Unfortunately, smokers also know how tough it can be to kick this habit. Here are 5 ways to ease yourself into your “Quit Day.”
Step 1: Be Specific
Once you’ve decided to quit smoking, set a date and develop a plan. Visit smokefree.gov or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW for help picking a plan that works for you.
Step 2: Solo = No Go
Quitting is easier with the support of family and friends. Tell them you’ve decided to quit, and give them specific ways in which they can be helpful. Seek out friends who have quit successfully and ask what worked for them.
Step 3: Keep busy
Replace smoking with healthy habits like exercise or active socializing. Make plans with non-smoking friends. And keep your mouth busy too: try chewing sugarless gum.
Step 4: Avoid triggers
Stay away from people, places and things that make you want to smoke. Throw out cigarettes, lighters and ashtrays, and frequent spots like restaurants where smoking is prohibited.
Step 5: Celebrate little victories
Your ultimate goal may be forever, but reward yourself for reaching mini-milestones like one smoke-free day, five days, one month etc.