Resolved to give up smoking for the new year? Our tips below might help you quit for good.
1. Get support
Not only are there countless government initiatives, charity programmes and supplements designed to help quit smoking, it might also be worth getting support from your friends and family who can help you through the process (particularly any withdrawal symptoms you might have).
If you’re having a craving, try to take your mind off it by doing something else and the craving should pass in time. To help you resist temptation, try to remember that you can look forward to a time when your cravings will stop altogether!
3. Live for the day
That being said, it might be easier if you live day-to-day when it comes to not smoking. Telling yourself you won’t smoke today will always feel more manageable than telling yourself you won’t smoke for a whole month or year.
4. Routine helps
The day you give up, try to keep your routine as normal as possible. This will help you make the process less stressful. If your morning routine usually starts with a smoke and coffee, this time opt just for the coffee and find something else to keep your hands occupied (Candy Crush, anyone?).
5. Don’t drink
While the sober you might be able to resist the temptation of a cigarette, drunk you might not agree. If you’re headed to the pub in the first week of quitting, try to curtail your knee-jerk ‘yes’ to the offer of going for a smoke.
6. Tell people you’ve given up
On that note, it might be a good idea to tell people you’re quitting. People will be less likely to ask you (and tempt you) for a cigarette, and you might gain a support group for when your willpower starts to wane.
7. Avoid social smoking
If all your friends decide to huddle outside the restaurant door for a quick cigarette, it can be tempting to join them for fear of missing out on their gossip. But, smoking isn’t necessarily a precursor to interesting conversation, so if you don’t think you have the willpower to be around smokers without smoking yourself, stay inside (and in the warmth) and strike up a conversation with someone at the table instead.
8. Think of the money!
Cigarettes are expensive, and working out how much you usually spend on cigarettes a week might just be eye-opening enough to help you avoid the temptation to pop into the corner shop. Once you’ve worked out how much you’ll save, think of something exciting you can do with the money at the end of the month. A mini-holiday somewhere warm, for example!
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