Your setback is the platform for your comeback!” – Steve Harvey
Finding a way to get back on track after smoking again can be hard, but a setback doesn’t have to be the end of your smoke-free journey. You have already taken the first step in bettering your health and living a healthier lifestyle, and for that, you should be proud! Life is made up of many choices, and the choice to quit smoking can add years to your life. Take a look below at these four tips to get you back on track and living smoke-free!
Here’s what you can do to get back on track:
Don’t be too hard on yourself
Setbacks happen, but you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself or become discouraged. Take a moment to figure out what happened and why you started smoking again. Was it due to a trigger? Stress? Finding out what went wrong is important so that you can make things right again. Once you’re able to identify the reason or reasons, give quitting another try, keeping in mind the mistake that was made before. You still have the opportunity to become smoke-free for good!
Consider seeking additional resources
Quitting is a hard task and seeking out supportive resources can help you greatly. Talk to your loved ones about your decision to quit smoking. Having a supportive friend or family member by your side can help you along this journey. Also, know that there are free resources in Orange County to help you. Consider attending a FREE quit smoking class where you can get expert help. Take a look at the myHEALTHoc calendar for dates, times, and locations. For more information on FREE countywide smoking cessation services for teens and adults who live, work, or attend school in Orange County call 1-866-NEW-LUNG, or 1-866-639-5864.
Remind yourself the reason you chose to quit
Getting back on track can be easier said than done, but reminding yourself of why you chose to be smoke-free in the first place can push you back in the right direction. Was it for your kids? To live a healthier lifestyle? To take back control of your life? Whatever the reason, you are capable of achieving your goals. Take it one day at a time and remember your reasons for quitting with each step that you take.
Think about the future
One day, you will be right where you want to be and all of your hard work will be worth it. Think of all of the joys that come from living smoke-free and continue to push forward towards this goal. As the days go by, you’ll be proud of your decision and soon you’ll be living the life you’ve always wanted, smoke-free!
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