Strategies to help you quit
There may be times when you feel that your addiction is too hard to overcome. It can be hard, especially in those first few days and weeks, but you can do it.
No matter how tough it gets, you can get through this.
Here are a few tips and tricks to help you keep on track in the early days of quitting:
- Have sugar free gum or mints handy for when cravings hit.
- Avoid caffeinated beverages (like coffee and soft drinks) and alcohol.
- Keep healthy snacks handy.
- Clean anything that might smell like cigarette smoke, like your carpets, sheets, car, and curtains.
- At first, stay away from places where there might be smoking, like bars, pubs and outdoor smoking areas. Alternatively, go to a smoke free venue or take a non-smoking friend for support.
- Exercise! Keeping physically active, whether on your own or with friends can be a great distraction and good for you.
- Get your teeth cleaned.
- Change your routine to help break the habit. If you have a cigarette:
- first thing in the morning, have a shower first instead
- with your morning tea, instead read a magazine, go for a walk, sit in a different place or with different people instead
- Plan how you will say ‘no’ if you are offered a cigarette. Don’t let others pressure you.
- Congratulate yourself every time you resist the urge to smoke.
- Reward yourself with the money you have saved…see a movie or have a meal out.
- Remember why you quit. Write it down, carry it with you and read it when you need to.
- Call Quitline. Quitline counsellors are a great source of support and information at every stage of quitting. Give Quitline a call on 13 7848 or request a call back.