So, it’s that time of the year again when if you are a smoker, you might be thinking about the 28 day challenge of not smoking for 28 days.
You might have tried it a couple of years ago, been smoke free for a couple of days, had an argument and the only solution to the argument was to have a cigarette.
You might have tried again last year, lasted a couple of weeks last time, apart from those few drinks round a friends house and having a couple, cos its only a couple, and I can start again tomorrow, but never seem to have got round to it, because Christmas and New year were only round the corner so it was pointless.
However, you gave it a go both times and learnt from each attempt. Maybe you can have another go again this year.
Maybe if that quit attempt was a bit better planned and things were put in place to help this time.
A planned quit attempt always works so much better.
Distraction techniques when thinking about cigarettes, tidy a draw, clean a window, read a book, use a hand cream, manicure your nails.
Breathing exercises really work as they mimic the inhalation and exhalation of smoking and has a very calming effect
If you are stressed, a change of scenery helps, that’s why people say going out for a cigarette calms them down, it is the going out that calms not the cigarette.
Work towards a goal, what is your main motivation for stopping? Health, money, family?
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Alison Plastow, Stop Smoking Practitioner
October 1, 2020