5 tips to help you keep your New Year's resolution
Posted on 10 January 2017 by Matt Brown.
We're a couple of weeks into the New Year already (I know, time flies) and many people are still getting to grips with their New Year's resolution. Among the most popular resolutions is the desire to give up cigarettes, which can be easier said than done. To help, we've come up with 5 tips to help you stick to your resolution going forward.
This post was first published on Jan 16th, 2016, but we thought it was good enough to share again.
1. Be realistic
The most important step in succeeding with your resolution is to set a realistic goal. If you've been smoking 2 packs a day for years, it's going to be tough to switch to a 0mg e-liquid overnight, and your chances of success will be low.
Instead, you'll be much more likely to succeed by establishing what strength of e-liquid you'll need to replicate your smoking habits and to step down gradually from here. If you've been a particularly heavy smoker in the past, you may also find it less jarring to resolve to cut down on the tobacco while gradually switching over to e-cigs (though many vapers will fairly easily be able to switch over entirely reasonably quickly).
2. Plan ahead
As Benjamin Franklin once said, "If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail."
When starting out, it's important you plan effectively, so that you're not left without e-liquid, or replacement coils for your tank.
Daily usage can vary a lot from user to user, but a good ballpark estimate to start from is around one fill of a tank per day. The most popular tanks currently hold around 2ml of e-liquid, so as a guide, you should plan to use around 15-20ml of e-liquid per week (to allow a little headroom).
Almost all tanks these days use replaceable coils, with most coils lasting for around 7-10 refills needing to be replaced. On average, customers usually find that they'll need to replace their coil around once per week, so It's a good idea to have a stock of replacement coils to hand - there's nothing worse than being left without a coil to use while you wait for the postman to appear.
The battery being used will have a big impact on how long you can go between charges, with a higher battery capacity (mAh) offering more vaping time before you need to recharge. Again, usage does vary from user to user, but in our experience, most people can get through the day on around 800-1000mAh of battery capacity (so 2x 400mAh batteries may suit, or a 1000mAh SERIES-E battery instead).
3. Pick the right device
Choosing the right device for you is going to make a big difference to whether you succeed at kicking tobacco. Picking something that lacks the power you need, or has too many features to get to grips with, is just going to make things more difficult.
That's why we developed the SERIES-S. Perfect for new users, it's easy to pick up and use, while also packing plenty of power and flexibility.
The SERIES-S supports both mouth to lung and direct lung (sub-ohm) vaping, making it a great choice for all types of vaper.
4. Track your progress
When making any changes to your lifestyle, be it saving money, losing weight, or giving up cigarettes, tracking your progress is essential if you want to be able to gauge how far you've come. There are a variety of apps available which will allow you to do just that, most offering features which enable you to track how many days since you last smoked a cigarette, and how much money you've saved. Having a solid number to refer to may just give you that little extra motivation you need to keep going.
It's often said that it takes 21 days to learn new behaviour (though this is subject to some dispute). In any event, the key message is that it does take time to break a habit. If the going is tough early on, try to focus on your end goal. Any new behaviour is going to take a while to bed in, but it does get easier with time.
Bonus Tip - Don't stress
Finally, a little bonus tip for you. If you've already broken your New Year's resolution, don't beat yourself up. The secret behind resolutions is that they aren't tied to any specific date on the calendar, and starting over is as easy on June 30th as it was on January 1st.