Do you have friends who have already tried to quit smoking? Have they shared tips and advice of what was helpful (or hurtful) during their journey? Everyone’s quit story is unique and no one tip will help every person quit smoking, but listening to what did or didn’t work for your friends and loved ones may help you form your own quit plan.
As always, Quitter’s Circle is also here with tips and recommendations to help you stay away from smoking cigarettes. Planning ahead with your Quit Kit and circle of supporters may help you make the most out of these tips and stick to your quit.
Whether you’re going to try something new, switch something up, or plan alternatives to cigarettes, use the tips below as fun quitspiration to get you prepared for your quitting journey.
Try Something New
- Do you smoke within 5 minutes of waking up? If so, try something new: add exercise to your morning routine! It’s a great, healthy start to your day. As a bonus, notice how exercising and breathing feel easier the longer you’re smokefree! Whether your exercise routine involves walking, jogging, yoga or lifting weights, make sure to consult your health care provider before starting a new exercise plan.
- Dodging sweets and alcohol can help you stay on the path to a healthier you, and may help you avoid urges to smoke. Pick up water, nuts, and fruit! Trying these items instead of soda and candy may also help you curb any weight gain that might come from quitting smoking.
Switch Something Up
- If you smoke during or after eating breakfast, switch something up! Try some new, healthy breakfast foods to help you break out of any morning smoking routines. Your senses of taste and smell may improve after you quit - who knows what delicious dishes you'll want to try!
- Do you smoke while driving? Whether you’re on your way to work or a friend’s house, switching up your usual routes may help you avoid urges to smoke in familiar spots. Bonus: You might see a new side of town. Since it’s not possible to smoke while your mouth is open, you can also try singing along to the radio!
- Picking up a cigarette and placing it between your lips may have become a familiar part of your day. Next time, tackle the urge by finding something else to help keep your mouth busy! Toothpicks, sunflower seeds and sugar-free gum are great options to satisfy the need to engage your mouth.
- The urge to smoke will pass in approximately 5 minutes, whether you smoke or not. So, when you feel the urge to smoke, pick up a book, craft or game (or all three), to help you pass the time. This is where a Quit Kit can come in handy – keep distractions on hand for those tough moments.
Some of these tips to help quit may be more useful to you than others, and that’s normal. What’s important is that you keep trying until you find ones that work for your quit journey!
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