Holidays are an exciting time of year, but it can also be overwhelming. Being more social at this time of year is generally a given, and for someone trying to stay smokefree, it can be a challenging time.
In fact, being around friends who smoke and parties/nights out are two very common smoking triggers. So if you’ve recently stopped smoking, the approaching parties or festivities can be a daunting prospect… if you don’t have the right tools to help you stay on the smoke free bandwagon. That’s where we come in!
Here are our top tips:
- Take something to keep your hands busy when you have a craving, like a watch, bracelet, a bottle of water or your phone
- Excuse yourself and go to the bathroom if necessary. Removing yourself temporarily from the situation when a craving hits can be effective, as you’re taking yourself out of a risky situation and giving yourself a few minutes for the urge to pass.
- Don’t be afraid to use phrases like “Please don’t offer me cigarettes, I’m quitting”, “No thanks, I don’t smoke” or "I'm a non-smoker".
- Give yourself permission to go home early if it’s getting too tough.
- Be wary of the “just one” thought. It can lead to full-time smoking again, and non-smokers don’t need “just one” anyway.
- Take small steps at first. Try meeting friends at smokefree venues such as the movies or a restaurant.
- If possible, avoid your smoking friends for the first few days or weeks of quitting.
Remember there is support available. Give Quitline a call on 13 7848, Mon - Fri 8am - 8pm. You can alternatively request a callback using our callback form and a Quitline counsellor will contact you at a time that best suits you. Our Quit counsellors are here to support you with strategies, tips and personalised advice to help you stay quit.