"Slippery Places" and Things to Watch Out For
At EX, we say that something is slippery if there is a good chance that it could cause you to slip up and have a cigarette. People, places and things - even feelings - can all be slippery. So in your first few weeks of quitting, steer clear of these high-risk situations until you know for sure you can handle them. And think ahead, so you don't get into a tough spot.
|Bars and alcohol
One of the MAJOR reasons for relapse, alcohol makes it much easier to lose your resolve. Don’t risk it for at least a month.
The sidewalk outside work, the patio at a party, anywhere people gather to smoke...
|Friends who smoke
You can still be friends. Just let them know you need their support to quit smoking right now.
|Places you used to smoke
Obviously, you can’t avoid your car or your house, but if you used to smoke by the back door at work or at the diner down the street, take a break from those places for a while.
|H.A.L.T. (Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired)
You’re more likely to slip when you’re hungry, angry, lonely or tired, so take care of yourself.
If you find yourself in a tempting situation, do something about it immediately:
- Get up.
- Leave the room.
- Take a walk.
- Go home.
- Do whatever it takes to beat it. But get out of there.
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Dr. Taylor Hays from Mayo Clinic is an internationally-recognized expert on quitting smoking. Each week, his blog offers information and advice to help keep you on track to becoming an EX.
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