“Wake up, wake up, wake up it's the 1st of tha month”.
More than 24 years ago, Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony, the legendary rap group from Cleveland, Ohio sang those words in celebration of receiving welfare checks on the 1st of each month in the American welfare system.
Those words hold a different meaning today.
This is the first of the month in a new decade, the 2020s.
On this momentous day, many will be putting forth their best foot and starting the first day of the rest of their lives.
Yes, I’m talking about new year resolutions.
As far as new year resolutions go for 2020, I believe that “quitting smoking” will be at the top of most people’s lists.
So, to help you with your new year’s resolution to kick the habit, here are five steps for a cigarette-free 2020.
Set a quit date.
This part should be easy. But many people set ambiguous goals that makes following through difficult and, unconsciously, give themselves a reason to renege on their promise to quit smoking.
What you need to do is set a date to quit smoking, like the first of the month, such as January 1st, 2020, for instance.
This way, you’ll be mentally prepared for the daunting task of quitting smoking. Try to avoid setting this quit date on a day where you know you’ll be stressed, drinking, busy, tempted to smoke or generally have too much on your plate. Really think about the ideal day to quit.
It should be a date that’ll be easier than usual to get through, not the opposite.
Tell family and friends that you’re trying to quit.
Telling family, friends and coworkers that you’re trying to quit helps to increase the success rate of you actually quitting smoking because they’ll be there to hold you accountable.
They can actually be involved in the process of helping you to quit smoking. The more people that a person who is trying to quit smoking has in his corner, the more like he is to quit smoking in 2020.
And that’s a fact.
Plan for challenges while trying to quit.
Quitting smoking is not just about the cessation of nicotine intake into your system. A lot of people who are trying to quit smoking also need to work through the habitual tendencies surrounding cigarette use and smoking in general.
For those who are seriously trying to quit, you may consider going to group workshops run by certified tobacco specialist smokers and learn how to work through cravings, as well as triggers like stress, boredom, nervousness without reaching for a cigarette.
Understanding your buttons and your underlying motivations will be very useful in helping you to deconstruct the influence of the proverbial monkey on your back, although that might be making it sound more serious than it is.
Remove cigarettes and other tobacco from your home, car and work.
You will absolutely be tempted to smoke during your attempt to quit smoking. You need to stay strong, although you will certainly be met with bumps along the way, we’re almost certain that you can do it.
And you can help yourself by removing things that remind you of smoking.
More specifically, you should:
- Get rid of all of your cigarettes and matches.
- Give or throw away your lighters and ashtrays (especially the lighter and ashtray in your car, if you’re serious about quitting smoking)!
- Don’t save one pack of cigarettes “just in case” for whatever reason. Keeping a pack without reaching distance just makes it more likely that you’re going to smoke again.
- Remove the smell of cigarettes from your life by making things clean and fresh at work, in your car and at home. Clean your drapes and clothes, shampoo your car interior, you’ll be less tempted to light up a cigarette if you don’t actually smell smoke.
Talk with a professional about cigarette replacements.
Smokers should discuss cessation treatments with their doctor. Your family doctor is a great place to start, because they are familiar with your medical history, so they can prescribe a cigarette replacement that works best for you in order to help you deal with the struggles of quitting smoking.
At this point, it should be pointed out that FLOW offers non-nicotine flavor pods (such as the Mellow Chamomile pod) and FLOW mini disposable vapes that are great for the transitional period between quitting smoking, and absolutely not inhaling anything other than air.
There is absolutely ZERO nicotine in our 0% nicotine options, but they certainly do help with the oral fixation of smoking cigarettes and the need to feel a throat hit from time to time.