Tips to Regain Your Positive Direction
For someone who has quit, a slip up is smoking a cigarette or two once in a while. But one cigarette can easily lead to picking up the habit again, thus becoming a relapse. Some people finish their quit completely in one attempt. But because it takes most people several attempts to quit for good, having a strategy programmed to restart will be extremely helpful for you.
Here are seven tips to help you get back on track after a relapse:
- Remain positive. Don’t let yourself fall into self-blame or depression from having relapsed. Any negative thinking will just decrease your chance of quitting.
- Review the triggers. Something caused you to relapse so take time to contemplate what happened and even write the triggers down. See if you can come up with a different strategy that could help you the next time you feel tempted.
- Renew your commitment. Review the reasons you quit in the first place and see if they are still motivators. If not, put some effort into finding new ones: better health, more attractive looks, cleaner home, stronger self-control, non-addictive life, etc.
- Rid your space. Make a clean sweep of your home, office, and car, and chuck those unsmoked cigarettes. Make sure you clean out all ashtrays and any lingering smell of smoke.
- Reach out. Don’t hesitate to see your healthcare provider if you need help with nicotine patches, medications, support, etc. Also, don’t hesitate to reach out to friends and support systems.
- Reaffirm your resolve. Wake up each morning and spend time before you get out of bed reciting an affirmation that keeps you quit. Something like, “I resolve today to stay smokefree no matter what happens.”
- Re-quit right away. Some experts say give yourself time to quit again, but another perspective says don’t let your relapse convince you to put off your quit. If you can, quit again (on a Monday!) soon after you’ve reflected on your relapse.
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