Staying smoke-free is much easier said than done.
Habits are hard to break, especially when those habits have taken up a huge part of life. Smokers often times succeed for a short time, only to fall back into old habits.
So how do we ensure that we remain smoke-free? The first step is to replace the smoking habit with something else.
Change up your habits. Instead of heading out for a smoke after each meal, try a different activity. Go for a walk with a friend or simply chew gum. Your mind is used to smoking after meals, so replacing that cue with something else is important for staying smoke-free.
Keep yourself distracted. Whenever boredom strikes, smokers will often times start wanting to smoke. The key is to always have a few distractions available for whenever the urge hits. Downloading a couple of entertaining games on your smartphone can be a great distraction for staying smoke-free. Exercising for a few minutes can also be a good way to keep your mind on something other than a cigarette. Check out this list of 101 things to do besides smoke for more ideas.
Ask for support. You don’t have to quit smoking on your own. Friends, family and co-workers can all help whenever needed – just ask them to support your decision to quit smoking. A trusted friend can check in with your every Monday to make sure you’re on track as well!
Find your why and write it down. Why do you want to be smoke-free? Find out the single most motivating thing you can think of and write it down. Posting it a place where you will see it often can help you stay motivated. How about a sticky note on your fridge?
And if you slip up don’t be down on yourself. There is always a Monday right around the corner to start fresh and give the smoke-free life another shot.
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