Quit smoking one hour at a time..
Sometimes, even thinking about going a whole day without a cigarette seems impossible, so it’s ok to break that time-frame down even further. Do not concern yourself with next year, next month, next week or even tomorrow OR even two hours from now. Concentrate on not smoking right now.
As your day progresses, allow the time duration without smoking to increase without “weirding yourself out”. Here’s how you can incorporate this into your day, as you get started with quitting …
When you wake up, focus on making it through getting ready and your morning routine without smoking before you get in the car. Once in the car, whether you are driving to work, running errands or taking the kids to school, convince yourself you will not smoke while in the car. Cravings and urges may come, but stay strong and stick to not allowing a cigarette while driving.
Once the trip to work, errands, or taking the kids to school is complete, set a goal of not smoking for the next few hours. The next hurdle will probably be lunch. Convince yourself you can eat this meal without a cigarette before or after.
Now recognize you are halfway through your day and you’ve not smoked. Take a moment to congratulate yourself and SMILE. This will feel good!
Now, it’s time to set a new goal of just another hour or two or dinnertime. Again, take comfort in the fact you are “doing it” and you are successfully leaving cigarettes in your past (you’ve gone hours!).
Just like at lunch, accept the fact that smoking before or after dinner is not acceptable today.
Lastly, as your day unwinds and the time you go to bed approaches, hang on to the determination you’ve shown all day. Get some well-deserved sleep; arising the next day with either your first (or another) 24 hours smoke-free behind you.
Pretty soon, you’ll be able to say #ifinallyquit.