National No Smoking day – are you getting involved?
National No Smoking Day is taking place 13th March 2019! With so many people quitting at the same time, this day is great for creating some momentum behind your own journey to help you to quit for good.
Why should I quit smoking?
Quitting smoking has many physical benefits for your body. Within the first 24 hours alone, physical improvements are already happening in your body. Your risk of having a heart attack begins to decrease, as does blood pressure, causing oxygen levels to rise. You can also gain an improved sense of smell and taste and even see improvements in your dental health.
For a full list of physical benefits from quitting smoking, click here.
As well as the many benefits to physical health, stopping smoking can also benefit your mental health. Whilst smoking is often used as a ‘stress reliever’, it actually heightens levels of irritability and anxiety. Stopping smoking can help to improve your mood, relieve stress and anxiety. It can also decrease the likelihood of depression.
Top tips for quitting
If you’re ready to take the first step to become smoke free this No Smoking Day, here are a few tips to help you out:
1. Plan your journey
Having a plan can help you to achieve your goals by keeping you focused. Think of a time when you have been tempted to have a cigarette. Identifying when you generally have cravings and finding a method of distraction can help you prepare for those times specifically so that even at your weakest, you’re able to stay smoke free!
2. Get support
There are a number of support groups around to help you along your quit journey, though you may not be aware of them all. There are many different professional organisations that can help you to quit, both in Croydon and nationally, which you can find here. These services can provide you with expert support at whatever stage of your journey you are at.
There are also the support networks that are around us in our everyday lives; our family and friends. They can provide a structure to keep you on track and help you achieve your goal. If you have a friend or family member who is also a smoker, why not try quitting together?
There is also a wide variety of digital or online help that you can tap into, which can help you to quit smoking, including a number of apps. These tools could be useful for you, but you should consult an expert to see if they’re the best method for you.
3. Remember why you’re quitting
Remembering why you are quitting smoking is a great way to keep yourself on track, and to achieve your goal of being smoke free. Wanting to quit for family and friends who care about your health can help you to stay focused. But remember, you are also quitting for you. Feeling healthier after you quit smoking is a great incentive for you to keep going, and it only gets more powerful as you progress with your journey!
Whether you’re quitting for No Smoking Day, or on another date, take the opportunity to feel healthier and go smoke free in 2019.