At Christmas time, we gather our friends and family to spend time with one another before starting a new year. We share food, stories, and gifts, but in the end, it’s the time spent together that means the most. That’s what gives rise to ‘the spirit of Christmas’ – that extraordinary feeling of warmth and companionship that makes the holiday season special.
Quitting smoking is always a difficult process. We all have a lot on our plates, and it often seems like now “isn’t the right time” to do it. In reality, Christmas is the perfect time to quit smoking. Here are 10 reasons why ditching your smoking habit is definitely in the spirit of Christmas and should be something you aim for this holiday season.
Your family are around
Quitting is a difficult process at the best of times, so it pays to have your loved ones around to support you when you’re struggling with the process. You’ll count on their invaluable support while quitting, so what better time to do it than when they’re all gathered in one place?
It makes present buying easy
Coming up with gifts that people will genuinely want is difficult, especially these days now that everyone has everything they could desire. However, if your family are aware that you intend to quit, it makes it easy to buy for you. That’s because you’ll be wanting products to help you quit smoking, like Nicorette gum or Habitrol nicotine patches. These make it ten times easier to manage your cravings, and you’ll appreciate the gift.
Food fills your cravings
It’s no secret that nicotine is addictive, and quitting it results in cravings for a smoke during the withdrawal period. These cravings will mostly stop after just a few weeks, so you need to do what you need to do in order to get through that period. With all the delicious Christmas food around during the season, you’ll have plenty of tasty treats to satisfy you when you’re craving a cigarette. So, instead of going out for a smoke, have some more trifle instead.
You don’t have to work
Some of us take a few weeks over the Christmas/New Year period, while others might just get a few days. However much time you have, you’ll be glad for the days off while you’re quitting smoking. Being able to relax will help you through the worst of it – just make sure you keep yourself a little busy, as being distracted helps reduce cravings too.
It’s a gift to your family
Smoking harms families and the people we love. When some people in your family see you with a habit that harms your health, it can be difficult for them to accept. Also, if there are children around, your smoking could influence them in the future, or they could be harmed by second-hand smoke. Making an effort to quit around your family shows that you’re committed to them and to being a good role model for the young ones. That’s the best gift you can give.
There’s a positive mood around
When you quit smoking, you might find it affects your mood for a while. Quitting can make you grumpy! However, it’s hard to stay mad when you’re around the spirit of Christmas. Just make sure you’re up for the party – trying nicotine replacement therapy can deal with some of the negative mood affectations and help you enjoy the holiday spirit.
You can quit together
If others in your family are smokers, Christmas is the perfect time for you to decide to go through the quitting process together. Having someone else there who is experiencing the same thing as you is invaluable, and you’ll be able to keep each other on track.
You’ll save money for other things
Creating the perfect spirit of Christmas is exciting, but everyone will admit it costs a bit of cash. Between buying all the ingredients to make the meals, lights and decorations, the tree, and the presents, Christmas can suck up a bit of money. Ditching your smoking habit will save a whole lot of coin for the things that matter—the things your whole family can enjoy together.
It’s a time of change
The seasons have changed, and you’re at the end of another year. Having time off to relax allows the time for more reflection upon how the year has gone, what you’ve achieved, and what you want to change in the future. Seize this natural opportunity to make a change that will benefit your health in the long term and quit for the new year.
You’re giving a gift to yourself
Typically, it’s a bad look to gift yourself a Christmas present. However, everyone will make an exception when you give yourself the gift of good health. Quitting cigarettes will improve your health, fitness, and help you live longer. That means you’ll be around for plenty more Christmases to come – and what better gift is there than that?
Say Merry Christmas and quit today
Why would you spend Christmas smoking out in the cold when you could be enjoying all the time you have with your loved ones? Making the effort to quit embodies the spirit of Christmas and is a huge gift to your family and yourself. If you’re worried about being moody and grouchy all holiday season, try nicotine replacement therapy to deal with the cravings. Kea Health is a top expert in NRT and is always happy to help you figure out what product is right for your needs. Contact us today to start your journey to health, or start shopping quit smoking aids today here at Kea Health!