Embrace Your Smoke-Free Way of Life
For some quitters it can be helpful to find new activities that don’t remind them of smoking. Boost your chances of smoke-free success by engaging in experiences that you don't associate with smoking.
Learning new routines can be challenging for people who’ve revolved their lives around smoking for years or decades. So remember to take things day by day. Here are some ideas to get you started:
One of the best things you can do for your health is get out into nature. Experiencing the outdoors—say, by going for a walk or hike amidst the trees—has been shown to reduce stress and boost our sense of well-being. Or bring nature indoors. Decorate your home or office with a few plants. A number of studies show that keeping plants around can help us stay healthy. Who knew a ficus could be so powerful!
Visit a museum
Museums are a great spot to go with a friend, maybe one who is helping you through your quit. In addition to museums, you may also enjoy taking trips to galleries and participating in similar cultural experiences, while remaining smoke-free!
If you happen to live in a state that forbids smoking in restaurants, take advantage of the laws. Go out for a celebration meal to reward yourself for reaching a smoke-free milestone—whether that’s a day, a week, a month, or more smoke-free! Better yet, invite a friend who has supported you on your quit journey. Make it a party!
Flip your kitchen into a (smoke-free!) destination restaurant by planning an evening of cooking or baking with some of your friends. Cooking allows us to pick and choose the ingredients we like best, experiment with flavors, and control the added sugars and oils we mix into our recipes.
Work it out
Join a gym or just get moving at home with a new workout routine. There are mental and physical benefits to working out. Remember to check in with your doctor before trying new exercises.