Many people try to quit smoking and fail… over and over again. This guide will take you through some successful ways to quit smoking.
Successful quitters have support
Having a support network is crucial when you’re trying to quit.
Friends and family are important, but even more helpful can be people who are also quitting or have successfully done so. So, find a local support group and not only help yourself, but find strength in helping others.
Successful quitters use nicotine withdrawal aids
Products like THRIVE nicotine gums and lozenges have been proven to be highly effective in gradually reducing cravings. In fact, when used as directed, they can double your chances of quitting successfully vs willpower alone.*
Successful quitters get creative
Alternative methods for managing your mental and physical health can be very helpful. Hypnosis is a state of deep concentration that helps to reduce the desire to smoke. Meditation helps to relax the body and mind, increase focus, and boost energy levels. Even adopting a new hobby can fill your time positively while taking your mind off of cigarettes. Get creative and adopt a strategy that suits you best.
Successful quitters have a plan
When you have a plan, you’re more likely to stay focused on your goal.
First, establish clear reasons for why you’re quitting. For example, are you working towards a future goal such as running in a marathon? Has a health issue emerged? Getting into a daily routine of writing down your reasons to quit helps to emotionally reaffirm them. Also, write down what your triggers are and your solutions to avoid them. Do you associate smoking cigarettes with certain actions, like having coffee? Plan ahead and try to break your old routines. Finally, don’t forget to reward yourself. If you’ve gone all day without smoking, treat yourself to a piece of dark chocolate or some of your favourite fruit.
* Doubles your chances of quitting vs. placebo. Behavioural support programs increases chances of success. Many people require several quit attempts to stop smoking. Products are part of an 8-12 week program.