Some people say it is useless to try quitting smoking because, no matter how hard you try, relapses are inevitable! However, it would be a shame to start with a defeatist mindset. Knowing certain tips can decrease the chances for smokers to relapse or help them to react in the case they yield, without erasing all the efforts they had made until then.
December 19, 2018
Here is a list of rules you should follow to prevent the risks of relapse.
To stay motivated, prepare a list with all the benefits of smoking cessation. Keep it with you and don’t hesitate to read it once in a while and even to add things to it as you go along. You will see you can always find new advantages.
Here are some of the benefits of smoking cessation, from which you can expand to write your own personal list.
If you have a relapse and smoke a cigarette, it does not mean that all the efforts you have made so far are to be forgotten. Indeed, a smoker usually faces between 2 and 4 relapses before quitting completely, so keep in mind that you are not the first one nor the only one to give in, this is a "normal" step in the whole process.
So, if you have a relapse, here are some rules you should follow to regain control of the situation. First of all, if you have bought a cigarette pack, get rid of it, give it to someone else or throw it away. You must not keep it or the temptation will be too strong. On top of that, you should think about what led you to this relapse. Try to imagine how you could react if this should happen again. Finally, do not see it as a failure and do not blame yourself for it, this would be pointless and of no good for you.