A little preparation now can make a big difference when the time comes to give up smoking.
Understand your reasons whyYou might be doing it for family and friends, but the chances are you’re doing it for yourself because you know it’s time to move on and leave your smoking days behind. Ultimately you need the reasons clear in your head for the maximum chance of success. It might really help if you write them down now and put them where you’ll see them every day. Perhaps you could carry a copy with you in the place you would normally carry your cigarettes.
Next, write down what you think will be your biggest obstacles to quitting - stress at work perhaps, or social situations. Challenges like these are the ones that you can track in your own individually tailored plan if you join Nicabate QuitPartner.
Preparing the best way to quitThink about all the situations that usually lead you to smoke. Maybe it’s when you have coffee, after a meal, or when you’re at the pub with friends. If you know where you'll be when you crave a cigarette, you can keep healthy snacks or sugar-free chewing gum on hand to keep the cravings at bay. For the first few days after you give up, it’s a good idea to avoid tempting situations altogether.
Decide on a datePicking the day you want to be smoke-free by is an important step, and one you have every right to feel great about taking. Think about how you are going to quit and set your date accordingly:
If your motivation is high and you’re ready to give up all your cigarettes at once, then you should select an abrupt quit. Make the date you pick an ordinary one when you don't have anything unusual happening. If you’re anxious about quitting and would prefer to reduce your cigarettes before you quit, then you should select the Nicabate QuitPartner PRE-QUIT plan. When you’ve made your decision, make sure you’ve got plenty of Nicabate Lozenges, Patches, Gum or Minis – depending on the option you’ve chosen - to see you through.
Say goodbye to the pastGetting rid of all your cigarettes, ashtrays, matches and lighters is a really good idea. Chuck out everything that will remind you of your old life as a smoker. Then give your home a really good clean to get rid of the smell of smoke.
Tell your family, friends and workmatesThat way, they’ll be able to give you extra support. Having someone you can turn to when things get tough can help keep you motivated.
Now think further ahead: visualise yourself as a non-smokerThink about yourself not smoking in everyday situations where you normally would. You’ll feel better and your clothes will smell better! Run through how you’ll cope with the temptation. Get ready to start thinking of yourself as a non-smoker. It feels good, right? Well, stick with what you’re doing right now and this visualization will be reality!