Why Support Is Important When You Quit?

Sunday, November 25, 2012

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Quitting can be easier if you’re physically and mentally prepared to deal with it. Having support from friends, family, and romantic partners can help with that and has other benefits as well:

  • Improve your mood
    Mood changes are common after you quit smoking. Interacting with friends and family can help boost your mood and contribute to your overall well-being.

  • Offer distractions
    Most people experience cravings when they quit smoking. Call on your support system to help you think of ways to distract yourself or things you can do together to deal with cravings.

  • Celebrate your smokefree success
    Quitting is a big step! It’s something to celebrate and be proud of. Ask your friends and family to help you celebrate your smokefree successes (like throwing away your cigarettes, setting a quit date, or 3 days of smokefree-dom)!

  • Quit with you
    Does someone close to you smoke? Quitting can be easier with support, so ask them to quit with you.

  • Improve physical health
    Not only does quitting improve your health. But, having a great support system can boost your immune system and length and quality of life as well.

Having two (or three) supporters in your life is better than one. Leaning on others for support can help lighten the load—with quitting smoking and other life challenges. 

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