Verge and NiQuitin team up to give you 9 top tips to help you quit smoking for National No Smoking Day:
1. If itâ€™s that morning coffee and cigarette that youâ€™re reliant on, try replacing your coffee with a glass of fresh juice to be extra healthy! Â The key is to break the routine.
2. Set a quit date:Â Choosing a quit date like No Smoking Day (8thÂ March), will help get you mentally ready for the first day of the new you! Donâ€™t forget to set yourself a realistic timeline â€“ itâ€™s just not feasible to expect to quit overnight.Â If you break the overall goal into smaller steps and reward yourself when you achieve them, youâ€™re more likely to be successful giving up.
3. Track your triggers:Â Start a quitting diary to track how youâ€™re feeling and identify any craving triggers at each stage. This will help you identify the triggers that make you want to smoke and the things you do to stop the triggers so you can learn to change your daily routine.
4. Gather your cheerleaders:Your friends and family will be the most essential piece of support on your mission to quit. Let loved ones and friends know youâ€™re quitting and involve them so they can give you positive words of encouragement when you are struggling and Â congratulate you when you reach your goals.
5. Buddy up:Quit with a friend or partner, this means you can keep each other motivated, youâ€™re not in it alone and youâ€™ll always have someone to offer you words of encouragement.
6. Distraction:Keep busy, replace those cravings with a hobby or activity. This will keep your mind off the urges and temptations and also support to improve your total health.
7. Donâ€™t take on too much:Focus on quitting smoking as your only resolution, and treat the occasional lapse as just a temporary setback, rather than giving up completely.
8. Treat yourself:Â Save the money usually spent on buying cigarettes and you will be surprised how quickly it will add up. Use this money to treat yourself to a day out with friends
9. Speak to a health care professional:Â There isnâ€™t one solution that fits all, so get the support from a pharmacist or quit smoking advisors and find the right solution for you. There are lots of free resources and support available
NiQuitinÂ®Â products are available in most pharmacies and major supermarkets.
For more information please visit:Â www.NiQuitin.co.uk