Stop smoking in the holidays? This is the best some people can do!
Many smokers can’t stop themselves from smoking. When they take the decision to stop smoking, there is always a time element. You always have a reason for yourself so as not to stop smoking. If you are the kind of person who always says ‘this just isn’t the time’ and keep the whole idea on the back burner, mentioned later are some stories and ideas that change rationalization completely – and it works!
If you are willing to stop smoking there are two important things you got to do; to make your hand unavailable and your mind diverted from cigarettes. You can do some housework, but take care from the scenario of: hey, why don’t I have a smoke with a cup of coffee? As a smoker you have ‘triggers’ that keep smoking on top of your mind and consciousness. There is also the known after-meal smoke. It’s important to know all of your triggers so as not to fall and give up your non-smoking plan.
In holidays most of the time you are busy doing things like decoration, setting menu, shopping and gift wrapping and many other things. There is also the cleaning task that might be accumulated, and straightening up linen closets. Notice that your hands are busy all the time with holiday preparations. When you take into consideration the ‘right time’ to give up smoking, the holidays may, paradoxically, be the perfect time.
When planning to give up smoking you should consider some psychological tricks to trick yourself with and that can help you. If you are used to smoking with your morning cup of coffee, try switching drinks. Have a cup of juice or a smoothie or tea instead. What about the ‘inevitable’ after-meal cigarette? Why don’t you set a plan for an alternate activity that follows your meal? In holidays you can arrange board games, chess, checkers or card games to play. Set your table of games with some beverage that isn’t one of your triggers.
Having an exhaustive housecleaning session and relaxing in the bath after that with a book or magazine. Having a bubble bath helps you to relax and smelling a wonderful scent is surly better than burning a cigarette.
Having activates with your family, decorating a tree, hanging lights and wrapping gifts will keep your hand busy and away from the cigarette pack.
As much as you keep yourself busy with things that you enjoy and like the more this will help your mind stay away from thinking about smoking. As you start your smoking give-up intense plan, fill your time with many things to do and non-stop activities. If you were able to not smoke for only three days, you have passed the worst part. You will notice that you sleep better, inhale easier and think less and less of smoking. After three weeks, you’re ‘clean’.
Ironically, deciding to stop smoking within holidays is the magic bullet that will help you and it could be the solution you have been looking for, for years.