Finding a quit buddy can be a helpful aspect of your quit and stay quit journey. Ideally, your quit buddy would be someone you have consistent access to, which is why including a colleague in your support system is a smart move.
If you’re like most Americans, you clock in plenty of hours at your job. This Monday, find a quit buddy or two at your place of work. If this person smokes and is looking to quit, you can avoid triggers and hit milestones together. Research shows that some people have better success if they quit with a buddy. Even if your colleague doesn’t smoke, they can still provide support, healthy distraction and encouragement, all of which will help you reach your goals.
Here are some ways a colleague can help you quit and stay quit:
- Check in: Plan to check in with your buddy every Monday (whether in person or through text, if need be). Discuss the challenges and successes of the previous week, as well as plans to tackle the week ahead.
- Talk about why you’re quitting: Whether during your weekly check in or at another time, recount to your buddy why you’re quitting. Doing so can serve as motivation, and your partner will be able to remind you of your goals during tough moments.
- Resist cravings together: Cravings only last about 10 minutes, but those 10 minutes can feel like eternity when you face them alone. Ask your pal to partake in a distracting activity: Go for a walk, share a healthy snack or tell a funny story.
- Tell them how they can help: While they may be eager to help, your quit buddy might not know everything about how to be supportive. Share this information about how to help a quitter to help them help you.