It may help to change your routine. If possible, stay away from places or situations that you associate with smoking. If you always want to smoke when you have a coffee, try drinking tea. Or you could try to change the habit before you stop smoking. For example, you could drink coffee but without the cigarette, so that you no longer link the two together.
It’s a good idea to avoid alcohol to begin with. People often find they have less self-control after they have drunk alcohol.
This can also be a good time to use the smoking diary. It can help you identify when you feel like smoking and what you can do instead.
Put aside the money you would have spent on smoking
Keep a record of how much you save each week, so you can see it adding up. You could use the money to treat yourself, your family or your friends instead.
Eat healthy snacks
On the day you give up, eat whatever you like. You will be using your mental strength to not smoke, and it is better to focus on one issue at a time.
Once you have stopped, you may be tempted to snack more. If you are worried about putting on weight, keep healthy, non-fattening snacks to hand. These could include fruit, raw vegetables or savoury crackers. Some people find sugar-free chewing gum helps too. If you can, try to be more physically active. Even short walks for 20 minutes each day can help.
A stress ball may help if you need to do something with your hands. Or you could think about starting a hobby, like knitting, gardening or playing computer games. This can help keep your hands busy and take your mind off cigarettes.