If you’re like most of us, the list you put together in anticipation of the year ahead includes changes you’ve tried to make before. Quit smoking, lose weight, save money…the things we most want to change in our lives are often elusive and left unresolved, year after year after year.
Have you put any thought into how you’ll make your New Year’s resolutions really stick this time around? Wouldn’t it be nice to finally check off the Quit Smoking for New Year’s item on your list once and for all? What a nice thought! Here are some tips on how you can successfully quit smoking for good.
- Make an appointment with your healthcare provider. Your doctor can recommend medications that will help you through the process of quitting.
- Call the Wisconsin Tobacco Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT-NOW to get free quit tips plus free medication (800-784-8669).
- Get support. Tell your friends and family that you are going to quit smoking. If they smoke, ask them not to smoke around you or to quit with you.
- Clear the decks. Get rid of the things that remind you of smoking. Throw away all cigarettes, lighters and ashtrays.
- Dangle the financial carrot. Give yourself a financial incentive to quit by putting the money you would have spent on tobacco products in a glass jar. For pack-a-day smokers, this can be $1,500 a year or more! Watch your savings – and your resolve – grow.
- Make a plan and set a quit date. Give yourself some time to prepare before launching into your quit attempt. Make a list of all your reasons for quitting and put this list where you will see it often. Think about reasons you smoke or chew, including routines that trigger tobacco use, and brainstorm how to change those routines and avoid cues that prompt you to light up or dip. Mark your quit date on your calendar and get mentally prepared.
- Keep busy on your quit day. Change your routine. Plan a full day with enjoyable activities. Avoid alcohol because it can weaken your resolve. At the end of the day, do something (other than smoking) to celebrate.
- Replace cigarettes with alternatives like gum, cinnamon sticks, suckers, toothpicks or low-calorie snacks like carrots, celery and apples wedges.
- Start an exercise program. Taking a walk, doing aerobics and kickboxing or playing sports can take your mind off urges and remind you that quitting helps improve your lung capacity and overall health.