Are the holidays a good time to quit smoking?

Anne Mitchell Health Guide
  • The holidays can be stressful, hectic, and a time for partying. Normally this may not be considered a good time to make a major change in your life. But on the other hand, there is never a good time to quit smoking, so why not now?

    We often procrastinate life-changing steps such as quitting smoking or losing weight. We want to wait until we feel our lives are settled down and we have time to concentrate on the changes we need to make. However, as is so often the case in the plans we make, there is much in life that we simply cannot control.

    The truth is that if we wait until everything is perfect, it will never happen. The issue with smoking is that we turn to it in times of stress, excitement, joy, sadness, boredom, and pretty much every other emotion known to man and woman.

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    Because smoking is something we turn to no matter how good or bad our lives are going, there is really no reason to wait for some special occasion. Why keep waiting for a day that never comes? Do it now and be able to look back upon your success that much sooner!

    Of course, there could be some exceptions to this rule. For example, if we are in the middle of a divorce, a move, and a new job, that could spell trouble. There is no sense in setting ourselves up for failure. You do want to have things on a relatively even keel.

    The trick is in not waiting until you feel EVERYTHING is right, because that day will never come and you will be a smoker for many more years than you ever thought you would be. I know because I’ve been there and done that.

    So consider quitting before or even during the holidays this year. Why should you wait for New Year’s Eve? Resolutions made on the first day of the year tend to be broken anyway, so give yourself a better chance by getting your resolution in early this year.

    What a wonderful Christmas gift that would be - both for those who love you and for yourself. You will be able to look back at 2008 as the year you finally did it. And next year you can look forward to the holidays with even more excitement since you know you got through them smoke-free before.

    If you want some help in getting ready to quit, please check this post out: Preparing to Quit. Glad tidings and good health to you and your family.

Published On: December 16, 2008