One of the most stressful times of the year has begun – the holidays! With New Year’s Eve right around the corner, it might seem tempting to put off your quit date until January 1 to make it a New Year’s resolution. But there are plenty of ways to stop procrastinating and quit smoking this Monday. Don’t wait for a new year when you can celebrate a new week!
While quitting smoking might seem like a new source of stress at first, if you reframe your quit as a way to gain more time to get things done and improve your health, it may feel like an early holiday gift to yourself!
Why would you wait to quit when these benefits can start building up on Monday?
Better health. The colder weather means that cold and flu season is coming. Cigarettes can take a big toll on your body’s ability to fight off viruses and infections. Even a minor cold can linger longer than it would in a non-smoker. If you quit today, your body begins healing itself immediately. Quitting now means a stronger immune system when you’ll need it the most!
More money in your wallet. It’s the season for giving, and who couldn’t use some extra cash? Consider how much money you spend on cigarettes and the gifts that money could be buying instead. If you think it costs money to quit smoking, there are plenty of ways to do it for free or cheap; your health insurance might even give you the assistance you need.
Distraction from cravings. Being busy during the holidays isn’t a good excuse to wait to quit smoking – it’s an opportunity to quit now. Quitting while you have so many things to do means you’ll have plenty of distractions from nicotine cravings. Cravings only last about 10 minutes, and your holiday errands can keep you occupied with tasks that need to be completed. When a craving hits, make a shopping list, find holiday recipes you can make, search for a fun craft project, or start writing your holiday cards. With so many things to do, you can keep your hands busy with other things instead of smoking!
If your New Year’s resolution is to stop procrastinating, set it in motion on Monday! Celebrate a Happy New Week to start your quit plan early!