12 Ways to Stay Focused on Being Smokefree

Saturday, November 24, 2012

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Are you ready for the benefits of a smokefree life? Trying to quit is the first step! There will be times when you might want to slip back into your old habits.

Here are some tips to help you stay on track, even when things get tough:

  1. Do some research.

    Read about how to quit smoking. Think about how it might work for you.

  2. Reflect on your goals.

    Spend time remembering your reasons for wanting to stop smoking.

  3. Remember, you’re in charge.

    Tell yourself that you can choose to smoke or not. Tell yourself that you can quit smoking. Make a promise to yourself to not smoke.

  4. Think about your health.

    Take the warnings of health hazards and illnesses caused by smoking seriously. They can happen to you.

  5. Consider Mother Nature.

    Think about the harm to the earth that is caused by smoking (like cigarette butts on the ground, air pollution, the number of trees used to make cigarettes, and forest fires).

  6. Reach out to your BFF.

    Have at least one person you can count on, be open with, and who will listen to you about your experiences with quitting smoking.

  7. Remove smoky reminders.

    Take things out of your home and work that remind you of smoking, like ashtrays, matches, and lighters. Replace them with things that remind you NOT to smoke, like a list of your reasons for quitting, or a picture of your family.

  8. Be ready when a craving strikes.

    Instead of smoking, find things to do with your hands. Think about something else. Be active. Choose a healthy way to relax or deal with stress. Drink cold water. Whatever works for you.

  9. Notice how much the public supports non-smokers.

    Notice the “No Smoking” signs wherever you go and how many non-smokers are all around you. About 80% of people don’t smoke, so it’s easier to be a non-smoker.

  10. Label yourself as a non-smoker.

    Labeling yourself as such will remind you of who you are and how important it is to be smokefree. Think about how happy you will be when you quit.

  11. Treat yourself like a winner.

    Reward yourself when you don’t smoke. Choose a favorite meal, a funny movie, or a hot shower to help relax and stay smokefree.

  12. Feel the love.

    Ask people around you to encourage you to feel good about yourself when you don’t smoke. Welcome their rewards.

 

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