Turn Out the Light: How Lifelong Smokers Can Really Quit
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- Use free resources at your disposal: Our smoking cessation resource/quiz and various videos are packed with information and tips to get you closer to quitting. They’re both great ways to get you started on your journey quitting smoking.
- Enlist help: Between dealing with withdrawal symptoms and staying committed, quitting can be hard. Ask for friends and family to help keep you honest and on-track for the road ahead. If you don’t feel comfortable reaching out to someone you know, several hotlines are also available for anonymous support.
- Replace the habit: You know the moments when you are most likely to reach for a cigarette. Prepare for them by penciling in other activities so you feel less tempted. Say you always took an afternoon smoke break at work. Instead, plan on going for a walk with a coworker or browsing in a favorite nearby shop. It will give you something to look forward to instead of just sitting and wishing you were smoking.
- Focus on the little wins: Lifelong habits are often the hardest to break. Take your journey day by day and relish the little things that make you feel good, like having clothes that don’t smell and saving the money you would have spent on cigarettes.
- Eat right: Not only will a healthy diet give you energy and help you feel good, but studies show that certain foods and drinks, such as red meat and coffee, can make your cigarette cravings worse. Choose healthier options like chicken and green tea to help curb them.
- Be patient with yourself: Quitting smoking is one of the toughest things to do, so don’t beat yourself up if you fall off the wagon. The key is to keep trying again, no matter what.