The Great American Smokeout is Thursday. This 36th-annual event by the American Cancer Society encourages smokers to use the date of November 17 to either make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance to quit smoking on that day. So, because we want everyone to stop smoking, too, we've put together five tips to help get you ready to kick the bad habit for good!
5 Tips to Get Ready to Stop Smoking With the Great American Smokeout
1. Pick a date to quit. Whether you choose the Great American Smokeout on Thursday as your quit day or another day, give yourself some sort of timeline to quit. Otherwise, it's too easy to put it off.
2. Get moving. Working out has been shown to help smokers kick the bad habit. So start exercising now so that when your quit day comes, you're already in an exercise routine that'll help your stop-smoking efforts!
3. Hone in on why you're quitting. You're probably quitting smoking for health reasons. But focus a little everyday on how having healthy lungs will positively impact your life. Visualize yourself not smoking and having more energy to do the things you love. This will help to keep your motivation to quit high.
4. Tell your friends, family and coworkers. Tell the important people in your life about your decision to quit smoking and ask for their help. If there are smokers in your life, ask them to be respectful and supportive of your decision by not smoking around you. You can even ask them to join the Great American Smokeout, too!
5. Have a back-up behavior. Quitting smoking can be a tough because it's a habit. So instead of fighting your need to smoke, replace it with something else like chewing sugar-free gum, drinking water, deep breathing or even munching on crunchy veggies.
Will you join the Great American Smokeout on Thursday? Tell us about it!
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.