Planning can ensure that you have a smoke free weekend.
The weekend can often be a tricky time to stay away from cigarettes and keep your smoke free journey going strong. For some of us, the end of the week can be a time to let loose and catch up on socializing that was missed during the workweek. For others, the weekend can mean catching up on some much needed alone time. Either way, the lapse between Friday and Sunday night can induce triggers that may make you want to reach for a cigarette.
Here are some tips to make sure you have a smoke free weekend:
If you’re socializing, enlist a “quit-buddy.” Whether you’re at a bar, restaurant, or social gathering, find someone who supports you in your journey to quit smoking. Turn to them when you’re triggered to pick up a cigarette and ask if they’ll leave the scene with you for a few minutes.
After meals, pop something in your mouth that isn’t a cigarette. Used to reaching for a cigarette after eating? Try reaching for something else like gum or hard candy. Here’s what you can expect after a meal.
If you choose to drink alcohol, change up your order and limit yourself. To get away from your normal routine, try swapping what you’d usually order when you smoked for a different option. Alcohol can be a trigger for many people, so try restricting yourself from downing too many drinks, or alternate an alcoholic beverage for water.
Distract yourself in your downtime. If you decide to have some alone time at home, make sure you’re filling it up with things that will keep your mind off the urge to smoke. What’s a recipe you’ve always wanted to cook but never had the time? Quitting smoking improves your sense of smell, so your cooking skills will be on point!
Reward yourself. Made it to Sunday night without smoking? Awesome – now reward yourself! Treat yourself to something you love. Use the money you saved on not smoking for something that makes you happy. Treating yourself doesn’t have to be expensive.
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