What can you do each Monday to help you stay quit?
When Monday rolls around each week, here are a few things that you can do to stay on track with your smoking cessation:
1. Each Monday, sit down and plan out your week. Think ahead about what triggers you might encounter that make you want to smoke. Try to avoid situations that lead to cigarette cravings, but if you can’t avoid them, have a plan ready for what you’ll do when the smoking craving strikes. What will you do to distract your mind? How will you keep your hands busy? Do you have cigarette replacements ready, like straws or sugar-free gum? Use Monday to brainstorm and prepare.
2. On Monday, if you already have your plan in place, use it as an opportunity to reflect back on your previous week. How did you do with your smoking cessation? Did you have any slips? What would you do differently for the next week? Use Monday as the day to get back on track each week.
3. Monday is also a day to celebrate! Are you another week free from tobacco? Use Monday as the day to reward yourself for your progress.
4. Talk to a supportive friend, Quit Buddy, or cessation counselor on Monday. Check-in with them about your progress and talk about what your goals for your next smoke-free milestone.
5. Join the conversation on Twitter or Facebook. Check out the latest Monday tip and connect with the community of quitters who understand your struggles and can give you good advice for how to stay smoke-free. Share your best advice as well!
“Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire, which transcends everything.” – Napoleon Hill