The first step in going cigarette free is choosing your day to quit. Many people opt for a symbolic day of rest such as a birthday or New Year’s Eve. The problem with these choices is that they only show up on your calendar once or twice a year.
So why choose Monday instead? Using Monday as your day to quit and quit gives you 52 ways to re-engage in your tobacco cessation plan.
To increase the chances of a successful completion, it is important that you create a roadmap so that you can stay focused and on the right track. Do you need some ways to get started? Here are four quick tips to help you achieve your goals:
Setting a Date – Setting a finish date on your calendar creates a sense of mental readiness and commitment.
- Spread the word – don’t be afraid or nervous about telling your friends and family. Take pride in your promise to quit. Explaining your intentions is also a great way to stick with your resignation as it increases your accountability. You can also commit to quitting by joining one of the many available online smoking cessation support groups hosted through social networks, public health programs, or community organizations
- Be Prepared – Why Do You Want To Smoke? If you have a regular cigarette at certain times of the day, put some things in place to keep yourself occupied in case of cravings. Take a walk, have a healthy snack, drink water, call a friend, or contact a professional. Have an answer ready so you don’t get caught off guard.
- Remember Your Motivation – Make a note of every reason you quit, then choose the most important one that you have with you throughout the day. Read the reminder whenever you feel like it, especially when a desire or trigger surprises you.
Don’t forget that every Monday you can take the opportunity to re-commit to your quitting plan or reset it in case you slip. You made a good choice when you decided to quit smoking. Use this as motivation to stop and quit!
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