Stoptober with your smartphone

October is now the month to better your life...
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Stoptober with your smartphone

What to give up for October...

October has all of a sudden become the month to abstain from all the stuff that’s bad for you. You can bin the cigarettes in support of Stoptober, ditch the booze and Go Sober For October and then grow a moustache in Movember – but we’ll worry about that later.

So what’s the best way to embrace sobriety while keeping your sanity and remaining sociable? You guessed it – your smartphone is always on hand to help.

The Stoptober app

The best thing about Stoptober is knowing you’re not alone in stubbing out your bad habit. The app is free, and available from the Google Play Store and App Store, offering loads of motivational tips to keep you going. There’s also inbuilt support from comedians Rhod Gilbert, Al Murray, Shappi Khorsandi and Bill Bailey.

Our favourite bits

By entering how many cigarettes you usually smoke on a daily basis, the app works out how much fuller your wallet could remain, and how much you could save going forward on a monthly and annual basis. As an example, five cigarettes a day would cost you £60.45 p/month or £711.75 p/year. That’s the price of a pretty decent holiday.

If you do feel yourself craving the very thing you’re trying to evade, there’s a panic button at the bottom left. When tapped, you’re met by a plethora of distractions from games and videos to tips and motivational messages. So hopefully when you find yourself tempted by boredom, you’ll be able to combat it appropriately.

28 days later

The app tells us that after not smoking for 28 days, you’ll be five times more likely to give up for good. Which is a pretty awesome statistic, don’t you think? Here are a few more:

  • After 48 hours damaged nerve endings start to regrow, returning sense of smell and taste to normal.
  • After 72 hours your body will be 100% nicotine-free.
  • After 6 days cravings down to three per day, lasting no longer than three minutes. Timing them is said to help.
  • After 10 days blood circulation in gums and teeth are now similar to that of a non-smoker.
  • After 2 weeks - heart attack risk has dropped substantially and lung function will improve.
  • After 3 weeks circulation has improved - walking and running will be easier.

There’s a constant theme running through the app, reminding you that you’re not on your own in this. Each day you’re doing something better for both yourself and the people in your life. Go you!

The dryathlon

And what about those of you out there who’re thinking about hanging up the old tankard for October? There are apps out there for you too, including one from the guys at Drinkaware (available for Android and iOS).

The app isn’t in direct association with the Go Sober For October campaign, but it does give those who’re looking to cut down, monitor, or quit a good launch pad from which to get things moving.

Weather you’re giving up smoking or drinking for October, we wish you the best of luck.

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