You might be one of those people who think they can quit smoking on their own. You could be right, but keep in mind that most people who try to quit smoking don’t succeed- not on the first try anyway.
And that’s because they don’t have the support they need. They try to go it alone and battle the habit all by themselves. When you spend time alone, then your mind may not be as occupied as it should be when dealing with stress. You can end up giving in to the temptation easier. It won’t be as tough of a battle if you have some help, and a quit smoking message board can be an excellent start.
The first benefit of joining that board is that you are likely to find some people who are going through the same problems as you. Not everyone suffers the same withdrawal symptoms or has the same issues or severity of symptoms when they try to quit smoking. You can see that there are others out there like you who are suffering just like you. Now misery loves company, but in this case, it might make you less miserable if you know others were sharing the same experiences as you.
This gives you common ground, which is your second benefit to joining such a message board. By finding someone with common issues you can connect and possibly make a friend. At the very least, you can offer one another support. You probably know people around you who have tried to quit, but once you get on a message board you can find people who suffered exactly as you are as they tried to quit. This can open up doors for new friendships and give you the support network you need to succeed.
You will likely find yourself offering support as well. It’s a two-way street, and as you offer encouragement, you will find that it is easier for you to beat your own cravings.
The third benefit to joining a quit smoking message board will be to find new methods for beating cravings that you may not have discovered or thought of on your own. There are tons of guides out there to help you quit smoking, but no one knows how to beat the problem you have like someone who went through exactly the same thing. A lot of the quit smoking guides are made by people who have never smoked themselves or who haven’t gone through some of the same symptoms and trials that you have. But on the message boards, you have a larger group of people to draw from and you aren’t getting help from just a single source and a single viewpoint. You can find people who share your same issues and who have found ways to conquer those problems.
If you are serious about quitting and conquering the habit, then you need all the help you can get. Once you join a quit smoking message board, you may be surprised at just how much the people there can help you.