Stop-Smoking Plan
admin February 19, 2017 No Comments

Pick the date you will begin your life as a non-smoker using a stop-smoking plan.  Be realistic about the timing of your date (the day before a big presentation at work or an exam at school is probably not the most advantageous date). Be sure to have plenty of self-nourishing and encouraging activities in place to ensure your path of success.

Here are a few suggestions for Your Stop-Smoking Plan:

  • Take all cigarette butts for two weeks prior to quitting and put in a jar with water. When the urge arises, open the jar and take a deep breath to help with Your Stop-Smoking Plan!
  • Never skip meals. Your body needs energy.
  • But be sure to snack smart: celery, carrot sticks, nuts, and seeds. Munchies keep your mouth busy,
  • Increase exercise to get the endorphins going.
  • Stay away from triggers – smoking hangouts and smoking-break buddies.
  • Get plenty of rest.  Set aside time for napping and relaxing. You’re allowed!
  • Take a QiGong/meditation/breathing class – for peace of mind, and to enjoy your lungs.
  • Collect all lighters, leftover packs of cigarettes, and ashtrays and toss ‘em.
  • Clean the home or car to celebrate your new beginning.
  • Commit to seeing supportive friends and relatives. Put them on your calendar.
  • Call yourself a non-smoker.
  • Enjoy yourself. Call on friends when you feel low. Go to the movies and try new activities. Again, put these on your calendar to force yourself not to “wimp out.”
  • Think positive: Focus not on what you’re giving up, but what you’re gaining.
  • Write it down! Write down “I want to be a lifelong non-smoker” or “I can change my behavior.” Say it enough times and you’ll start to believe it.
  • Keep a list of reasons why you want to be a non-smoker visible in your house, in the car or at work.
  • Avoid tempting situations (i.e. your favorite smoking chair.)
  • Join a support group or ask friends for additional support. Quitting is tough stuff; don’t go at it alone.
  • Use other stress-relieving activities: a relaxing bath, music, reading, walking, massage, QiGong or acupuncture.