It’s a popular month to say goodbye to smoking with the Stop Smoking for October (or ‘Stoptober’ campaign), run by the NHS.
Here at Rise & Shine, we can’t wait to get our app live (you know, the one we’re Crowdfunding for soon) 😉 as it will feature ‘Stop Smoking’ wake-up-audio for anyone wanting to stop smoking – but in the meantime, here’s 7 Stoptober tips and resources (thanks to a little help from) https://www.nhs.uk/smokefree/why-quit/quit-smoking-tips and https://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/
- Prepare for the day you quit and avoid temptation – choose a quit date that’s unlikely to be stressful and make sure you don’t have any cigarettes, lighters or matches on you. Avoid the pub or other places where people around you might be smoking.
- Remember all the reasons why you’re quitting:
- Feeling great
- Reduced health risks
- Extra money in your pocket
- Improved breathing and general fitness
- Fresher breath
- An improved sense of smell and taste
- Less stress and anxiety
- Cleaner lungs and a stronger heart
- Try distractions: talk to someone – call a friend or relative to get some support. Go for a brisk walk – this will help clear your head and lungs or, try a change of scenery – just moving to another room can help, or step outside and get some fresh air.
- Last but not least, remember there’s never “just one” cigarette. Keep busy, and if you find a certain time of day hard, try a new routine. You CAN do it!
- Get support on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NHSSmokefree
- Give Yourself a Break!
One reason people smoke is that the nicotine helps them relax. Once you quit, you’ll need new ways to unwind. There are many options. You can exercise to blow off steam, tune in to your favorite music, connect with friends, treat yourself to a massage, or make time for a hobby. Try to avoid stressful situations during the first few weeks after you stop smoking. https://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/ss/slideshow-13-best-quit-smoking-tips-ever
- Avoid Alcohol and Other Triggers
When you drink, it’s harder to stick to your no-smoking goal. So try to limit alcohol when you first quit. Likewise, if you often smoke when you drink coffee, switch to tea for a few weeks. If you usually smoke after meals, find something else to do instead, like brushing your teeth or chewing gum.
Good luck with Stoptober, and all your other life goals!
Rise & Shine