If your New Year’s Resolution is to quit it with the corny jokes, you should probably stop reading RIGHT NOW.
Q: What do you give a pumpkin who is quitting smoking?
A: A pumpkin patch.
If, however, your resolution is to quit smoking — just like that savvy pumpkin — then you’ll want to keep reading to learn more about free real-life coaches and motivational text messages. You can also watch the cool animated video posted above to learn even more awesome habit-kicking tips just in time for National Non-Smoking Week (January 20-26, 2019).
Speaking of awesome, consider this: quit smoking for one year, and your risk of heart problems is cut in half.
The benefits of butting out go on and on. In fact, being able to go on and on in bed — thanks to your boosted sex drive, increased energy, and better sleep — is among the biggest ones! It sure won’t hurt your overall hotness to have fewer wrinkles, better teeth, a better smile, and send bad breath packing.
Think you can’t quit smoking? Think again! On that note, here are some top tips from the experts at Quitnow Men, who have helped thousands of guys just like you feel better and be so much healthier.
Know your triggers
Do you tend to smoke in bars, at parties and at other social events? Do you feel a powerful craving for a cigarette after finishing a meal? Does break time at work mean it’s time to step out and light one up? These are just a few examples of “triggers” that may cause you to crave a smoke. These triggers can be people, places, situations, feelings or moods. Knowing your triggers will help you avoid them or find ways to handle them.
Short but intense urges to smoke can be beaten by using the “4-Ds” strategy.
Delay: Because cravings rarely last more than a few minutes, wait 5 minutes when you feel the urge to smoke and the feeling will pass.
Distract: Do something else to take your mind off of your desire to smoke, such as going for a walk or munching on some crispy carrots or celery.
Deep breathing: Inhale through your nose and hold it for a count of 5. Slowly breathe out through your mouth for a count of 7. Repeat a few times to reduce your cravings, stress and anxiety.
Drink water: Replace the smoking habit with a healthy one. Drinking water will change the feeling and taste in your mouth and will actually help reduce cravings.
Methods and medications
There are many effective ways to quit smoking, and no one way works for everyone.
Over-the-counter nicotine replacement therapies (NRT) such as patches and chewing gum, as well as prescription medications can help reduce cravings and boost your chances of quitting. Research shows that the effectiveness of medications and NRT can increase by combining it with telephone counselling.
On that note, you can simply dial 1-877-455-2233 to connect with a specialized expert who can assess your readiness to quit smoking, help you pick a Quit Date, and help establish a quit plan that includes tips and tools to get you ready. Once your Quit Date arrives, your free coach will call to check on your progress, review the challenges, reinforce your reasons for quitting, provide new coping strategies, and help you get back on track if you’ve had a slip. Learn more here.
More Awesome Support
Quit Buddies: Whether it’s a friend, family member or co-worker, a Quit Buddy is someone you can count on to support you in your journey to kick the habit. If they’ve quit smoking themselves, all the better, but what really matters is that they’ve got your back.
Text support: Texting QUITNOW to 654321 will launch a free three-month mobile texting service that sends you supportive messages and quit tips based on your Quit Date. Learn more here.
Celebrate your success!
Pat yourself on the back! Tell people how long you’ve gone without smoking. It’s a major achievement, after all, and you have every right to be proud.
Knock-knock! Who’s there? Orange. Orange who? Orange you glad you quit smoking!
Adam Bisby is a Toronto-based freelance journalist and father of two. His award-winning stories have appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and National Post newspapers, in magazines like Explore, Reader’s Digest, International Traveller and Canadian Family, and on websites including MSN, MSN Canada, and DontChangeMuch.ca. Visit Adam’s website for more details on his award winning work.