When your healthcare professional, family and friends are behind you all the way, it can make a big difference to quitting successfully.
Look back on some of the greatest achievements in your life – the moments where you felt you had really accomplished something for yourself. It's different for everyone, but the idea is the same: more often than not, we rely on the support of the people around us. Whether it's getting that promotion, or scoring a goal for your team, our support squads help us reach our goals.
So, how can a support squad help you quit smoking? This quick guide will give you an idea of where your squad can help you along the way.
Before you quit
- Talk to your doctor
Your doctor is the unsung hero of your squad. They can help you create a quit plan that's tailored to your needs and considers any previous quit attempts. Their support, including medicine and counselling if needed, can mean you are up to 4x more likely to succeed in quitting compared to quitting unaided.1
- Get your family and friends on board
When you're getting ready to quit, let your family and friends know. The people in your life who are closest to you are going to be some of your strongest supporters, and it's a good idea to let them know that you're ready to begin your journey. Ask yourself who the most positive and supportive people surrounding you are – that might be your partner, a close friend, a co-worker or anyone who won't be critical or judgmental.
On the other hand, take a step back from people who aren't supportive.
Remember, your support squad will want to be there for you, and we have plenty of tips that can help them help you.
When the urge to smoke strikes
Reach out to someone you trust. A phone call or simple text can be enough to buy you some time, and it helps to remember that the urge to smoke usually passes in just a few minutes.2
If you have a slip-up
Everyone slips up from time-to-time, and this is a difficult journey, so don't feel embarrassed or give yourself a hard time. Reach out to your squad. Remember – they want to support you! Make a plan with them to help you avoid the triggers that caused your slip-up.
When you're having a bad day
We all have bad days, and a challenging day can increase your urge to smoke. But don’t try to deal with it all alone – reach out to one of your trusted supporters if you're feeling overwhelmed.
Pick up the phone and talk to them about how you feel. Suggest doing something together – go shopping, to the movies, or for a walk.
Keeping you focused on health
Your supporters are there to help you transition into living life as a non-smoker. While you're quitting and beyond, find some new healthy activities for you and your squad to enjoy together:
- Do any of your supporters cook deliciously healthy recipes? Ask for their recipes and cook together.
- Do you have any friends who love to stay fit? Ask if you can be exercise partners.
- Be proactive and organise group activities that support your new smoke-free lifestyle – see who's interested in bush walks, days at the beach, or camping trips.
Having a buddy there for you can encourage you to stay on track with quitting, as well as eating right, getting fitter and having fun.
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- West R (2012) Stop smoking services: Increased chances of quitting. NCST Briefing #8. London; National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training.
- Mayo Clinic. Healthy Lifestyle. Quit Smoking. Available at https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/quit-smoking/in-depth/nicotine-craving/art-20045454?p=1. Accessed 23 April 2019.