Holding a gaming controller to play games with friends and help take the mind off smoking.

#1 Arcade: Play Games to Cope with Withdrawal Symptoms

When you stop smoking, one of the things you can do is play games with your friends at arcades.

Arcades may have a bad rep but modern-day ones offer good clean fun with games to entice all levels of gamers.

Unleash your inner rock star with Guitar Hero, or race your friends in Project Gotham Racing! If you want to get your blood pumping, then get moving with WII Sports Resort or Dance Dance Revolution 4. Prefer something more sedentary? Then try your hand at being the first property tycoon in a game of Monopoly City.

You’ll need a focused mind and concentration to play these games—just what you need to keep your mind off cigarettes and withdrawal symptoms!

Related: Game Your Way to 10,000 Steps A Day

#2 KTV: Sing Away Your Nicotine Cravings

Did you know that singing out loud can have positive effects on your health? Singing is fun and uplifting, which works wonders on your mood and emotional well-being.

So if you feel like relieving tension or if you just want to spend an enjoyable moment with your pals, head on to your nearest karaoke, belt out those hits and beat those nicotine withdrawal cravings!  

Related: Expressing Yourself Through the Arts

#3 Skate Park: Be Sk*er Boys (and Girls!) to Kick the Habit

Have you ever watched Disney on Ice and wondered what it’s like to glide over the ice? Why not experience this for yourself by heading down to one of the ice-skating rinks in Singapore?

Ice-skating is similar to rollerblading, except you can pick up speed much quicker and with less effort. You will also learn balance and manoeuvres that will make you more agile. There are friendly instructors to give you pointers should you need help. Your body may feel sore the next day, but it's a great way to be physically active while hanging out with friends

Chances are, you’ll feel good too because of the endorphins released during physical activity and you’ll find it easier to quit smoking for good. 

If skating is not your thing, you can try any other type of sport or games. Being fully engaged in any sport or game will help you keep your mind off smoking and kick the habit.

Related: What You Can Gain From Physical Activity

#4 Smoke-Free Eateries: Om Nom Nom to Fight the Urge to smoke

Eating is the ultimate Singaporean pastime and it’s best shared with friends and family! These days, you can find food galore everywhere you turn, even in the heartlands. And we’re not just talking about local zi char from your friendly neighbourhood coffee shop.

From Thai pineapple rice and Italian pasta to sushi to steaks, chances are you’ll be able to find a restaurant or cafe to suit your palate. Just be sure to pick a non-smoking eatery so you won’t be tempted to light up.

The best part of sharing a meal with friends and family is being in good company without thinking about smoking. They are your quit smoking support group. Go easy on the food intake to not put on excess weight!

​​Go ahead — enrich your mind, body and tummy. Life is only as fun as you make it!

Resources for Quitting

Join the I Quit 28-Day Countdown now! Call QuitLine at 1800 438 2000 for support, and visit participating retail pharmacies for advice that can help you quit.

Download the HealthHub app on Google Play or Apple Store to access more health and wellness advice at your fingertips.


Read these next: