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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 help keep your cravings under control and still have fun.

MEET SOMEONE NEW

 

Introduce yourself to a non-smoker. Find out what interests you have in common. A conversation with someone new can help you stay focused.

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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