Quitting? 6 New Habits to Create to Replace Smoking

Saturday, November 24, 2012

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If you’ve been smoking for a long time, or even for just a few months, it’s probably become a big part of your life. Starting today, on your quit day, you may want to create some new habits.

Here are some new things to try:

  1. Be active!

    It’s hard to smoke and do these things at the same time:

    • Jogging

    • Playing tennis

    • Bike riding

    • Shooting baskets

    • Walking your dog

    • Yoga

  2. Keep your hands busy. 

    Do crossword puzzles or needlework. Paint. Do woodworking, gardening, or household chores. You can also write a letter or paint your nails.

  3. Enjoy having a clean tasting mouth. 

    Brush your teeth often and use mouthwash.

  4. Stretch. 

    Take a stretch when you’re tempted to reach for a cigarette.

  5. Take breaks. 

    There are natural breaks even during a busy day—after dinner, first thing in the morning, or just before bed. Set aside this time for the activities that satisfy you and mean the most to you.

  6. Get plenty of rest. 

    You’ll need to rest and get plenty of good sleep while you get used to your smokefree lifestyle. Try taking naps when you can or just sitting in a quiet spot to relax or meditate with your eyes closed.

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