Goals are essential to a successful quit. When you know where you’re going, the way becomes clear. This Monday, we’ve got five easy tips to help you quit smoking.
Your larger, overall goal is to quit smoking, but creating smaller goals that are more manageable stepping-stones can help you achieve that ultimate goal.
- Identify a few clear, concrete goals that are time-bound. Here’s an example: Do you want to make your home smokefree? Then give yourself a week to get rid of smoking paraphernalia like ashtrays and lighters. Take some time to perform this exercise thoroughly with all aspects of smoking.
- Write your goals down so you can regularly revisit them. Get a pen and some paper or sit at your computer and make a list. If you write out your goals you are more likely to recall them in the challenging moments of your quit.
- Tell someone your goals and regularly check-in with them. Talking to a quit buddy, a friend or family member, or a professional during your quit helps you feel supported, understood, and heard. You’re not doing it alone.
- Don’t punish yourself if you don’t meet a goal or slip up. Be kind to yourself. It’s medically evident that quitting and staying quit is challenging but its also 100% doable because there are literally millions of former smokers in the world. Chin up!
- Reward yourself for meeting a goal. Customize your rewards. What would make you feel great, a picnic with friends or a luxurious spa day? Spend some of the money you’ve saved by quitting and staying quit!
Quitting smoking is a difficult process but by setting goals this Monday, and practicing them throughout the week, you’ll be on your way to living a tobacco-free life. Share the successes of setting goals with other quitters on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram!