Set Yourself Up for a Successful Stoptober
Did you try the Stoptober Challenge last year?
Set up by the NHS, the idea is simple – if you can stop smoking for 28 days, you are five times more likely to quit for good.
This is because if you can make it through the first month of quitting, you’re over the worst. Cravings and withdrawal symptoms will have pretty much vanished for most people after four weeks.
But as anyone who’s tried quitting smoking before knows, getting through those first four weeks can be hellish.
One key bit of motivation? If you manage to quit in October, you’re set up for a nice warm, snug winter indoors – with no more need to stand out in the cold to satisfy your need for nicotine. It’s a great time of year to stop smoking for good.
What you need to do to make Stoptober a success
First, work out why you want to stop smoking, and use our Quit smoking plan to start working out a method that could work for you. Everyone is different – which is why we always recommend talking to a healthcare professional to get a plan that’s tailored to your own needs, smoking history and personality.
A healthcare professional is certainly your best bet – with smokers four times more likely to succeed in quitting with professional help – and there are also other people who can help you quit, and other ways the NHS can help you stop smoking. Look into them, and take advantage.
Next, make sure you know what you’re letting yourself in for by understanding why it is so hard to stop smoking.
Try making a list of things you hate about smoking – and the problems only smokers will understand. Keep it with you throughout the month as a reminder.
It’s also a good idea to list up the things you like about smoking – and work out how to replace them.
More things that may help
You could try listing up the things you’d like to buy with the money you’ll save by quitting smoking.
You might find some motivational quotes to help you quit smoking handy to keep around to keep you on course.
Or perhaps our run-down of how famous ex-smokers quit smoking could provide some inspiration?
You could also try downloading an app to help you quit smoking – we’ve rounded up some of the best stop smoking apps for every platform.
You could explore how to help science during your quit attempt, helping other smokers who want to stop at the same time.
You may also want to look into some natural aids to help you on your journey, with natural detoxes to help you quit smoking.
Some people find that stretches can help relieve some cravings and stress, while others prefer exercise or simply distractions for their hands. Follow those links for some handy videos to give you some ideas.
And it’s always a good idea to look into ways to check your quitting progress for the added motivational boost you can get from seeing that you’re getting somewhere.
You can do it!
28 days. It’s not that long. With the right support and advice you can get through it – and come out smoke and nicotine free on the other side.
And just think – if you make it through Stoptober, you can reward yourself with Halloween sweets and Bonfire Night fireworks in celebration of the new you!
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