Beyond nicotine withdrawal: The rest of your life
Smoking? What smoking? You've nailed it, conquered the withdrawal symptoms and emerged triumphant and smoke-free. You now have a much healthier future to look forward to.1
And it's okay if you're not quite there yet. If you're still getting ready to quit, it's worth knowing how the rest of your life can be — smoke-free.
Let’s look at what the rest of your life holds once you are smoke-free.
Step 3: The rest of your life.
So, what might you expect to happen from here?
The temptation. Even once you beat the withdrawal symptoms, you might find there are certain things that tempt you back into smoking. These ‘triggers’ can be moods, feelings, places, people or things that remind you of how you felt when you smoked. You might feel tempted when you are around other smokers, when you are feeling stressed, when you have an alcoholic drink, or any number of everyday things that you associate with smoking. So it’s important that you know and recognise these triggers so they don’t take you by surprise. If you are prepared for them, you will be able to firmly say no to that temptation.4
Just a little slip. Relapses can happen even after you have been smoke free for years.5 So when you are happy, healthy and completely smoke free, you should still be aware of situations that might tempt you, and to be prepared to resist the urge.
If you do slip-up, don’t be disheartened or tough on yourself. You’re not alone. A recent study found smokers might need as many as 30 attempts before they finally succeed.6 Just remember the reasons why you wanted to quit in the first place, and how much better you felt smoke-free. Then take back the control and move forward with your mission to be smoke-free.
Even once the withdrawal symptoms have passed, the temptation to smoke might still rear its ugly head now and again.4 So, remember, as long as you are prepared, you will be able to resist any temptation that comes your way now – and for the rest of your life.
Take the first step
The first step to quitting starts with a doctor. Find out how you can get the help you need.