The Importance of a Support Group When You Quit Smoking
The Importance of a Support Group When You Quit Smoking The decision to quit smoking was
not easy and you made it because you know it is best for you. You want to be successful so you are willing to take
any precaution against failure. One way to insure that you succeed is to surround yourself with support. People who
support you can encourage you when you feel like giving up, or will remind you of why you quit smoking. They can
also keep you on track by making you be responsible for the promises you have made regarding your decision to quit.
Tips for making the most of your support group: Your support group consists of all those who care about you and
want to be there for you to encourage and aid you in whatever way you need them to. They can be your family,
friends, neighbors, co-workers, boss, church members, pastor, or a professional support system like your healthcare
provider, therapist, nurse or a community group for those who have quit smoking. Your group can be all or just a
few of these persons. A good support to have is to delegate one person to be the one you are accountable for
regarding if you have stayed on task or not. This will help to stop you from "cheating" and sneaking a cigarette.
Don't let anyone be a negative influence or a "nagger". Let everyone know that you are making this decision to quit
smoking and you need to have positive supporters who will encourage you to achieve your goal. Be your best
supporter by believing in you. Believe that you can be successful. Support your goal by deliberately stating what
it is that you dislike about your smoking habit. Admit your dependency on the nicotine and do not underestimate the
negative impact it has had on your body. An ideal way to support your own goal is to keep a Smoke Free Journal so
that you can record all the important steps you take from day 1 right though the milestones - week 1, month 1, your
3 month anniversary, 6 months, and 1 year of being smoke free. Recording your failures and triumphs will inspire
you later down the road. It may even inspire someone else to succeed. Support your goal not only by clearly
defining when and how you will quit smoking, but make sure that you have the information that you need to cover all
the bases regarding any obstacle you may encounter on your journey to being smoke free. Talk to others who have
quit successfully to find helpful tips that they may be able to pass on. Feedback concerning any quit smoking aids
will also be helpful. Anything that you can do to make your journey smoother and allow you to stay in control of
the situation will support you and uplift you and give you the push you need to succeed in your bid to quit
smoking. Quitting smoking is not something that is easy to do alone. Having a support group not only keeps you
accountable for doing what you set out to do, your support group can remind you why it is important to you during
those times when the cravings may make you forget momentarily. They can help keep you focused. Never forget that
you are breaking an addiction and support is vital.
When You Quit Smoking If all else fails and you find yourself fingering a cigarette, remember that they all travel in packs! Keep your support groups close to you for the first few days and offer them bribes if you have to so that they will remain positive and not non-judgmental. Find out all you can about what it may be like when going through withdrawal and plan on how you will survive all that may happen.
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