By stopping smoking you are removing an enormous cause of stress from your life – you no longer have to worry about when your next cigarette will be.
Making small changes to your daily routine can help you avoid some of the cravings that may occur during your quit attempt.
|Buying cigs when filling the car up with petrol||Change your petrol station – 'pay at pump|
|Socialising with friends||Try to avoid socialising with other smokers until you feel confident to say NO! Change your usual choice of drink to break associations|
|Breaks at work||Bring something to read, take a walk or phone a friend/relative to distract yourself. Buy yourself something special to eat for dinner with the money you've saved|
|When I'm on the phone||Keep a pad and pen, or colouring in books by the phone to keep your hands busy.|
|Boredom||Is just a state of mind – occupy yourself!|
|After meal times||Do washing up straight away, brush your teeth, or rinse with cold mouthwash, chew gum, sip iced water/fruit juice, go for a walk...|
|Watching the TV||Where you would ordinarily keep an ashtray, keep SNACKS!! Chopped up fruit, vegetables, popcorn etc... great for keeping your hands and mouth busy!!|
|When I'm in the car||Sing! Keep a supply of sweets - particularly lollipops/mints/gum/boiled sweets (sugar free)|
|First thing in the morning||Change routine- take a shower, eat a healthy breakfast, drink fresh fruit juice – whatever works for you|