As another year passes by, you may be thinking about the resolutions you’d like to make for the upcoming year. Eating better, exercising more consistently, or spending more time with family are all great intentions to have. But if you’ve made New Year’s resolutions in the past, then you know: The hard part is turning resolutions into commitments.
What if we told you that one resolution could potentially help you keep the others? That’s right: Quitting smoking is a popular and important New Year's resolution for a healthier lifestyle. It could even help you keep other resolutions.
Read on to see which New Year’s resolutions may fall into place as you continue on your smokefree journey.
- Eating better – They say “you are what you eat,” so make sure you’re eating food that is good AND good for you! Making nutritious food that tastes good doesn’t have to be a chore – check out some great recipes for meals and snacks that have hearty ingredients that can help keep you full. As you quit smoking, you may notice your sense of smell and taste improving. This could make it easier to experiment with new, vegetable-based recipes.
- Learning new hobbies – Have you always wanted to juggle, crochet or garden? This could be the year to learn! You may find that when you quit smoking, some motivation and extra free time could be all you need to start learning. It takes about 6 minutes to smoke a cigarette — time you can now put into learning your new hobby. Plus, when you’re quitting smoking, it’s good to try new activities to keep your mind off cigarettes. Your new hobby resolution could be coming just in time!
- Exercising more – Adding exercise to your weekly routine is important to creating an all-around healthy body and lifestyle. Quitting smoking is also good for your health: You don’t get out of breath as easily and you have more energy to be active. Sounds like a rec league, gym membership, or a fun run!
- Spending more time with family – It can seem like there's never enough time in the day to do all the things you want to do, including spending time with your loved ones. But once you quit, the time you previously set aside to smoke can be used for family time. Added bonus: your family won’t be exposed to dangerous secondhand smoke. Now that’s real quality time!
- Managing stress better – Between stress at work and at home, it may be hard to relax. One of your resolutions may be finding a way to manage your stress. When quitting smoking, you should look to find ways to de-stress without having a cigarette. This could mean playing with a stress ball, writing in a journal, or going for a walk by yourself. You can always use your de-stressors from quitting smoking in your everyday life.
- Saving more money – Whether you’re saving for a trip, a college fund, home improvement project or just because, it is always nice to have a little extra cash. Quitting smoking can put some of that cash back in your pocket. At a national average of $6.28 per pack, cigarettes aren’t cheap — a pack a day smoker could potentially save over $2,200 a year. By this time next year, you could be resolving to spend that money on something fun!
- Getting organized – As you prepare to quit smoking, you may note the times and places you smoke, and the emotions you feel when you have an urge. Keeping track is a great organizational exercise. Also, creating a Quit Kit with items to help you get through urges to smoke will keep you organized and prepared for whatever comes your way.
- Traveling more – Having more money and more time could lead you to fulfill that wanderlust. Additionally, quitting smoking may make traveling easier – no more smoke breaks between connecting flights or paying more for hotel rooms with balconies. You’ll be able to take in new sights without your cigarettes littering the way.
- Living your healthiest life - Making healthy choices can help you make the most out of each day. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for your health, and there are health benefits to quitting smoking at nearly every age. Add those benefits to the time you could be spending with friends and loved ones, and you’ll be living a life to love indeed!
If you are resolved to become smokefree this New Year, Quitter's Circle is here to help. Happy New Year – here’s to a healthier, smokefree you!