If you are early in your quit, this is a reminder to attend your gathering with a plan in mind. What will you do if there is an uncomfortable situation, if your usual gang goes outside to smoke, if you are offered a cigarette, if everyone is enjoying several glasses of wine? You KNOW what you SHOULD do: take a break, help in the kitchen, have a cup of coffee, turn down the offer of a smoke and find new folks with whom to hang........If everyone smokes inside the party place, put some Vicks under your nose to negate the smell and remind you of your quit.
Be prepared, not surprised. It's OK to make an excuse to leave early if you find yourself having a rough time. Your quit needs to be your #1 priority! Headaches happen!
If you are a longer term quitter, be careful of alcohol consumption. Too many quits have been lost when the thought that "just one wont hurt" is allowed to linger because of a foggy brain. Do also be prepared and remind yourself of your commitment before you attend a family gathering. You might have a smoking memory - be prepared, not surprised.
I hope to see everyone on the other side of this holiday still smoke free.
just for a moment. I wanted that hit of dopamine, and the feeling of "all is well" that goes with it. I am feeling quite miserable today. I can't do most of what I want or need to do. I have an infected gum and sinuses, a swollen face, an upset stomach from the antibiotics, the hip on my GOOD leg is throbbing, as is the bad knee.
But - I know better. BUT - I understand now how easy that would be to happen. I actually feel too awful to go to the store - but even if I didn't, I am sure I wouldn't do that. I understood all too well that "just one" isn't possible.
Drinking alcohol can cloud your thinking and thus your commitment to quit smoking. It's just a bad idea to chance it. Many have come to realize this only when it is too late and they find themselves back at Day One (oftentimes many years after "the one cigarette that shouldn't have mattered").
For two years after you quit smoking (and, I have found, sometimes much longer), you will probably have a smoking memory when the seasons change. I believe this is because you only experience these four times a year, so you haven't formed new routines and associations yet.
I especially felt this the first time I raked leaves. I was used to taking a break with a bottle of ice water and a smoke. What I had was not really a craving, but more than just a memory! I came up with the idea of a small, ice cold Pepsi over crushed ice as a substitute. I don't drink soda anymore, so it really is a treat.
Your memory might be sitting on the deck with your favorite warm beverage in the crisp fall air, or taking a break from apple picking at the farm, or after doing fall clean up yard work.,or taking a walk through the new fallen, colorful, crunchy leaves. You might want to think about a plan for what you will do differently THIS Fall!