October is upon us, and while for some it’s all about Halloween, others are using it to make some important lifestyle changes. Stoptober is a great opportunity to give up smoking for good.
After a month of quitting, you’re about five times more likely to quit for good, so it’s a perfect chance to make those important changes. So, we thought we’d put together some tips on where you can find help, and the good it can do when you give up smoking.
Why You Should Quit
It’s no secret that smoking has a negative impact on the body. On top of the short term impact on your lungs such as coughs, wheezing and asthma, smoking increases the risk of pneumonia, emphysema and lung cancer.
It’s not just the lungs either, it has an impact on your heart, your blood, your stomach, your skin and your brain. That’s why it’s so important to kick the habit, and Stoptober is the perfect opportunity to give it a go.
When you quit smoking, you’ll start to breathe more easily, you’ll cough less, and your lung capacity will improve. With two to twelve weeks of quitting, your blood circulation will improve. This means physical activity will be a lot easier. Not to mention, your immune system will improve, which is important for fighting off colds, flus and the Coronaviruses of the world.
It’s not only your health, but your finances that will see some improvement when you quit. On average around £1,500 will be spent on cigarettes a year. So you could save around £128 a year when they quit. So, it’s worth considering what else the money could be spent on, especially with Black Friday and Christmas on their way.
Ways to improve your chances of quitting
When it comes to quitting, there are so many great ways to tip those odds in your favour. And the first thing you need to do is outline the reasons you want to quit, whether they’re health-related or financial reasons. By focusing on these goals, you can keep up the motivation this Stoptober.
Let your friends and family know that you’re trying to quit. That way you can get the support and encouragement you need to stick to it. With people at our back, they can help when you’re feeling the stresses of quitting. And give you a kick up the backside if you need a little course correction.
A great way to kick a habit, is to replace it with another less harmful habit. Whether it’s chewing gum, drinking a glass of water or eating nuts, it’ll take your mind off the cigarettes. And keep in mind how much money you’re saving. Maybe you can buy yourself a treat when you hit certain milestones.
It’s worth checking out the resources we have access to. The NHS website is packed with information, tips and services to help you kick the habit. With all the facts about the negative impact smoking, and the benefits of quitting along with fantastic resources to help you through Stoptober.
Helpful Products for Stoptober
While it’s important to make sure you’re surrounded by supportive people, sometimes you need that little extra help. There’s a huge range of products out there to help you give up this Stoptober. Some are even available through the NHS, so it’s worth checking them out.
There are nicotine patches, gums, sprays and more to give you nicotine with less of the dangers associated with smoking. Think about the ones that are right for you as they can be a huge help when you’re quitting. Most pharmacies will carry these products. So, it’s worth having a browse and looking into the different quitting aids on the market.
Stress is a big factor when it comes to quitting. So, making sure you’ve got ways of de-stressing when you kick the nicotine is important. There are gadgets and stress balls on the market that are great for keeping your hands busy. Not to mention there are apps like Headspace that focus on keeping the stress at bay.
Another great way of beating the cravings is to keep busy. Whether you pick up a new hobby or you just go for a walk, it’ll help keep your mind off the cigarettes. This is especially helpful if you’re quitting cold turkey. By getting rid of anything smoking-related and keeping busy, you can avoid triggers and keep it out of sight and out of mind.
Get Involved with Stoptober
So, take the opportunity to get involved and put an end to those bad habits. It’s beneficial for your health and the health of those around you. Not to mention it can have a pretty great impact on your wallet given the amount you can save by cutting out these habits.
Get the support you need and try a few different methods. And don’t forget to keep your reasons for quitting in mind. That way you can keep up the motivation and smash it this Stoptober. You can also check out our article on experiences quitting smoking for some first-hand insight on what to expect when you kick the habit in Stoptober.
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