Family and friends tend to be our closest confidants and will likely make up the foundation of your support team.
There’s no one who wants to see you succeed more than your family and friends.
When building your support team, seek the help of individuals who understand you best and won’t judge or reprimand you for a slip-up. You should feel comfortable discussing the difficulties, challenges, and insecurities that will inevitably arise during your quest to quit. Because, unlike your favorite barista, shoe salesman, or mechanic, your family and friends are more likely to take time out of their day to talk you through instances of temptation.
But don’t forget that a support network is a two-way street; you must be open to questions and minor probing into your smoking habits. What may come off as invasive at first, is actually an important process necessary to helping you uncover repressed triggers that may be unconsciously compelling you to smoke.
Lastly, don’t be afraid to suggest to your support team how they can be the most effective. If you “slip up,” the American Cancer Society recommends that your quit buddy reminds you of how long you went without a cigarette, continues to offer you support, and helps you remember all the reasons why you wanted to quit.
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