Everyone has different reasons for wanting to reduce their smoking use, or to stop all together. These reasons can include health benefits, the costs of smoking, being pregnant or wanting to start a family.
Having some clear ideas about why you want to stop smoking and what you hope to achieve can make it easier to stay motivated when things feel difficult. Write these down and carry them with you. Keeping track of any changes, including money saved, can help to keep motivation going.
It can be helpful to notice and be aware of triggers. Once you have recognised them it can be useful to identify high risk situations and make a plan of how you are going to manage them.
Of course. Identifying that you want to stop smoking is the first step.
If you're wanting to quit or cut down below are a few tips to help you get started and to overcome cravings as you begin your smoke free journey.
Fresh Minds has a specialist free quit smoking programme called Ready Steady Quit. If you live in the Auckland area contact them today, visit www.readysteadyquit.co.nz
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