A slip doesn’t usually come out of nowhere, so think about what triggered it. What was happening right before you smoked? Where were you, and who were you with? How did you feel before the slip?
Just as importantly, what could you do differently next time? Some things that can help you stay quit include:
- changing your routine
- replacing old habits with new ones
- avoiding places you used to smoke for a while
- staying away from smokers for a while
- getting daily exercise
- having a strategy for getting through cravings (try the four Ds: delay, deep breathing, drink water, or do something else)
Remember that whenever you’re hit with a craving, you can post in the feed and use the “Craving” tag. This lets everyone know that you want to smoke and need support right away.
No matter what happens, don't risk your new smoke-free life! Do whatever it takes to stay quit.
Medical review: Nathan Cobb, MD September 12th, 2017