It’s not you, it’s your quit plan that might need to change. What’s working and what could be better? Quitting smoking is one of the best things you can do for yourself. You’ve already taken the biggest step, which is to commit to quit. This Monday, it’s time to reassess.
It’s good to remember that the average smoker may relapse several times before quitting. Use Monday to re-engineer your quit plan to include unexpected hurdles. If you have a setback, don’t beat yourself up. Personalizing it might be the key to quitting.
You’ve got options. Here’s a list of ways to prevent slip-ups and relapses. Giving in to a craving could simply mean you need to line up a different kind of distraction. Maybe you need more distraction, rewards, or support? Plan to spend time with friends who are also trying to quit smoking or have already quit. You’ll have a lot to share. It could give you more ideas to make your quit plan stronger.
If you found yourself in a situation that triggered you to smoke, write it down so you can devise a strategy to avoid it or get through it next time. Managing triggers is an important part of a quit plan, and it can take several quit attempts to overcome them all. Acknowledge and celebrate all of your progress. If you went one day without a cigarette, that’s an accomplishment. If you smoked less over the course of a week, that’s also a step in the right direction.
Stay positive. Quitting is hard and you’re doing something huge. You’re on your way to a healthier life and a fatter wallet! You can also be grateful for small signs of progress. Once you reach the end of your journey, you’ll be smoke-free.
With some willpower, support, and the flexibility to adjust your quit plan to fit your changing needs, you can stay quit for good. This Monday, make your quit plan the best it can be until you finally quit and stay quit.