Five Coping Skills to Help Manage the Transition to a Smoke Free Life
The transition phase is very short in relation to the number of years that you have spent conditioning your mind and body to smoke, so don’t be too hard on yourself or surprised if there are a few bumps in the road to a happy smoke filled life.
Coping Skills for Transition to Nicotine Freedom
1. Write down why you wanted to quit smoking
We all have reasons why we want to stop smoking, many of the reasons why I wanted to quit smoking are probably similar yours, while some are probably unique to you. Write your reasons for quitting on paper and carry it with you at all times – put it in your purse or wallet and add more reasons over time as you think of them. This list is a great tool to help overcome any sudden urges to smoke.
2. Know When You're self sabotaging
Thoughts of having ‘just the one’ may happen in the transition phase, your mind will try very hard to rationalise why you just have to smoke, get prepared for this eventuality as unfortunately it happens to most of us when we quit smoking. Read these articles to help you reframe this self sabotage.
3. Be Prepared for Triggers
Physical withdrawal triggers an urge to smoke in all of us to some degree. The physical withdrawal is very short and the focus shifts to psychological triggers once the nicotine is out of the blood stream. You have built up mental associations with smoking for many years and they have become a part of your life, you might even think of smoking as somehow a part of who you are. Focus on breaking down the mental habits and remind yourself that the feelings are a normal part of transition and you are no longer addicted to nicotine – you enjoy not smoking.
Read the distraction tips section of the Hypnotic Health Stop Smoking Program ebook.
4. Get Connected
Surround yourself with friends who don’t smoke and talk to those you know who have made the journey to smoking freedom. And of course I am here to help you.
5. Reward Yourself!
Every day smoke free means that you have put more distance between yourself and cigarettes, creating a stronger resolve and making associations more and more remote. Reward yourself for the victory – count your savings or treat yourself to a good book or hot bath– it doesn’t have to be elaborate just something small to congratulate yourself and remind yourself how great you are doing.