Friday, May 31, 2013

Tips to Call it Quits

Tips to Call it Quits

Making the decision to quit smoking is life changing.  You will improve your health and quality of life, as well as save yourself some cash.  However, quitting isn’t easy, so here are a few tips to get you started:

Change your attitude- In order to quit smoking, you have to want to.

Make a Plan- set a date within the next few weeks when you want to be officially smoke free.  Set rewards for reaching certain goals and know the actions you are going to take.  Having things laid out makes it easier for you to see progress. 

Tell People- by telling people you are putting yourself in a mind-set of expectation, making you more likely to reach your goals.

Find Distractions- find a new hobby or activity that keeps your mind off smoking.  Go for a run or hike, take up knitting…anything to keep your mind off of it.  Many people that are trying to quit use sunflower seeds as a distraction as well. 

Wait for the urge to pass- studies show that urges normally last about 3 minutes.  Take a deep breath and focus on something else, and before you know it you won’t want the cigarette anymore. 

Monitor your urges- When you crave a cigarette, it’s normally in response to something.  By recognizing those emotions, you can find something else that you can rely on. 

Smoking doesn’t have to control your life.  Take the steps to quit and become a healthier, happier you. 

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