Stoptober is the month where thousands of people join together and give up smoking throughout October. It’s not too late to take part in Stoptober, just carry on as long as you need to make it a month of giving up cigarettes.
Research shows that people are five times more likely to give up the ciggies for good when they stop smoking for 28 days. You won’t be the only one to give up smoking during Stoptober, more than 25,000 people are already giving up smoking for the month!
The idea of giving up smoking is daunting, especially if you’ve tried to quit before and struggled.
We’re not going to tell you the do’s and don’ts of giving up as it’s a different experience for everyone but here are some tips to get you through Stoptober successfully.
You might find it easier to give up smoking if you reward yourself. You will save £212.92 from not buying cigarettes during Stoptober (based on a packet of 20 cigarettes a day for £7.00). Why not have a spending splurge after Stoptober has ended with the money you have saved from not buying cigarettes!
Don’t give up alone!
It’s a lot harder to give up with no support. Maybe consider giving up with a group of friends at work? That way you can discuss your Stoptober progress and have an immediate support network. You could even raise money for charity throughout Stoptober, that way you would feel inclined to keep off the ciggies as you’re doing it for a good cause.
Shake up your routine
You’ll find it harder to give up when you have a set routine. If your one of those people who get up and straight away have a cigarette with your morning coffee… STOP. Perhaps get in the shower first and then have a coffee as your getting ready… that way you might find it easier to not miss having the first cigarette of the day.
Combine methods of stop smoking treatments
You’re four more times more likely to give up smoking for good when you use two methods of smoking treatments. This could be a nicotine replacement to ease the cravings you are suffering and a holistic treatment such as Bowen Therapy to reduce the stress of giving up smoking.
How Bowen Therapy can help you give up smoking
Bowen Therapy is a non invasive treatment which can assist with reducing the stress of giving up smoking during Stoptober.
The Bowen Technique is a finger thumb rolling movement that is to applied specific points of the body. The advantage of having Bowen Therapy when you are giving up smoking is that it is a holistic treatment, meaning that the whole body is considered and adapts according to the treatment. The movements applied to the muscles encourage the body to release stress from a very deep level, easing the cravings and relieving the stress of giving up smoking.
Bowen Therapy sessions last between 30-60 minutes and the number of sessions can vary depending on the level of stress you are suffering throughout giving up smoking. You will find that you will be a lot more relaxed after each Bowen Therapy session and you will also find that the side effects of giving up smoking should reduce over a period of time whilst receiving Bowen Therapy.
To join the Stoptober campaign and receive support and advice for giving up smoking click here.
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