Top 10 Quit Tips
- Choose a Quit Date
Setting a date helps you take action and make a firm plan. It’s a step ahead of thinking about quitting someday soon.
- Register for ManitobaQuits 2017
It is easy and accessible – you can register by phone, mail or on this website – contest details will be available in February 2017
- Consider Stop Smoking Medications
Stop smoking aids, like nicotine replacement therapy products and quit medications can double or even triple a person’s success rate. Talk to your physician, pharmacist or Smokers’ Helpline Quit Specialist to see whether this is an option for you. Some people have also achieved success with alternative therapies, such as hypnosis.
- Change Your Daily Routine
Tobacco is a part of your daily routine and lifestyle, so change the routine. Take a different route to work, have coffee breaks with non-smokers, avoid situations where you know other smokers are going to be, and make your home and vehicle tobacco-free.
- Get Support from Family and Friends
Let your family and friends know what they can do to help you: Do you want them to ask how you’re doing, or would you rather not talk about it? Ask them to be kind if you’re cranky. Sharing experiences with people who are also quitting can help you – and them. Smokers’ Helpline is also a great place to reach out to when you need encouragement!
- Prepare for Withdrawal & Cravings
If you anticipate the challenges, like nicotine withdrawal and cravings, you can prepare some coping strategies to get you through. Remember, cravings come in waves and last only about three minutes – so practice the 5Ds (Delay, Do something else, Deep breatheg, Drink water, Dial a friend) and ride it out.
- Change Your Eating Habits
Stock up on fruits and vegetables, prepare them for a quick snack, and you’ll have something to reach for when you get a craving. Keep baby carrots, celery, grapes and apples at hand when you read or watch TV. Drinking ice water will also help keep the cravings at bay.
- Participate in Regular Physical Activity
Physical activity can be very helpful when you are trying to quit smoking. Smokers are less likely to be physically active, and people who are physically active are less likely to smoke.
- Reward Yourself
Quitting smoking is a BIG DEAL! So acknowledge that and give yourself rewards as you reach your goals. Start a money jar or a freedom account and set aside the money you’ll save by quitting. Think of what you can do with all the money you’re not spending on tobacco!
- Believe in Yourself!
Studies of tobacco users who successfully quit confirm one of the most important elements to success is believing that YOU CAN DO IT!
For more information on quitting smoking, take a look at this Quit Therapies PDF