It’s never easy to stop smoking, and if you are trying to quit during the holidays, you could face some additional challenges. Since many people smoke as a way to deal with stress or as a reaction to a stressful situation, the holidays can make a smoker want to smoke more than what he or she already does on a regular basis.
Don’t think that you need to give up on your goal of quitting smoking just because of the holidays.
Here are a few tips to help you quit in spite of the added stress and excitement of the holidays.
Remember Your Reason For Quitting
Everyone has a reason for wanting to quit smoking. For some people it’s their family members, for others it’s their own health. When you feel the desire to smoke during the holidays remember all the reasons you are trying to stop. Although your family members may be the reason you want to smoke, they could also be the reason you want to stop. Think about upcoming holidays and how much better they will be next year when you no longer feel the need to smoke.
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Find A Distraction
The holidays could actually work in your favor when it comes to finding a distraction to help you quit smoking. Many people turn to food or hobbies when they are trying to quit, and there will be plenty of food around during the holidays. Make some cookies and nibble on one every time you feel the need to smoke. You can also wrap packages to pass the time or take your mind off smoking. Even if you have finished wrapping your own packages, offer to wrap someone else’s.
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Get A Prescription
If you are serious about quitting and nervous about dealing with it during the holidays, ask your doctor for a prescription medication that can help. There are medications available to help smokers deal with their cravings and fight the mood swings and depression associated with withdraws.
Don't let the holidays stop you from quitting smoking. Use these tips to help you stick with your decision to quit.