Avoiding a Smoking Relapse
- Keep a support buddy's cell number and use it when you feel a craving or as needed. Also, if you're using a patch, gum or inhaler, use it for cravings or as needed.
- Stay away from people who are smoking or speak to them in an assertive way. Let them know what you are trying to accomplish so they can be supportive.
- Stay away from alcohol or limit your alcohol intake if you used to drink and smoke at the same time.
- If you are upset, try deep, slow breathing or call someone, especially someone you really want to talk to, to distract yourself, problem solve or find support.
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- Accepting a few pounds because being thin from smoking is associated with poor health
- Eating more healthy foods, eating more slowly (put your fork down between bites) and learning to enjoy food more while taking your time
- Drinking a glass of water before you start a meal so you can feel fuller and less hungry
- Developing new rituals to end your meal, like taking a walk or brushing your teeth.
Take an active part in finding rewarding life activities. Develop new, positive and creative outlets or "healthy escapes." The greater your sense of well-being, the less likely some negative emotion will overwhelm you and trigger you back to old rote and automatic smoking behavior. Remember your emotional life is like a garden. You must work on weeding out problems and cultivating living and growing life projects. Smoking addiction tends to feed on and crop up in unweeded gardens. Live well without tobacco!
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