Take a look at your pack of cigarettes. You’ve been talking about quitting for a long time. Maybe you’ve looked into which quit plan you want to follow or even chosen a plan already. Now is the time to put that plan into action. No more thinking about it – this Monday is the day to make that pack of cigarettes your last one.
If you’re ready to make this Monday your Quit Day, here are a few thoughts to build your confidence when quitting:
Your health will immediately begin improving. When you consider all the benefits of quitting smoking, it will be easier to act on your plan to quit. Within days, your risk for heart attack decreases and your lung capacity increases. Your sense of smell and taste will also improve. These short-term improvements are a great motivation to get ready for Day One of your quit plan.
You have a plan. If you’ve mapped out your plan, you are already in a good position to quit smoking. Have you lined up things to distract you during cravings? Have you spoken to your doctor about nicotine replacement therapy? If you haven’t come up with a plan, have it ready for Monday, and refer to it every Monday after, so you can stay on track.
You have support. There is no reason to quit smoking alone. You can round up a quit buddy, someone who is also quitting who can keep you accountable or someone you know you can rely on. You can also let all your friends and family know that you’re quitting, perhaps on social media. If that’s not enough, you can join an online community of quitters by searching the hashtag #QuitMonday on Twitter.
Getting your quit plan in order is an important first step in quitting smoking, but it’s just the first step. It’s time to put your plan into action and quit now. Make Monday the day you officially quit smoking and recommit to your plan every Monday!