Who Ever Heard of Quitting Smoking Every Week?

If you’re tired of trying to quit smoking but relapsing each time, you may be excited to learn about a new strategy with a better success rate. Instead of giving up tobacco for good, you give it up again each week.

Researchers found that Monday was the most popular day for people worldwide to search for information about quitting. Compared to the average for any other day of the week, people were 25% more likely to be thinking about smoking cessation on Mondays.

Add to that the fact that it takes about 10 tries on average to succeed at quitting. At that rate, waiting for an annual event like New Year’s to quit stretches things out too long.

Now you can see why the Monday method is catching on. You can use the beginning of every week as an inspiration to make a fresh start. You also have the social support of knowing that so many other people are trying to do the same thing. Try these tips to get started.

Steps to Take Each MondayWho Ever Heard of Quitting Smoking Every Week?

  1. Make a new start. Wake up with your resolution firmly in mind. Picture yourself going through your daily routine without a cigarette.
     
  2. Renew your commitment. Welcome the next Monday morning whether you sailed through the previous week without any nicotine or lit up a few times. This is another chance to get back on track or stay there.
     
  3. Reward yourself. Give yourself credit for any progress that you make. Just wanting to quit is a big first step. Say something nice to the face in the mirror or buy yourself a smoothie.
     
  4. Follow a plan. Many people get better results when they develop specific systems and goals. You may choose to drink herbal tea to help you resist smoking with your usual morning cup of coffee. You may decide to use a nicotine patch or chew gum.
     
  5. Consider other healthy habits. The Monday method can also be applied to other areas of your life. Lose weight, read more poetry, or start a meditation practice.

Steps to Make Quitting Smoking More Social

  1. Select a buddy. Team up if you know someone else who wants to stop smoking. You can encourage each other.
     
  2. Enlist family and friends. Let your loved ones know how they can help you. Maybe you’ll want to sleep more or start each day with a long walk.
     
  3. Check with your employer. Many companies have smoking cessation programs. Ask your human resources department what help may be available.
     
  4. Browse online. For a quick boost, post an update on your social media pages or drop into a relevant online forum. You’ll probably find others who can empathize with your struggles or share your pleasure when you’re approaching your goals.
     
  5. Visit the Monday Campaigns. If all this sounds good to you, you may want to visit the Monday Campaigns online. It’s a nonprofit venture formed by Johns Hopkins and other major universities with free resources to help people live healthier lives.
     
  6. Consult your doctor. Your health team is the best place to discuss special concerns you may have. Your physician will be able to recommend counseling, nicotine replacement devices, or other products and services if you need more help with giving up smoking.

Stay tobacco-free one week at a time. Giving up cigarettes is one of the most important decisions you can make to protect your health. Now you have 52 opportunities a year to become an ex-smoker!

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