They’ve Got Your Back
Sunday, November 25, 2012
No doubt about it, quitting smoking is hard. Having a good support system can make quitting easier. Family, friends, and co-workers can help you. But you need to tell them what’s going on with you and what you need from them. Be specific. Do you want them to:
Research shows that people who have close friends and family they can count on are happier and healthier. While some smokers are able to quit on their own, many need support to become and remain smokefree. It’s OK to ask for help. Call on those you care about (they care about you too!) in the good times and the bad.
Understand your change in mood?
Mood changes are common after you quit smoking. Give the people around you a heads up about where you are in your smokefree journey. Let them know this stage will pass.
Ask friends and family to come up with ways to distract you or do things together when cravings hit. It might take only a few minutes of texting, going for a walk, or talking about weekend plans until the craving passes.
Celebrate your smokefree success?
Staying smokefree for a day, a week, or a year is reason to celebrate. A “Bravo!” in a phone call or a “Way to go!” in a text message can help you stay motivated and working toward the next smokefree milestone.
Quit with you?
Quitting with a buddy can make the smokefree journey easier for each of you. If somebody close to you smokes, ask him or her to quit with you. If they’re not ready to quit, ask them not to smoke when you’re together.