After going smokefree, take some time to reflect on your quit.
Congratulations, you Monday Quitter! Whether it’s been one week, one month, or one year, staying smokefree is a huge accomplishment. So go ahead and pat yourself on the back for your courage and determination to lead a healthier life. (Slip up? That’s ok! Just get yourself back on track.)
Every Monday, reaffirm your decision to stop smoking and reflect on your quit and the progress you’ve made so far. You can start your reflection by asking yourself these questions:
- What were your initial reasons for quitting smoking?
Think back to some of the reasons why you decided to first quit. How have these reasons played out? Which benefits are making a big impact on your life?
- What new reasons can you add to your list?
Was there an unexpected benefit to your quit? Add it to the list!
- What positive changes have you noticed about your health?
Think about how you’ve changed from before your quit to now. How has your health improved? Have you noticed your sense of smell getting better? Your breathing a little easier?
- How have those around you benefited?
Now think about the people around you like children, your partner, family/friends… how have they expressed their support for your quit? How does it feel to not expose them to secondhand smoke? Are you able to make more time for them now that you don’t have to take smoking breaks?
- How did you deal with your withdrawal symptoms and cravings?
What type of withdrawal symptoms did you experience and how did you overcome them? What triggered your cravings and how did manage to fight them off? Identifying the difficult points of your quit can help you prepare for and avoid them in the future.
- Is there anything else you can do to help make staying smokefree easier?
Do you feel like you could use more social support? Need better strategies to overcome cravings? Figure out what you need to help you stay smokefree and go out and get it.
- How much money have saved?
Using this nifty calculator, you can calculate how much money you have saved since going smokefree.
Now that you’ve spent some time to reflect on your quit, go out and celebrate! Take some of that money you’ve saved and spend it on a road trip, a fancy meal out, or a trinket that will remind yourself of the awesome job you’re doing! Need some other ideas? Here’s a list of them.
Want to share a part of your reflection? Go ahead on Twitter!