Thinking about quitting smoking is an important first step in becoming a former smoker. It’s also a subtle, passive step that needs to be acted upon. If you’re thinking about quitting smoking, it’s time to be proactive and put your quit plan in motion! Give yourself a start date — make this Monday your quit day!
One thing you can do to help you move forward is to make a checklist for your quit plan. But what good is a checklist if you’re not going to follow it? One of the most important items on that list is choosing your quit plan. Now that you have seen the options, decide on one. Start conversations with people you know who have quit smoking as well as your doctor, who can help explain nicotine replacement therapies and medications. Then tell everyone to keep you accountable! They can be a big help to you if they check in every Monday by email, text, or a phone call you to see how you’re holding up.
Have you bought your distractions for when cravings hit? Making that shopping trip will turn your plans to quit smoking into a reality. Knowing that you’re prepared for your first few days of quitting may ease some of your nerves. It’s normal to have some anxiety over quitting, but keep reassuring yourself that you can overcome cravings and power through with the tools you have in front of you.
How about your smoke breaks? Now that you’ve given cigarettes the boot, plan to do something else in place of smoking, like take a short walk. Knowing that you have a place to go – and actually going there – might make you feel like you’re moving forward in your path toward quitting smoking for good. Getting a bit of physical activity during your day may also relieve some of the stress associated with nicotine withdrawal while benefiting your health. It’s a great way to adopt healthier behavior during the day.
If you need support, it’s okay to reach out and ask for guidance. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to speak to a live counselor who can talk you through a craving and help you work through your quit plan.
Now it’s time to get ready to face Monday, your official quit day. This is the time to set your goals in motion and take a step in a better direction. Face Monday with confidence and aim to stay quit, recommitting to your plan every Monday!