why would I want to change?

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.

I desperately wanted to quit, I just needed a little help.

Through awareness comes understanding, through understanding comes knowledge, through knowledge comes wellbeing.

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.

It's OK to have little cracks, it's how the light gets in.

identifying smoking triggers

“It always seems impossible, until it is done." Nelson Mandela.

can I get through this?

Of course. Identifying that you want to stop smoking is the first step.

doing things differently.

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.

tips to help you

how can fresh minds help?

Fresh Minds has a specialist free quit smoking programme called Ready Steady Quit.  If you live in the Auckland area contact them today, visit

Fresh Minds can help you connect your dots across mind, mood and wellness. We provide simple tools, helping you navigate a complex life.

There will never be a better time to start than today.

fresh minds therapy

One-to-one therapy sessions designed around your personal needs, either in-person, over the phone or video

fresh minds learnings

Live and interactive webinar modules, online resources and workshops – easy access to the answers you need.

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fresh minds workplace

We work with organisations to develop bespoke solutions to support mind, mood and wellness in the workplace.

This resource was developed by a Fresh Minds psychologist, adapted from Te Pou o Te Whakaaro Nui resources. For more information on our qualified therapists visit our team.

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