Before you start your journey, it’s important to narrow down your sense of WHY. Your quit plan will draw strength from and reinforce your own reason for quitting. A strong “Why?” will set you up for success. Use it to plan a quit date, brainstorm coping strategies, reinforce motivation, work on quit strategies and set up rewards for milestones. Want to create a quit plan online? Check out www.smokefree.gov/build-your-quit-plan
It takes a while to adjust to any big lifestyle change. You may feel like you’re the only one struggling, but that’s just simply not true. It’s crucial to find a good community of people going through the same things you are, so you can share your problems, celebrations and tips with others who understand. Here are some sites to consider looking into:
You can also search out a group on Facebook—there are many options to choose from. Just make sure they are research-based and can offer you the support you need.
In-Person Support Groups
Group counseling can increase your chance of quitting by almost 30 percent. This provides the added benefit of not only finding a community but having access to a skilled counselor who can help you learn and manage coping skills. To find a group near you, look into programs run by your local hospital or search for programs offered by national organizations like the American Cancer Society or Nicotine Anonymous.
There’s an app for EVERYTHING—even smoking cessation, from monitoring progress to getting daily reminders; it can even offer you some distractions and helpful tips! However, it’s important to make sure that the apps you select are based on research and advice from medical experts. Here are some to consider: