The First Day You Quit Smoking

Okay, the alarm goes off. It’s your first morning as an ex-smoker...

You’ve prepared for this. You know when your triggers will be popping up. And you know how to beat them when they do. So, don’t linger in bed.

Get up! Do things! Attack the day!

Just focus on getting through this ONE day without smoking. Here are some things for you to do on the day you quit smoking:

Put on your nicotine patch or use your other nicotine replacement medication right away. Dress, eat, grab a bottle of water and some candy or toothpicks and just GO.
You’re going to think a lot about cigarettes today. Just be aware of this ahead of time. Let the thoughts come into your mind. Big deal. Don’t deny their existence. Let them come in, sit down and complain for a minute and then show them the door. They’ll show up a lot at first, and then their visits will become fewer and farther between.
If the thoughts don’t leave right away, get up and do something. Just stay active. Drink tons of water and keep it up all day long. Take a walk. Stay on the move.
As you head into the day, remember that life’s not going to be different just because you stop smoking. Your first day of quitting smoking will bring with it the same surprises and unexpected events like any other day. The bus might not come. Or the boss might be mad. But what you’ll discover is that smoking never got rid of any of these stresses anyway. Not once. Not ever. Smoking never made the next bus come sooner.
Once you get some quit time under your belt, you’ll begin to realize that, yeah, you missed the bus, and your boss is a jerk and…life goes on. And you’ll do it all without a cigarette. You can survive your first day of quitting smoking.

 

As the day goes on, remember your smoking triggers and be ready for them.

Remember all the things we've talked about to resist your craving:

Use your nicotine replacement medication.
Breathe deeply.
Drink water.
Stay busy.
Chew gum.
Ride out the urge.
Read your list of reasons to quit smoking.
And lean on your support team.

You’ll be surprised at how fast the day flies by, and you’ll start to see that quitting smoking really IS possible. You’ve done what you set out to do. You’re getting through one day without smoking. For many of us at EX, the first day of quitting smoking turned out to be easier than we thought.

Days two and three of quitting smoking will throw some curveballs at you, so maybe it’s time to arm yourself with even more tactics. In the slip-ups section we spell out some of the common things that cause people to start smoking again (a.k.a. slip-up or relapse), including triggers and “slippery places.”

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