Making Positive Changes in Your Life After Quitting Smoking
Below are some of the most common and helpful strategies people use
to get through the tough period of
Make a list of your
smoking triggers. It is wiser to avoid triggers after
you have quit smoking than to tempt yourself too soon. If you cannot avoid
them early on, be cautious when they are present.
Identify areas and
activities where you are least likely to smoke, and use them when you have the
urge to smoke. Add these alternatives to your
Pursue a new hobby, checking out a book from the library on a topic that interests you, or take a class at the community college.
Start some new
physical activity. Exercise might help you quit smoking. It doesn't take long
after you stop smoking before you will notice that you can breathe more easily
when you walk, jog, swim, or ride a bike. For tips on starting an exercise
program and eating right, see the topic Fitness.
Continue to meet or talk weekly, and then monthly, with
one of your support people.
Reward yourself at special
anniversaries of your quit date, such as 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and 1
year. Figure out how much money you have saved by not smoking, and spend that
amount, or part of it, on something special for yourself.
Other helpful tips to stay smoke-free:
Manage the stress
in your life. It's impossible to completely avoid stress, but you can learn to
control it or reduce it. This will help you remain strong when you're tempted
to start smoking again. To learn ways to manage stress, see the topic Stress
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