Sticking to Your Quit
Everyone has a different way to quit, but there’s one thing almost everyone has in common: hitting a few bumps along the way. And those bumps? They’re perfectly okay. If you slip up and use commercial tobacco during your quit, the most important thing to do is keep trying. Here are some helpful tips you can use to stick to your quit when the going gets tough.
Find Healthy Ways to Deal with Stress
Think back to the reason you started using commercial tobacco. For a lot of people, it has to do with relieving stress. However, now that you’re working on quitting, it’s important to find other ways to manage stress without using commercial tobacco. Here are a few ways to get started.
Everyone has one thing in common: hitting a few bumps along the way. Keep trying; it takes most people several attempts to quit.
Focus on the benefits of quitting and what you’re gaining instead of what you’re giving up. Write these down to remind yourself.
Connect with friends and family to share your goals—and your struggles. They can help you stay strong and remind you of your reasons for quitting. You don’t have to go it alone.
Relaxing may be more difficult these days if you’re out of your typical routine or not able to see friends and family as often. Try reading, talking on the phone, taking deep breaths, getting outside or practicing yoga.
You may be sticking around the house more these days, but that doesn’t mean you have to be inactive—try going for a walk, riding your bike, or doing an at-home workout. Doing something that gets you moving helps clear your mind and makes it easier to deal with new challenges. Start small and keep moving until you feel better.
Fuel Your Body
Find the right mix of foods—including treats—to keep yourself full of energy. Try different recipes to find something that’s both healthy and tasty.