The end of the year can be one of the most stressful times for people struggling with an addiction like quitting smoking. There’s a lot going on, including holiday gatherings and family traveling from all over to get together. When you’re out of your routine and your in-laws are visiting, the temptation to reach for a cigarette, grab a drink or start emotional eating becomes harder to resist.
No matter what you’re trying to quit, remember that you are not alone. Remember these three tips to help you fight the urge:
1. Think back to when you first decided you wanted to quit smoking. What motivated you? What was the breaking point that drove you to actively quit? Finding that strength within yourself and remembering how something like smoking or overeating makes you feel is important during the moments when you feel like giving up.
2. Make a plan! Think about when you feel triggered. Where are you? What are you doing? Who are you with? If you can recognize when you feel most tempted, you’ll already be aware to avoid those places, people or situations.
3. Decide what you can do instead of giving into temptation. Can you take a walk? Focus on breathing exercises? Text or call a friend that is supportive. And as always, you can reach out to the I Finally Quit Facebook page for additional support from hundreds of people trying to stay strong just like you.
Need more motivation and help from I Finally Quit? Download the 8 Steps to Quit Smoking in 10 Days or Less, and buy Dave “the quitter’s” book to push through the holidays and into the New Year completely vice free.