27 Jan Brave New Year – Quit smoking cigarettes
If you are planning to give up cigarettes in the future, I think that one of the most important tools in your quit toolbox is the art of distraction.
It is true, perhaps that the average smoker has an extra 1-2 hours in their day after giving up smoking. I guess there is a tendency to think in the beginning ‘what am I going to do with all this time?’ It takes a bit of getting used to, but I am sure you can find at least one cupboard that could use cleaning out and organising.
One thing that is easier to get used to, is what to do with all this extra money!! Put it away somewhere, so you can see it accumulate, and dip into it for treats and rewards, if you like!
Treats and rewards are important. You should be nice to yourself in small ways every day. Take a bath, eat out somewhere nice or get take away, buy yourself a magazine.
The king of all quit smoking tactics has to be distraction though. If you stay in your head and listen to all that ‘wanting a cigarette junk’ you are doomed. The moment you get into the world and do something else or talk to someone, those thoughts don’t have nearly the same power!
Drink lots of water too, because it flushes out the toxins and I think that my cravings are less on the days I drink lots and lots of water.
Good luck! Wish me luck! It is possible. 🙂 There are people out there who have quit for years and years. Do you want to be one of them? 🙂
Then there will probably be days like this, when no matter what you do, in every moment to yourself you think ‘I would really like a cigarette’ and on those days, I suppose there is nothing to do, but accept this and move on.
Your thoughts can come packaged with some fairly uncomfortable feelings at times, but they are not commands. They can’t make you DO anything 🙂