If one of your New Year's resolutions is to finally ditch the cigarettes, we’ve got some tips to help you out.
1. Choose your quit date
By choosing a date, your body and mind have time to get ready to quit. Add this to your calendar to make sure you hold yourself accountable to the goal you've set.
2. List your reasons to quit
Knowing why you want to quit is one of the success factors in building and holding on to the motivation that you need to stay quit. Whether it’s financial reasons or emotional, list them all out and pop them in an accessible spot for you to read and see them every day. \
3. Tell people you're quitting
When other people know you’ve quit, they can help keep you on track when you’re tempted to smoke.
4. Use the tools to help you quit
Ready to quit but not sure if you can handle going cold turkey? Tools that help us get through the cravings can be the best way to avoid smoking. Whether it’s nicotine replacement gum, patches or vapes, it’s still better than a cigarette.
5. Figure out your triggers and try to avoid them
Certain emotions, situations and routines will make you want to reach for a cigarette. Creating a plan on how to avoid your triggers or finding a replacement can help you through the cravings.
6. Break the morning routine
Instead of starting the day with a cigarette, create a new routine that helps shift the focus away from smoking. For example, taking a quick walk or chewing gum to distract yourself from the craving.
7. Celebrate the milestones
Break your smokefree journey up into smaller milestones (for example, the end of each month). It doesn't matter whether you've quit for one day or one month, you should be proud and celebrating your progress.
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We know that with the right tools and support anyone can quit smoking. If this sounds like you, contact our dedicated team of Quit Coaches