8 Habits of Successful Ex-Smokers

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8 Habits of Successful Ex-Smokers

  1. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, the more support you receive from friends and family, the more likely you are to quit smoking successfully. Calling someone and asking for help was number one on most ex-smokers lists. Remember, you are not alone. Millions of people have successfully quit cigarettes.
  2. Avoiding others who smoke. Sometimes this can be difficult, especially if it’s a family member or husband/wife that is a smoker, but smelling cigarette smoke, (more so, in your home), can trigger a relapse. Hopefully, they will understand and volunteer to smoke outside to help the cause.
  3. Staying away from places they used to smoke. Not the car or the living room, but the corner bar or restaurant that they would linger for hours, over a cigarette with friends. Or the side of the building at work where they would take their breaks with the other smokers. Successful ex-smokers go for a walk on their break, on the opposite side of the building.
  4. Taking up a new hobby has helped many ex-smokers stay quit. Crocheting, Photography, Crossword Puzzles, or Excersing. Anything that engages your hands and your mind. Some people Knit, do Sudoku, start Blogging or get their own Domain Name and start a website. There are so many things to do, other than smoking. Find something you enjoy and do it.
  5. Get a check-up. After becoming an ex-smoker, we suddenly become aware of how important our health is and want to take care of it. Going and getting your cholesterol checked, blood sugars, mammogram (if female), and a general physical shortly after quitting, is a great way to feel good about yourself and the huge step you have taken to take better care of your health. It also makes it easy to remember to have an annual physical on your Quit Date!
  6. Successful ex-smokers have a morning and evening routine. They have a plan that they follow like taking a shower first thing after the alarm goes off. It is hard to smoke when you are soaking wet. Or they brush their teeth, no one wants to smoke when their breath is fresh. If they drink coffee they change the location where they drink it, i.e. the basement or at the corner coffee shop. Any location that is different from where you would drink your coffee and smoke before becoming a successful ex-smoker. Do the same for your evening routine. Relax before bed by reading or praying the rosary or just closing your eyes and relaxing for a while. Deep breathing is another good habit to get into, especially right before bed or during times of stress.

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