Practical tips on how to distract yourself and create new routines in order to stop smoking, from people who've done it!
A new morning routine
"I started having hot water with lemon each morning instead of tea or coffee and made myself have a shower as soon as I woke up, no matter what. These little things help because they remind you that you are living/about to live a different kind of life. A better life. You can do it!" - Peta
Second by second, minute by minute
"I prepared myself mentally by telling myself that if I felt like a cigarette, I would give in only after 20 seconds and then another 5 seconds and so on. Seconds turned into minutes, minutes into hours. You get the picture." - Keith
"This might sound weird but I ate pumpkin seeds every time I felt like having a cigarette, it helped me forget about going out for a cigarette and also kept my hands busy. I quit cold turkey and re-learned how to do things like have a coffee without a cigarette." – Jane
2 bonus tips from Quitline counsellors
We also asked a couple of our Quitline counsellors for their best tips on how to work your way through a craving or relax your mind and body during a stressful time:
Create a new downtime distraction by eating a piece of fruit that keeps your hands busy – an orange, grapefruit or apple for example, take a bit of time to peel.
Touch can relax your mind and body
Why you should do it:
Touch activates the parasympathetic nervous system which can help to regulate your immune system and much more. Touch stimulates the release of oxytocin and that can lower stress hormone levels.
How to do it:
Pat your pet, give yourself a head massage or rub in some fragrant hand or body cream.