10 Motivational Tips to Help With Smoking Relapse
Quitting smoking can be one of the hardest things to do in the world. It takes willpower and help from outside sources. Of course sometimes you need some motivation to make sure you don’t relapse, or if you have relapsed something to help you stop falling completely back into the habit. To help you to stave off the feelings that might lead you to relapse here are ten tips to improve your motivation
Don’t Give Up on Giving Up
It may sound simple but giving up on giving up is the biggest cause of people relapsing. All it take it just one cigarette and months of hard work can be down the pan. Be strong and stick to your guns, just one cigarette is all it takes to put you right back at square one. Don’t give up of giving up, trust yourself that you can get through the tough moments.
Try Something New
If you’re really struggling then trying something new can give you the added motivation to stop yourself from relapsing, you can try new things. Find yourself a hobby that keeps your fingers busy. Try vaping. If you already vape try a new flavour. There are a wealth of different things that you can do to both help you stop from relapsing or from relapsing further. Just make sure that it’s something you think you’ll enjoy to keep you motivated to stop.
Increase Your Nicotine
I know what you’re thinking. Increasing nicotine, to keep motivated to stop a smoking relapse? It is the perfect thing you can do to keep you resolve up. Just make sure that your nicotine intake doesn’t come from cigarettes.
There are plenty of ways to take in nicotine without using cigarettes, so pick your favourite nicotine replacement treatment and whenever you feel a craving coming on use it to help you stay off the cigarettes. If you are already using a nicotine replacement treatment but are still struggling with cravings then increasing the amount you take in will help to keep your resolve strong.
Make Smoking Harder
That sounds harder than it sounds, but it really isn’t. All you have to do to make smoking harder is to ensure that you surround yourself with supportive people. If you’re with people who are supportive of your choice to quit then you won’t have to worry about people trying to tempt you back to smoking. As well as being around supportive people making sure that you don’t go places where you will be tempted to smoke. Steering clear from potential temptations is highly important when you first attempt to quit and it makes a relapse a lot less likely.
Get Professional Support
There are a number of different support networks when it comes to helping yourself to stave off relapses. If you are really feeling like you are struggling to resist temptation then the NHS smokefree helpline is a free number that you can call to get advice and support when it comes to ensuring that you don’t fall off the wagon.
Look at Your Family
One of the biggest reasons to quit smoking is so that you can see your children grow up. It’s not just seeing them grow up that you can look forward to though. Playing games with them, going on walks and all the different fun activities that you won’t be able to take part in.
If you ever feel like the temptation is too strong then just one look at your family should give you all the motivation you need to make sure that you don’t give in to the temptation and relapse. Your family is one of the biggest reasons for you to remain strong.
Do it for Yourself
If doing it for your family isn’t enough then doing it for yourself should tip the scales in the right direction. Making sure that you don’t relapse means that you can enjoy some of the best things in life. Not only that you can enjoy them for even longer. Every time you get the urge to smoke, just think of all the things that you enjoy doing. There has to be something on that list that makes it worth it. Even something as simple as playing squash with your friends becomes a lot easier when you’ve quit smoking, and if you still need a nicotine hit while you’re playing then you can always have a sneaky vape between points.
Don’t be Down on Yourself
If you do relapse it’s not the end of the world. Set a new date to quit and start from then. Make sure that this time you are committed and you show the desire needed to stay away from smoking. A new start date for quitting gives you something new to be excited about and to look forward to. It will help you to stay motivated towards quitting for good.
Use Mistakes as Learning Tools
Mistakes might feel like failures, but if you never made a mistake you’d never learn anything. If you make a mistake and relapse, use that mistake as a way to help you not do it again. If you find yourself out somewhere and people are smoking and the cravings get too much, invest in a vape. That way you have something to help you stave off cravings and stick to your goal of quitting. Always use your mistakes as ways to learn how to make sure that you don’t relapse again. It will help you to quit for good.
Don’t be Afraid to See Your Doctor
If all else fails then go and see your doctor. They won’t be mad, or disappointed. It is their job to help you stay in the best health possible. Go and see them if you think you might relapse, or if you already have. They will help guide you towards the best way to stay smoke free. It’s in their best interests, if you’re smoke free then there is less chance you will need their services in the long term. Your doctor is there to help you, let them help you.