Holiday Party Survival Tips

Enjoying a holiday party can be difficult for even the most committed quitter. Triggers and temptations such as alcohol, rich food, and other smokers are all around. But with a few tricks and tips up your sleeve you can keep your cravings under control and still have fun.

NEW FRIENDS

 

If friends step outside to smoke, don’t go with them. Instead, go talk to that guy in the ugly holiday sweater. He looks like fun.

FIND A DISTRACTION

 

If a craving hits, distract yourself by doing something else. May we suggest standing under the mistletoe? 

INVITE A QUIT BUDDY

 

Ask someone at the party to be your “quit buddy”; someone who’ll help steer you away from your triggers.

DON'T STRESS!

 

Stress can be a trigger, so avoid uncomfortable conversations. Haven’t returned your neighbor’s hedge clippers? Don’t want to hear about your host’s golf vacation in Myrtle Beach? Excuse yourself and go mingle!

JUST BREATHE

 

If the urge to smoke gets too strong, take some deep, cleansing breaths to help you relax.

FOOD FIX

 

Big, heavy meals can be a trigger. Using a smaller plate can help you eat less. You can still have the pecan pie, just not as much.

DRINK SMART

 

For many, cigarettes and alcohol are partners in crime. Swap out the wine or booze infused eggnog with cider or non-alcoholic punch.

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