6 tips to help quit smoking Oh yes… the number one challenge after new years… Do you want a little support in getting it done this time? How happy would you be, no longer longing for one of those burning sticks? Check out these 6 tips to make it a little easier on yourself!
1. Tell everyone that you have quit
If you tell everyone you know, that you have quit smoking, you will feel more obligated to stick to it. You will hate to fail and having to deal with everyone individually that it did not work, so that will create a barrier to grab another one. Also, maybe a friend of yours planned on quitting as well and this will be the perfect opportunity to team up in quitting.
2. Brush your teeth when you get a craving
This works for both losing weight and quitting smoking. Whenever you feel the desire coming up, go brush your teeth. The menthol will give you a nice fresh feeling and also it will hold back your appetite. Smoking suppresses hunger and craving for foods, so when you quit, make sure you find things to replace it with. Nothing better then a fresh smile!
3. Have something in your hand
Of course you will try to totally eliminate the moments that you will be around other people who smoke. But sometimes it is just inevitable and you have no choice but to join them. Whenever you have to be around smokers, make sure you have something in your hand to distract you from the familiar feeling of having a cigarette in your hand. A drink works nicely, also you can actually put this to your mouth and take a sip every now and then, something very close to smoking.
4. Meet at no smoking areas
If you have to meet with people, find places where smoking is not allowed. Don’t make it hard on yourself, avoid it! It will seem so easy to „just not do it” while other people around you are doing it… Yes you can do it, you can stand it, but its easier to just avoid it all together.
5. Play break instead of smoke break
Oh most of us don’t just go for the smoke only for the smoke itself. We go to have a little break. Only for that little smoke we allow ourselves to step away from that desk and relax for a few minutes. Well guess what, you can take a different kind of break, don’t worry it is allowed! Hang out at the coffee machine instead of the smoking area. Or if you are by yourself and need distraction.. find yourself one of those quick quick games that you can do within a few minutes, like Bejeweled or Candy Crush .. or Tetris.. for old time’s sake. Anything to keep your mind of that smoke!
6. Just 30 days, eaassyy
It takes approximately 30 days for a new habit to fully get into your system. So basically.. all you have to do to really quit smoking, is convincing yourself to at make it through 30 days. By the time you reach the 30th day, you are going to be pretty much used to it. Done! For now… Then find out how to snooze old triggers to get rid of smoking for ever.