With the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us celebrate this holiday season away from friends and family. Just because you are not under the same roof as your loved ones doesn’t mean you can’t count on them to support you through your abandoned journey. A virtual check-in system allows you to use your personal social network as well as professional advice to get involved in your termination during the holidays and beyond.
But how do you create a virtual check-in system? First, write a short list of people you would like to check-in with every Monday. These can be friends, family members, or even coworkers or colleagues. If you start your week by reflecting on your progress with a friend, acquaintance, or professional, it is easy to turn it into a normal healthy routine.
We have developed a Monday check-in handout that you can use to discuss your weekly progress with your support system. Still don’t know who to contact? Here are some ideas to get you started:
Family friends – your friends and family want to help; It might be time to give them the opportunity. Grab it and ask them.
Friends system – Studies show that some people may have better success quitting with a buddy.
Online help – If you can’t find anyone in your immediate circles, visit websites like Get Ex, Smoke Free, or any other online chat group. At the very least, you can find a lively chat to join.
Professional support – 1-800-QUIT-NOW. Help is just a phone call away. Toll-free quitlines put you in touch with a trained coach in your state who can support and advise you immediately and free of charge.
Experts say having a network on challenging days is more effective than running it alone. Find Quit & Stay Quit Monday on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram for more ideas, suggestions, support and tips on how to quit smoking. Happy Holidays!