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04/19/2018

10 Tips for Breaking Your Smoke-Break Routine

Beyond an addiction to nicotine, part of what makes quitting so hard is breaking the habit of taking that quick smoke break. In fact, if you’re like most smokers, your daily routine is likely built around them.

The good news is you don’t have to break up with the ritual of taking a break. Instead, you can fill that time with a different to-do. And we’re here to help with 10 easy ways to give your mind a breather while keeping your hands busy.

1. READ A BOOK

Getting lost in a good read is a good way to keep your mind occupied. And, in Minnesota, we have an amazing public library system, which means a free read is almost always nearby. Find one near you here.

2. PLAY A MOBILE GAME

If you’re like most, you’re phone is always with you, so tap into a gaming app during your break. Many games are free or available for a dollar or two in the App Store or Google Play.

3. PHONE A FRIEND

A quick chat with a friend or family member not only helps fill the time, but gives you a real reminder of why you’re quitting: being there and healthy for your loved ones.

4. DO A SUDOKU

If you haven’t already, check out a sudoku puzzle. This brain-teasing game can be found in books at your local book store and for free online on sites like this one.

5. PLAY CARDS

Stack the deck in your favor by picking up a new, fun pastime. A game like solitaire is a good go-to—all you need are the cards and a little bit of free time.

6. WORK IT OUT

Within three months of quitting, your lung function begins to improve. So put them to use by doing a light workout on your break. You can fit a lot of fitness—squats, jumping jacks, lunges and more—into 10 minutes.

7. GO FOR A WALK

Take a brisk 10 – 15 minute walk, trying new routes to enjoy different scenery. Within three months of quitting, you’ll notice that your lung function is already improving—enjoy it!

8. PLAN SOMETHING FUN

Celebrate your success and start planning a local adventure to experience something new with all of the cash you’ve saved. A former pack-a-day smoker saves about $225 a month by quitting.

9. SIP ON SOMETHING

Swap out the cigarette for a straw. Enjoy your favorite beverage—a flavored water, a bubbly soda or an iced coffee—through a straw.

10. RUN AN ERRAND

Whether it’s searching for something online or walking to the post office, checking things off your to-do list can help you feel even better about your decision to quit smoking.