Successfully quitting smoking is not an easy task, but a bit of preparation can go a long way.
Set your quit day to Monday. The new week is a recurring opportunity to start fresh and give the smoke-free life another chance. Should you fail, you can always start over again on a Monday.
Announce your intention to quit smoking. A support system can be vital to your quit journey. Ask friends and family to check in with you every Monday and support you, when the urges get frustrating.
Plan the week to avoid triggers. Where will you be hanging out this week? Have a plan for how you will avoid smoking triggers. Going to a smoke-friendly environment can be a mistake, so be aware of your plans. Throwing out smoking paraphernalia, like lighters and ashtrays, is another step you can take to avoid temptations and smoking triggers.
Strategize to beat cravings. The urge to smoke typically only lasts a few minutes at a time, but it can still be very hard to get through. Note down a few effective strategies for getting past cravings. Check out this page for some help!
If everything fails, don’t get too upset. Quitting smoking often takes 7-10 tries, and there’s always a Monday right around the corner to start fresh and try again.