Half of us make New Year resolutions, but 90% are broken within six weeks. Michele O’Connor asks the experts how to make your good intentions last. You want to… GIVE UP SMOKING According to the Office for National Statistics, more than 70% of people who currently smoke say they want to give up. So how can you do it? ■ Pick a date, advises nutritionist Suzie Sawyers (feelaliveuk.com). “In a recent study of quitters, the group that stopped smoking on a set date were significantly more successful than those who gradually cut back.” ■ Identify your triggers. “This means you can develop coping mechanisms to deal with each one,” says Cheryl Lythgoe from Benenden Health (benenden.co.uk). “For example, if you like to smoke after finishing a meal, chew gum instead. A craving can last five minutes, so do a crossword puzzle, go for a walk or run a bath until the temptation has passed.” ■ Try a cognitive behavioural therapy technique to retrain your thoughts,” says Stuart Gale of oxfordonlinepharmacy.co.uk. “If you tell yourself ‘I don’t smoke’, rather than ‘I can’t smoke’, you remove the suggestion that you have had to give something up.” ■ List the benefits of quitting…. Read full this story
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