10 Tips to Stop Smoking
We understand that quitting smoking is one of the biggest challenges you’ll face. These tips will help keep you motivated and on track.
Tip 1: Plan your quit.
Quitting smoking isn’t an easy task. Create a plan that works for you to help you reach your goal.
First, set a date! Choose a date to quit smoking and stick with it. It’s a great way to mentally prepare to stop smoking.
Tip 2: Remember why you decided to quit.
Make a list of all the reasons why you want to stop smoking and put it somewhere you’ll see it. When you feel like you want to give up, remind yourself of why you are doing this and keep going!
Tip 3: Use the money you save on cigarettes to treat yourself.
The average smoker spends around £5.20 a day on cigarettes, which is a whopping £156 a month*. Calculate how much you could save! Make sure you actually see the money you save. Set up a special account or just start a ‘quitting jar’, to store the saved cash. Then for the fun part - deciding how to spend it.
*Based on a pack of 20 cigarettes costing £9.40 and the average number of 11 cigarettes a day
Tip 4: Try Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).
When you stop smoking, nicotine withdrawal may make you feel irritable, anxious or down. NICORETTE® can help tackle these withdrawal symptoms so you can carry on with your day! Find the right product(s) for you.
Tip 5: Quit with a friend.
Grab a friend who also wants to quit. That way, you can keep each other motivated and you’ll know you’re not in it alone.
Tip 6: Identify what makes you crave a cigarette.
Strengthen your willpower by limiting or skipping triggers you commonly associate with smoking. Learn how to identify your triggers and get tips for conquering your cravings.
Tip 7: Keep busy to resist the urge to smoke.
Whenever you feel the urge to smoke, resist it by keeping busy. Cravings usually last 5-10 minutes so make a list of things to do in this time. For example, walk around the block, call a friend, tidy your desk or catch up on the news.
Tip 8: Work out the stress.
Physical activity is a great way of dealing with the stress of quitting. Walk, run, swim, or take up a new activity. Your lung capacity improves by as much as 10% nine months after you quit so you’ll be able to do more.
Tip 9: Lean on your loved ones.
Tell your friends and family that you’re trying to quit. They know what an incredible thing you are doing and will support you along the way! When you are struggling to keep it going, lean on them for encouragement!
Tip 10: Think positive.
At times you may want to pack it all in and have another cigarette. When this happens, take a moment to think of all the positives that come with being smoke-free. You could have more energy, better sense of taste and smell, healthier looking skin, whiter teeth and many more health benefits.