grace and strength.
Dealing with a Relapse
1. I acknowledge the setback, but I am not defined by it. I am on a journey of progress.
2. Every relapse is an opportunity to restart. I am committed to my journey of quitting.
3. I release guilt and embrace self-compassion, knowing that mistakes are stepping stones to success.
4. I am stronger than any temporary setback, and my commitment to quit smoking remains unshaken.
5. I learn from the past, and each relapse strengthens my resolve to achieve a smoke-free life.
6. I am resilient, bouncing back from setbacks with newfound determination.
7. I focus on the present moment, leaving behind the past and moving toward a healthier future.
8. I forgive myself and release the burden of a relapse, choosing to move forward with positivity.
9. I am in control of my choices, and I choose a path of continuous improvement.
10. I embrace the opportunity to learn and grow, turning setbacks into valuable lessons on my journey to quit smoking.
Replacing Smoking with Something Better
1. I choose activities that nourish my soul, replacing the habit of smoking.
2. My body craves health, and I satisfy it with choices that elevate my well-being.
3. I am creating a life filled with joy, where cigarettes have no place.
4. Each moment spent without smoking is an opportunity for positive change.
5. I savor the taste of life without smoke, embracing new and vibrant experiences.
6. I channel my energy into pursuits that uplift my spirit and mind.
7. I am a non-smoker, engaging in activities that promote my mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.
8. I celebrate the freedom from smoking by investing time in self-care.
9. My life is a canvas, and I paint it with colors that do NOT include smoke.
10. I am on a journey of self-discovery and I replace smoking with endless possibilities, interesting hobbies, and creative pursuits.
How to Use These Affirmations to Quit Smoking
|Pick the top 10 affirmations for Quitting Smoking that are relevant to your particular scenario and resonate with you the most. The ones that connect with you on a deeper level and feel the most meaningful to you.
|Write those affirmations on paper or on your phone and dedicate 5-10 minutes each day to focus on these affirmations. Pick a time that suits you best. First thing in the morning, during lunch break, before bed, or when you have the urge to smoke (which is the best time to use these affirmations!).
|As you say these affirmations to quit smoking, visualize them as if it’s your current reality. Vividly see yourself in a confident and relaxed state, handling tasks with ease, achieving your goals, and operating at your best potential.
|As you do this practice, notice the shifts in your state of mind. Notice how you subtly grow more relaxed and confident, feeling a sense of calm and contentment. Also notice any doubts, negative thoughts, or anxiety creeping in during this practice. Acknowledge those thoughts and gently let them go. It’s okay. You’re doing just fine. Just bring your focus back on positive and proactive thoughts and visualization.
|Be gentle and patient with yourself. It can take some time to start reaping the benefits of this practice. If you don’t feel any significant improvement in the first couple of days, it’s okay. Just trust the process and be consistent in your use of these affirmations.
|Periodically switch up your list of top 10 affirmations and pick new affirmations from this list. Bookmark this page so it’s easier for you to return to this list.
|Remember that affirmations are a “tool” designed to help you positively reprogram your mind toward improvement. Affirmations work best when complemented with practical actions such as setting goals for improvement, taking measures to eliminate triggers, and learning stress management as much as possible. It is specially important to practice mindfulness in your everyday life to stay conscious of your addictive patterns and urges.
One of the most common triggers for smoking are negative thoughts, stress, and feeling overwhelmed by life. If that is true for you, please read the following in-depth guides:
Here’s another good article with helpful tips on How to Quit Smoking.
Also, check out the following affirmations as they might be relevant to your specific situation. Pick the best affirmations from each and write them down where you can access them easily (or just bookmark the links):
I hope these affirmations help you overcome smoking and manage your triggers and withdrawals. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you slip and relapse. Keep trying.
Remember, nobody is perfect and we all have our own share of struggles and challenges. That doesn’t mean that we can’t love and respect ourselves or love life.
So make sure to take good care of yourself! Wishing the best for you, always!
See you in the next one!