Dealing with the Temptation after Quitting Smoking!

by Jayne Holden
(Auckland, New Zealand)

Dealing with the temptation after quitting smoking….one of the toughest things to deal with after you quit smoking is relapse, or simply the temptation of going to back to smoking. When you tried quitting smoking, inner self control must have been the one thing that helped.

The truth is that, even after you quit smoking, the only thing that will keep you away from that “ciggy”, is total willpower and the determination to never start smoking again. Feeling this sense relapse is common for many people, and as someone who quit smoking, you should know how to deal with it.

Temptation usually occurs when you are in specific situations such as, when you are around smokers, when you are stressed or angry or even when you are dissatisfied with yourself. No matter how intense the feeling may be, you need to have control over yourself and never go back to smoking. You would have known how much you went through to quit smoking, so do you really want to go through all that again? In order to prevent yourself from smoking again, there are a few things you can do.

• Even after you have quit smoking, you should still keep that goal on mind and never forget it. If you think you have succeeded, you will not have that level of self-confidence that got you there.

• Throughout your process of quitting smoking, you must have had people who either helped you or mentored you. It would be wise to stay in touch with such people, so that you can go back for help. Whether it is a doctor or a friend, they will always be willing to help you do the right thing in life.

• By no means should you even take one single puff after you have quit smoking. One puff could easily lead to another and another. Before you even know it, you will be walking around with a carton of cigarettes that nearly half empty.

At the end of the day, it all comes back to controlling your urges and cravings and dealing with the temptation of smoking.

Many people take up another habit or they do something else in order to forget about the thoughts of smoking. A very common thing that has been happening is that people have been turning to electronic cigaretteswhen they get the urge to smoke. Smoking an e-cig is considered to be very much the same thing and it does not mean you have quit smoking. When you have quit smoking for good, you should let your family, friends and colleagues know about it.

If your loved ones and friends know about how you are quitting smoking, you will be less likely to start again, knowing that you would have let them down. This seems to work on many occasions, so make sure to try it, if you are having trouble with relapse.