We’re halfway into Stoptober so it’s time for a mid-month motivation boost!
Whether you’ve stuck to the Stoptober plan, you’ve had a few wobbles or you’ve found yourself slipping back to smoking cigarettes – here are our top tips for getting back on track and reminding yourself why you’re doing it!
Shout about it!
The more people that know you’re trying to quit, the bigger your support system. Let your colleagues know that you’re skipping the daily smoke breaks, let friends and family know you’re doing Stoptober and get them to check in to see how you’re getting on. Another great way to stay focused is to share regular updates across your social media accounts, tweet about your progress using #Stoptober and follow others that are on the journey to being smoke free.
Stoptober has a great tool that lets you sent a Facebook status or tweet automatically from their page. Why not give it a go? Get social with Stoptober
Write a quit list
The act of writing down what you want to achieve will help get you focused and back on track. Take five minutes to remember why you want to stop, here are some great reasons to get you started.
I want to save money
I want to improve my health
I want to have more time to spend with my loved ones
I want to be able to run 5K
I don’t want to smell like cigarette smoke
I want to prove to myself that I can do it
Whatever your reasons are, make sure you write them down! Or share them with us on Twitter – @OnePoundEliquid
Work out how much you’ve saved
Let’s be honest, one of the biggest incentives to quit smoking is the amount of money you will save. If you’ve caved and had a cigarette mid month, all is not lost. Use the NHS cost calculator to see how much you can save in the next 2 weeks, that alone should give you the boost you need to get back on track.
Put the money you would have spent on cigarettes into a glass jar and at the end of the month, treat yourself to something you wouldn’t normally buy.
OK, we know telling you to go outside and embark on your first 5k run might be a bit ambitious, but after a fortnight smoke free – you will be surprised at how different your body feels.
After just 48 hours of being smoke free the carbon monoxide will be eliminated from your body, clearing the lungs of mucus and other smoking debris. After 72 hours, breathing will be much easier and you will find your energy levels starting to increase. After 2 weeks your circulation will start to improve, so what better time to go out and take a stroll? Your taste buds will also come back with a vengeance, making it the perfect time for a walk to your favourite cafe, restaurant or pub for a lunch.
If you’re a creature of habit and you’re missing your daily smoke breaks, replacing them with a short walk or burst of exercise can help keep you on track. We recommend investing in an exercise tracker so you can keep track of your steps and set yourself daily targets.
Find out how your body will change if you quit for good: What happens when you quit?
Keep your ‘quit kit’ close
We’ve all been there, you’re out with friends and your trusty e-cig runs out of battery or you run out of liquid. At times like these it’s easy to just fall back into old habits, taking a cigarette off a friend and promising that you will get straight back on the e-cig as soon as your home.
To avoid this, always make sure you have your ‘quit kit’ fully stocked, especially if you’re at the mercy of a pub beer garden without access to a replacement. Whether you’re using e-cigarettes, nicotine patches, gum or any other stop smoking aids, you need to be prepared for any situation. If you are using e-cigarettes to quit, a few back-up e-liquids and a vape kit with more than one battery will ensure you’re never caught short.
Remember, you’re not alone! During Stoptober you will be surrounded by people looking to quit, if you find yourself feeling the pull of cigarettes quickly scout the room for others smoking e-cigs and ask for a hit or some of their liquid. You may be surprised how willing others are to help you on your journey!