Achieve Your Goals: How to Stick to Your Resolutions
Resolution 3: "I Will Finally Quit Smoking"You're most likely to relapse...
...in a week to a month. Roughly 70 percent of smokers say that they want to stop, but less than 10 percent are able to quit cold turkey. Thinking like an addict is the reason most light up again, says Dr. Prasad. It's easy to remember only the good times -- all those happy hours in your 20s -- and forget the deadly side effects.Relapse-Buster 1
Avoid temptation. You've quit, so why are you still holding on to your lighters, ashtrays, or that emergency pack? Dump them all ASAP so there are no more reminders of your former fire-breathing self, says Dr. Prasad. Otherwise, "You just prolong the misery of trying to stop." If you live with a smoker, request that they take their icky habit outside or into a designated smoker's room: the basement.Relapse-Buster 2
Don't go where you've gone before. Just as alcoholics should avoid bars, quitters should avoid situations in which they may be likely to indulge, says Marlatt. Some tweaks may be temporary until you reach the 90-day mark. Others -- a favorite smoky haunt -- may have to go for good.Relapse-Buster 3
Find a viable replacement. You're less likely to revert to old habits if you develop new behaviors to replace those you're giving up, says Marlatt. For example, if you always lit up over your morning coffee, don't drink coffee -- try caffeinated cocoa or tea instead. If you smoked to reduce stress, find a new release, such as exercise. If you smoked to boost your mood, plan something enjoyable to do every day -- an art exhibit on Monday, the movies on Tuesday, and so on. Just think, if you were a three-pack-a-week smoker, that's roughly $15 multiplied by 52 weeks, which equals mani-pedis galore.
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