Your Quit Day has arrived and it’s time to face the challenge of quitting smoking face to face. You’ve been gearing up by putting together your quit plan and listing all the reasons for quitting this Monday. Today, you’re ready for Day One.
Here are a few things to remember on your first day as a non-smoker:
You can beat cravings. They don’t last long – 10 minutes – and you can do plenty of things to distract yourself to get through them. One of the best things you can do is move around. Even taking a walk will get you moving enough to keep your mind off smoking. Ten minutes is just enough time to sneak in a short workout. Getting that kind of physical activity a few times a day is a perfect substitution for smoking.
You can change your behavior. Smoking may have been a big part of your day, but it’s time to make room for something else. Maybe you’ve figured out a few things to do during your breaks for your quit plan, but this is a great opportunity to replace smoking with a new hobby or even a new passion. Instead of smoking, dedicate your new free time to reading books, doing crafts (like sewing, art, coloring books, etc.), or learning a language.
You can handle the stress. If you find yourself in a stressful situation that makes you crave a cigarette, use your smoke-free lungs to take some deep, calming breaths. Deep breathing is something you can do anywhere, any time you find yourself getting anxious after quitting smoking. By taking a few deep breaths, letting the oxygen travel all the way down to the bottom of your chest, you will soothe your mind, ease stress, and get through the next few minutes of your quit journey.
You can ask for help. If quitting gets hard, reach out to someone. Get in touch with a friend or fellow ex-smoker. You can also join our online community of quitters on Facebook and follow the #QuitMonday hashtag on social media. If you want to talk to an expert, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to speak to a live counselor.
You can recommit to quit on Monday. This Monday was just the first day of your quit plan. When next Monday comes, start the week fresh and renew your promise to stay quit. If you slip up this week, resolve to do better next week. If this week turns out great, keep the momentum going. Every Monday is a new opportunity and a new step in your path to quitting for good.