Staying Smoke Free in 2017!

January 2017 MCHYour Reasons to Quit

Remind yourself of the reasons you quit in the first place. Remember the 5Ds when you feel the urge to smoke: Delay. Drink water. Do something else. Deep breathe. Discuss. Keep your list and be proud of the efforts you have made to be smoke free. Your health. Your baby.Your health. Saving money. Make an action plan for how you are going to handle your holiday triggers.  Your reasons matter and can help you during this busy time of year.

  1.  Caffeine and Food

Caffeine is most people's go to drink when they need an energy boost to get them started in the morning or going during the day. However, too much caffeine leaves you feeling stressed and jittery and not healthy for your baby. To reduce the amount of stress experienced during the holidays and avoid turning to cigarettes, you should minimize your caffeine intake and rest as much as possible. Choose your food and drink wisely. Take control over how much you eat and drink will help you stay in control and avoid nicotine cravings.

  1. Maintain Your Support System

Whether you have been smoke-free for years or only a few weeks; it is important to maintain your support system. Support from family and friends is an important part of staying smoke free. Share your quit smoking plan with them and triggers you are trying to avoid during the holidays. The encouragement will go a long way in helping you keep on track during the holiday season.

  1. Take it One Day at a Time

Just like it is important to have a plan set out for your quit journey, it helps to have a daily list to help you focus on taking things one day at a time. As far as the holiday season is concerned, it helps to stay focused on each individual day than to overwhelm yourself with what needs to be accomplished at the end of it all. Address daily challenges and outline clear ways to overcome these challenges. After all, getting through each day will eventually get you to where you want to be at the end of the holiday season, and looking at the bigger picture, it will help you achieve your goals by the end of the year.

  1. Reward Yourself for Staying Smoke-free.

Be kind to yourself. Urges will come and go quickly so take a break and reward yourself. A brisk walk, a cup of decaf tea, or talking to a friend could be the reward you need to focus a few minutes away from urges and holiday stressors. You can stay smoke free in 2017!