Changing your daily routine could be the key to a smokefree family

For a smoker, days can be filled with triggers to smoke that have nothing to do with nicotine addiction. It could be stress or a moment of boredom that makes us feel like we need a cigarette, but often the cigarettes we smoke are simply a part of our daily routine – and we keep going through the motions without even giving them a second thought.

Have you ever thought about how your daily routine could be the cause of your smoking addiction? Recognising that your routine could be what’s stopping you from quitting will help you to take action and change your lifestyle and the health of your family for the better.

Here are our tips for a happier, healthier, smokefree family:

1. Find your triggers

Adjust your attitude towards smoking – it might not be the nicotine causing the craving. Instead, think about your routine; where you are, who you are with and what you are doing when you smoke, and how that may be sparking your urges in the first place. You might find yourself with a cigarette in hand with every coffee, whenever you finish a chore or just when you need a break from work – finding your triggers is the first step to keeping your family smokefree.

2. Change up your routine

As humans, we love routines, but often our routines make it easy for bad habits to flourish. To combat smoking, you need to embrace change and mix up your routines. For example, if you usually smoke while you drink coffee in the morning, try drinking a cup of tea or having your coffee to go instead.

3. Practice managing your stress without the cigarette

If you often smoke when you’re stressed or anxious, think about what makes you feel that way; it could be the kids, traffic or just when you’re having a tough day. Once you’ve found these emotional triggers, think about other ways to calm down for the next time you’re in that situation. You could try removing yourself from the situation, calling a friend to chat or focusing on your breathing for 5–10 seconds to diffuse the situation.

4. You’re not alone – take advantage of all the help you can get

Your family is one of your greatest assets when it comes to quitting. They’ll be your support system, so open communication with them is essential. Let them know the types of things that make you crave a cigarette so they can help you through your journey. You don’t have to do it alone – you can also call Quitline or access our other Quit services for support.

For the first 2–4 weeks of quitting, you’re likely to feel cravings caused by nicotine. You can deal with this chemical addiction to nicotine by using medications or nicotine replacement products such as patches, gum, lozenges, tongue strips, sprays – there’s even an inhaler. You can get some of these at a low cost by talking to your doctor.

5. Focus on the reward

Motivation is a huge success factor in your quitting journey, and there’s a lot to be motivated about. Living smokefree will improve your health and fitness and the health of your family.  Plus you’ll save money and have more time to spend with family and friends doing the things you love.

For more information on how you can change up your routines and manage your emotions to live a smokefree life, check out our videos here.