You will not be alone in your attempt to Quit Tobacco. Your friends and family are there for you. Getting their support can really help you in your Quit Attempt.
Follow these 10 tips to get the support you need:
1. Surround Yourself with People You Trust
Think of the people you trust the most—people you can talk to about anything and who have been there for you when you needed them. They could be friends, people who you work with, parents, or other family members. Whoever they are, spend more time with them.
Tip: Take a friend with you along for your daily activities. Have lunch with a friend, get a group together and go out, watch a movie or go for a walk in the park.
2. Focus on People Who Can Help
Stay close to persons who can help and support you and keep distance from those who are not supportive. Friends who care about your health and well-being are the ones who matter.
Tip: Focus your energy on spending time with people who make you feel good about yourself and want you to succeed in your attempt to quit.
3. Ask for Help
You might like to solve problems on your own, but the truth is we all need a little help from time to time. Go ahead and ask the people you trust. It doesn't mean you're weak. Your true friends or family will be there, ready and willing to help.Tell them clearly what support you want (or don’t want). Say it nicely.
Tip: Not sure how to ask? Call to get the conversation started (e.g., I am attempting to quit tobacco. I may need your support.). Try and find an ex-tobacco user around you. Ask them why and how they quit and tips for yourself.
4. Say Thank You
Notice small acts of kindness around you. Tell your friends and family you appreciate them, whether you speak it, text it, or show it with your actions. Saying thanks doesn't take a lot of time, so do it in the moment before you forget.
Tip: Have a friend who gave you company so you wouldn’t use tobacco. Say ‘Thank You’ or give them a small gift.
5. Avoid Stressful Situations
Steer away from the things that cause unnecessary stress to your day and look for more positive things to do.
Tip: Identify what makes you feel stressed and come up with ways to deal with that stress. Stress can make you feel like you want to use tobacco. Ask friends and family to be aware of the things that make you stressed. They can help make your life easier during your quit.
6. Connect more to people
Give your social circle a boost by connecting with other people who share your interests. Start by thinking about the things you like to do. Then look for ways to get more involved in them. Get talking with the people around you, and find out what you share in common
Tip: Strike up a conversation with someone new at work, join a sports or spiritual activity or volunteer. You never know who you will meet!
7. Be Approachable
Be more friendly to others. Speak confidently. Be courteous. Show a positive attitude.
Tip: Say hi and smile to co-workers as you pass them at work, compliment a family member on how great their dress looks.
8. Reach out
Don't wait around for others to come to you. Create opportunities to spend time with friends by suggesting things to do. Join in conversations and give your opinion.Celebrate an event together or invite friends / colleagues for lunch / dinner.
Tip: Reach out to the people you care about. Spend time with a co-worker or friend.
Listening is a great way to strengthen and build friendships. Get people to open up by asking questions that can't be answered in just one word, like yes or no. Let them talk. Resist the urge to interrupt with your own comments and stories.
Tip: Is your friend or family not listening when you talk? Try giving them a chance to say something. Ask what they think of a new song you heard or if they have any plans for the weekend.
10. Support Others
Support is always both taking and giving. If you want others to be there for you, you have to be there for them, too. Check on your friends or family and help them out when you can. Sometimes small favours mean the most.
Tip: Do something small to brighten someone's day. Make a friend smile by calling them, emailing or texting them a joke, get someone a small treat for their birthday or any special occasion.