If you made a new year resolution to stop smoking, how are you getting on? Sadly most new year resolutions fall apart by February, but although being smoke free is incredibly hard, you can do it.
I often hear people say ‘I’ve got no willpower’, or ‘I always want a cigarette when I go out for a drink.’ With smoking you are not only struggling against the addiction to nicotine, but also trying to break some very deeply ingrained habits and behaviours as well. So no wonder you might be struggling.
Coaching can help you to change these behaviours and habits, and to stick to it. You can get a free telephone coaching session here http://wp.me/P4ycmZ-8R , but in the meantime, try these tips:
1. Be clear on your goal as the thing you are aiming for, not what you are giving up. When you talk about giving up it becomes very negative, you are denying yourself something, and you will only focus on it more. State you goal as being ‘smoke free’. Something to work towards, not away from. Be sure of your reasons too. Why do you want to be smoke-free? Is it for health, because of the expense, or other reasons? Whatever the reasons, make sure they are your own reasons and not someone elses. Your partner may want you to be smoke-free, but you have to want it yourself too.
2. Have a measureable plan. Allow yourself the time you need to adjust your behaviour. Concentrate on small steps and have clear checkpoints along the way to measure your progress. If you are smoke free for a week, then a fortnight, then a month, these small victories should be celebrated.
3. Be realistic about your plan. Being smoke free is a challenge. If you have smoked for many years, your partner smokes and your friends smoke, then you will find it harder, but you can do it. Look at adjustments you can make in your life to make things easier for yourself.
4. Set a time limit for yourself and keep to it. If you want to be smoke free in three months, don’t put things off or go past that time. Take action from day one and keep your focus.
5. Get help if you need it. You need to take ownership of your goal and your plan to get there, but it’s okay to ask for help and support. Tell people you are aiming to be smoke free and ask them to help you to avoid temptation or situations that might make it hard for you to resist smoking.
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