• Don’t fall into bad habits when you quit smoking12

    Stopping smoking is a brilliant achievement – just be careful you don’t swap one bad habit for another…

    Sneaky snacking

    Lots of people worry that once they quit smoking they’ll gain weight. Nicotine can, to a degree, suppress appetite and some people find they want to eat more when they quit. And if you miss the hand-to-mouth action of smoking it can be easy to find yourself reaching for snacks to curb those familiar urges, especially when you’re bored. Stocking up on healthy snacks, like fruit and nuts, is a good idea. Products like NICORETTE® Gum, which has been clinically proven to help you control your weight when you’re quitting, are a great solution too. This will enable you to reduce the amount of nicotine in your system more steadily, and give you something to chew!

    Spending sprees

    Without cigarettes you might find yourself a bit bored and seeking something that will give you a quick thrill. Step forward shopping! Browsing online stores when you’d usually be taking a smoking break, or popping into the shops to take your mind off cigarettes... Saving money is one of the big rewards of quitting smoking, and you deserve to treat yourself. But, don’t fall into the trap of spending mindlessly just to scratch an itch. Regular sprees can rapidly mount up. How about browsing charity shops at lunch time? Or, just enjoy some window shopping and take your time planning what you’d really like to spend your extra money on.

    Staying in

    When you quit, it can be hard being around other smokers or in situations where you would normally have had a cigarette. Things like going to the pub or a party can feel like a challenge rather than a pleasure, and you might find yourself avoiding them all together and just staying in. You may need to change your social habits for a while in order to avoid temptation, but don’t get too used to being a hermit. How about inviting your friends around for dinner, arranging a walk or going to the cinema? That way you’re still socialising and having fun – just without the usual temptations to smoke.

    Trouble concentrating

    Like we said, there are so many benefits of stopping smoking, but sometimes your brain forgets that and all it can think about is…cigarettes! As a result it can be hard to concentrate on whatever you’re doing – whether that’s work or play. If you find that your mind is wandering at work, take a break. A quick walk, or even just stepping outside, will help clear your head. If you’re out with friends, explain you’re a bit distracted.

    Cheeky tipple

    Lots of people smoke when they’re stressed or anxious, so when you stop smoking you may find it hard to calm down. In these situations, you might end up reaching for a beer or glass of wine. While a drink every now and then is fine, you don’t want to replace cigarettes with alcohol. A much better solution is to do some exercise – it’s great for relieving stress and much better for your body. How about a jog or a swim? But even a walk would be beneficial.

    Fidgety fingers

    It’s normal to get a little irritable when you quit smoking. That, plus the fact that you haven’t got a cigarette to hold anymore, can mean that your hands get fidgety. Instead of biting your nails or winding up everyone around you by drumming your fingers. Try to lose yourself in a good book or magazine to keep your mind occupied.

    Why not find out more about the ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ of tackling cravings to help you reach your goal.