THRIVE gums and lozenges are proven to help smokers quit or cut back. To help maximize your chances of success, pair them with these 10 healthy, habit-breaking techniques.
1. Reward yourself
Use the money you would spend on cigarettes to treat yourself. Shop for a new outfit, have a meal with friends, or buy tickets to see your favourite band. It’ll give you something to look forward to when temptation strikes.
2. Spot the triggers
A smoke in one hand, a cup of coffee or pint in the other. Sound familiar? Be aware of the things that prompt you to smoke, so you can prepare yourself when they’re around. Keep THRIVE gums and lozenges on hand to help stop your triggers from tempting you to smoke.
3. Stay positive
It’s easy to constantly think about smoking when you’re trying to quit. When you feel tempted, think about something else—a nice memory from the past or friends you’re going to see in the future.
4. Eat sensibly
Cigarette cravings can feel just like food cravings, so you may be tempted to reach for junk food when you cut back. If you feel like a snack, reach for healthy choices like fresh fruit or vegetables. They’ll help you beat your cravings by filling you up with vitamins and nutrients.
A walk, run, or trip to the gym can help you shed some of the stress that comes with quitting. Get moving when a craving comes to ditch some withdrawal symptoms quickly.
6. Distract yourself
Get up, go for a walk, brush your teeth, play a game on your computer or phone… whatever it takes to help clear your brain of thoughts of smoking.
7. Reach out for support
Let your family, friends, and coworkers know that you’re trying to cut back. They’ll give you the encouragement you need to stay smoke-free.
8. Don't stress
The relaxed feeling a cigarette brings may be one reason you smoke. Do your best to avoid stressful situations, especially in your first weeks of quitting.
9. Make a plan and stick to it
Write down why you want to cut back and set goals, whether it be quitting altogether or just reducing the number of cigarettes you smoke per day or week.
10. Don't do it alone
Cutting back with a friend will give you someone to vent to when you need support, plus you’ll have an understanding partner.