3 Ways to Anticipate & Plan for Challenges You’ll Face When You Quit
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Most people who go back to smoking do it within three months. Why? Because the first three months after you quit are hard. Anticipating and planning ahead will make it easier for you to stay smokefree.
Start by doing the following:
Know your triggers
Certain people, places, things, or situations can make you want to smoke. Knowing what triggers you will help you avoid the temptation.
Prepare for cravings
Cravings only last a few minutes, so come up with a list of quick and easy 10-minute distractions you could do instead of smoking when a craving hits.
Plan for withdrawal
Withdrawal is your body adjusting to not having nicotine; not everyone has symptoms of withdrawal, but if you do, it helps to know what’s happening.
Keeping a Craving Journal (PDF) can help you figure out when you want to smoke the most. See when you are tempted to smoke and come up with a plan for how to deal with the urge to smoke before it hits.