While there are certainly endless options on things to do while all of your family, friends or co-workers take that smoke break, there are definitely a few activities that can serve dual or triplicate purposes. Not only is it important to simply just resist the urge to join the others, but it is also important to keep the mind busy with other options that will also prevent just having that overwhelming urge to smoke. Here are a few options you can try to resist those compelling urges.
1. Brain Games
What could be better than avoiding damaging your body further with smoking, than actually growing and improving on many elements of your own brain? Brain games have been proven to help increase memory, cognition, quicken reflexes, and so much more. So if you are in a place where you can jump on the web when others head out to smoke, try out sites like Luminosity, FitBrains, and Memorado. These games will keep your brain so busy that you’ll probably be surprised when the usually long and lonely smoke break seems to dash by in record time.
2. Keep a Call List
Not only will making a couple of quick phone calls during smoke break time allow you to keep your mind busy and away from partaking in the break yourself, but it is also a great way to keep up with those important in your life and to let them know it. Many people tell themselves they need to make time to call this person from high school or that old co-worker they miss, but never do. Make the commitment to get to those calls during these breaks and the dual purposes of smoke break tasks begin to make themselves look abundantly more clear.
3. Quick Errands
If you have a longer break, taking care of errands when you can is always dually rewarding. It will seem a great investment of time when you can end your work day earlier than usual and perhaps be able to drag a third reward out later with your extra time.
4. Listen to Music
Music therapy is very effective for many. It is utilized in the most professional and viable physiological and psychological therapies on earth. Be prepared for break time by lining up your perfect playlist and sailing away.
Just like music, reading can take you away and keep your mind incredibly busy. Most Smartphones can utilize reading apps and striking up your favorite fantasy world is only as far away as your phone.
6. Motivational Mantra
In those moments of struggle where you are giving serious consideration to rejoining the smoke break crowd, go over in your head all of the reasons you have for quitting in the first place. If those reasons end up a slow mantra that gets you through the next 15 or 30 minute break, than absolutely review them, every time the situation requires it.
There are thousands of other activities you can participate in to avoid joining the crowd when smoke break time comes. Find the best options for yourself that occupy and distract your mind in those earliest days and you’ll only find greater methods to utilize as your urge to join the crowd diminishes over time. Check out this video for a good bit more motivation.