So, having carefully considered the upsides and the downsides, you're still determined to stop smoking...well done, Stop4Life is here to help!
Research shows that you're actually four times more likely to quit successfully if you have the proper support from a service like ours.
Contact us to arrange an appointment, and in the meantime, here are some tips that can make stopping smoking easier for you:
- Don't worry about coping with the weeks ahead, just take it one hour at a time. The hours will quickly turn into days, and the days into weeks.
- Your smoking may have been strongly associated with certain activities and times of day. So change your routine to dodge those moments of strong craving.
- Keep yourself occupied to distract you from thinking about smoking.
- Making it clear to everyone that you're stopping smoking, so that they support you and don't tempt you by offering you cigarettes or some people may prefer not to tell anyone they are stopping smoking.
- Getting rid of your smoking gear: lighter, ashtrays - and, of course, your cigarettes! Not only will this help you to avoid temptation, but the very act of binning the stuff will help to strengthen your resolve.
Some people (though not all) may put on weight when they stop smoking. The cause is actually quite wholesome: because your taste buds are working properly, you begin to get more enjoyment from food - and naturally, you eat more of it!
The trick is, not to let your increased appetite give you an excuse to start smoking again.
- Drink plenty of water and when you feel peckish, choose fruit rather than sweet or fatty food. Try making up a fruit salad at the beginning of each day - you'll find it more tasty and satisfying than eating whole fruits.
- Take more exercise. Walk upstairs instead of taking the lift - get off the bus a stop earlier - go for a brisk walk at lunchtime. Better still, take up a new sport or activity. That way, you'll have an extra reason not to start smoking again!
- Nicotine Replacement Therapy can help prevent you from putting on weight when you quit.