How the app works
Much of the app focusses on boosting motivation and increasing self-confidence So you’ll get lots of feedback about the progress you’ve made and the gains you’ve achieved. You’ll get reasons to stay smoke free and facts to bust smoking myths. Other tools are designed to help you feel rewarded for your hard work and achievements. Set goals, commit to them and the app will help you feel proud when they’re achieved.
Every craving needs to be resisted because almost all single lapses turn into a full blown relapse. To help you stay quit you’ll get tips for dealing with different types of cravings and triggers, tools to help you prepare for and overcome difficult situations, techniques to help you get a better handle on what makes you want to smoke and brain-hacking ways to form new habits.
Coming to see yourself as a proud non-smoker is a great way of putting smoking in the past. Non-smokers simply don’t think about smoking, you see. It’s not what they do, it’s not who they are. We’ll suggest exercises you can do to nurture the new you; chief amongst which is the mantra “Not another puff, no matter what”. Make that second nature and you’ll dismiss cravings in seconds.
Lapsing isn’t failing, it’s an often unavoidable part of the process. Many smokers make more than 20 attempts before they succeed. We take an always understanding and completely non-judgemental approach towards lapse. Most importantly, we help you learn from the experience so you can get back on track in a better place. If you need to start again completely, that’s fine too; reset your quit date and the program will begin again when you’re ready.
How to use the app
How to use the app
Use the dashboard for a quick boost of pride
Keep checking your time smoke free, how much money you’ve saved and how your health is improving. You deserve to feel proud about how well you're doing.
Do something for your quit every day
Check-in with the chatbot or do a mission every day for at least the first month. Commit to this quit, keep doing things for it, make yourself accountable to something, even if only a bot.
Make full use of the support that's available
Lean on the advisors or other quitters, try the tips, follow the advice. Using help to quit isn’t cheating, it’s smart.
Keep your motivation up. Treat yo'self
Make sure you’ve added your motivation for quitting to the app so it's close to hand if ever you need a reminder. While you’re there, add a reward to buy yourself with the money you’re saving. This gives you something to look forward to and is a great way of making the benefits of quitting feel real.
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