A Smoking Slip-Up?
There is nothing easy about giving up cigarettes. Most smokers attempt to quit more than once. In fact, many try three to five times before they can quit for good. If you slip, here are some tips to get back on the nonsmoking track:
· Don't be discouraged. Having a cigarette or two doesn't mean you can't quit smoking. A slip happens to many, many people who successfully quit. Keep thinking of yourself as a nonsmoker. You are one.
· Learn from experience. What was the trigger that made you light up? Were you driving home from work, having a glass of wine at a party, feeling angry with your boss? Think back on the day's events until you remember what the trigger was.
· Take charge. Write a list of things you will do the next time you face that "trigger" situation — and other tempting situations as well. Sign a new contract with your support person to show yourself how determined you are to kick the habit.
It takes determination to stop any type of addiction, but the struggle is well worth it. Your heart will thank you someday.
Source: The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). The NHLBI does not recommend or endorse any company advertised on this site.