Your Quit Date is coming up, and you’re ready to give up cigarettes. Whether you’ve tried to quit before or are starting the quitting journey for the first time, there are many steps you can take to prepare for a successful quit. Quitter’s Circle is here to serve as a resource to guide you through the journey!
Take a look at our recommendations below, and use what works for you as you prepare to quit smoking. Remember, it may take a few tries to figure out what works best for you, but these topics can help you get started.
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Understand Why You Smoke:
You may have tried to quit smoking before, or you may have heard from other quitters - quitting smoking is difficult. Having a grasp on your personal experience with smoking may help you plan for road blocks along the way.
- Understanding why it’s hard to quit smoking can help you create a quit plan that works for you. You may already know that:
- Seeking support from a healthcare provider that includes counseling and medication, can give you a better chance of quitting.
- Recognizing where, when, and why you smoke in order to switch up your routines may help you avoid urges to smoke while you’re trying to quit.
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Prepare a Quit Plan:
Once you understand why you smoke, work with your squad to create a quit plan that is tailored to your quit smoking needs. Choose a Quit Day, align with your support team and prepare for any urges. Soon, you’ll be on your way.
- Like many things, it helps to have a [quit] plan. A Quit Plan can help you stay focused and prepare you for setbacks that may arise throughout your journey.
- Your doctor can help make sure the plan is right for you. Prepare questions ahead of time, and be ready to answer their questions honestly. This will help them support you in the best way possible. They may advise you to:
- Set a Quit Date. It may seem daunting right now, but there is a day in the future where you could be smokefree. Pick a Quit Date that gives you ample time to prepare for...
- The right time to quit smoking. Added stressors can make it hard to have a successful quit, so pick a date that can help set you up for success.
- Bust those quit smoking myths: Don’t be worried about expenses, weight gain, willpower, or multiple quit attempts – this quit can be the one.
- Build a support team and let your supporters know that although you may not be your best self as you start your quit, their encouragement can help you stay strong. Clue them in to your favorite quit smoking snacks and distractions, and ask them to help you set up smokefree rewards for your quitting milestones.
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It’s normal to feel nervous as you approach Quit Day. Though quitting is tough, there are so many benefits to look forward to. Think about the reasons you’re quitting and plan for success. You’ve prepared for this day – you’ve got this.
- Think about the health benefits that can occur after you quit smoking – you could be on your way to a healthier you.
- Quitting smoking can also save you money – so get excited about what you may be able to buy once you’re smokefree.
- Are people doubting your ability to quit smoking? Don’t let their negativity weigh you down. Prepare to stick to your quit despite any hesitations.
- Getting over your own “buts” can be just as difficult, but put those fears aside.
- Set rewards for quitting milestones, and go into your journey with success in mind!
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Now that you’ve completed your preparations and you’re ready to quit smoking, good luck! Let us know how your quit journey is going by commenting on our Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram social communities.