How to avoid a smoking relapse?
Cheers! Your interest in this topic means that you have already abstained from tobacco. Now you may feel great after getting rid of a dangerous habit. There could be some temptations and here are some techniques to avoid a smoking relapse.
The first part of quitting is probably the difficult one since you may have experienced strong urges to smoke. In course of time, it will fade away slowly, but even then you are not safe and you have to make constant vigil against situations that could lead to a smoking relapse. Once it happens, all your efforts will go awry.
When the temptation comes, remember how you have overcome the same in the past. Go back to the same things that you had done to quit it. Make a review of your past actions to arrest your habit and remind yourself of the reasons that prompted you to get away from the habit. Also think about the health benefits that you get as a result of getting out of tobacco.
Don't let stress to trigger it
Many of the ex-smokers curse stress as the reason for them to start the habit again. It is quite natural that when you get angry or if you are in a dejected condition or in stress, the craving may be there. In that case, remember that stress is a part with everyone’s life and even nonsmokers have stress. Cigarettes have nothing to do with stress. Believe in the old adage that within us lays both happiness and sorrow. You can easily overcome it if you have the will power. Here are some suggestions to overcome it.
1.Do some physical activity. Doing some physical activity will definitely reduce stress. Walking and moderate exercises will do a world of wonder to your body and mind.
2.Talk to a person whom you trust. If you think that you need external help, then talk with your counselor, doctor or trusted friends so that you will be relieved and they may be able to help you to get out of it.
3.Find some resources. You can find a number of self-help books that are available in the market to help you, and alternatively, you can also opt for stress management classes.
Don't sweat it out
You may find you have gained some weight after you quit. That is not unusual and the extra weight that you have gained will eventually lose in course of time. The only thing that you should focus on should be to get away from tobacco. You can use the Mayo Clinic Food Pyramid to guide your eating and do some regular physical activity to control your weight. If you are still concerned about your weight, then you may consult with your doctor.
Get the rewards
Since you are not buying any cigarettes, it will be nice to have a look at these statistics. Suppose you smoke one pack a day at $5 per pack, you save $5 in the first day, $35 in the first week, $150 in the first month, and $1,820 in a year. In ten years’ time, it will grow up to $18,200 and it will be a substantial amount.
Recover from a slip
Sometimes there may be some slips, but the right thing is not to continue with it, but to correct it. In case you have a slip, do the following:
1.Make it as a challenge. Do not wait for tomorrow to continue it, but make a vow that you will not do it again at any cost.
2.Figure out the problem. Try to figure out the situations that trigger your instinct and make a plan to avoid it. Learn from your slips, and never ever let it happen again.
Even if you failed in the first attempt, you may continue with your efforts. Many people were able to get rid of it only after several attempts.