Many smokers suffer from slip-ups or replapses the first time they quit smoking.
Although they may sound like the same thing, it’s important to make the distinction; a slip-up is when you have one or two cigarettes and then continue to be a non-smoker whereas a relapse is when you fall into your old routine of smoking regularly every day.
In both cases, it is important to remain positive because if you beat yourself up too badly about your lack of willpower, you will continue to smoke to make yourself feel better.
Treat a slip-up or a relapse as an opportunity to review the reasons why you quit in the first place and remind yourself just how bad those cigarettes taste and smell. Look at what caused you to light up that cigarette so that you can avoid doing it again.
Then, stop smoking again.
My personal belief (based on my experiences working with people that want to quit smoking) is that it takes multiple attempts to quit. Of course, there are a some people that can successfully quit the first time they try but most people need more practice at quitting.
I lost count of how many times I tried to quit before I became a non-smoker – sometimes I’d last a day, sometimes a few weeks and sometimes only an hour – but the important thing is that I never gave up giving up. And neither should you.
Each time you smoke a cigarette, you’re telling your brain that this is what your body needs and it becomes a habit. Similarly, each time you say ‘no’ to a cigarette you’re giving your brain the opposite message and eventually the habit will be destroyed.
If you have a slip-up or a relapse, don’t be too disheartened because many of us have been in the same situation. We all make mistakes and mistakes help us to learn and be better equipped to deal with similar situations in the future.
Yes, a slip-up or a relapse is not ideal but the important thing to remember is:
Don’t Give Up Giving Up!