Are you in danger of letting one “little” slip turn into a full blown relapse? You bet you are! Once you have reintroduced nicotine into your system and reinforced that smoking helped you – have fun, overcome stress, relax, fight off hunger, whatever it may be you will be in danger of turning one slip into a relapse.
Consider this quote:
“What do you first do when you learn to swim? You make mistakes, do you not? And what happens? You make other mistakes, and when you have made all the mistakes you possibly can without drowning – and some of them many times over – what do you find? That you can swim?”
Of course when it comes to quitting smoking you want to make as few mistakes as possible but the point I am trying to make is to make as few as possible and LEARN from them. No matter how many times you have to quit smoking keep trying you will learn.
Now consider this…The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. This is where you will end up if you don’t learn from your mistakes. You will be destined to smoke for the rest of your life, however long you have left.
Use your mental coping strategies to overcome. Remind yourself why you are quitting and that smoking has no benefit. Use other proven methods out there that replace what you think smoking does for you such as stress relief. Don’t beat yourself up about slipping – pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get back on track.