The Right Time to Quit

Blog Post created by dr_hays on Dec 18, 2015

Nobody wants a false start when they stop smoking.  After all, if you choose to tell friends and family – for supportive accountability – you’ll want to follow through.  Of course for some, even thinking about that pressure can make it seem hard to even get started! 


While there will never be a “perfect time” to stop smoking, here are some things you may want to think about as you plan your quit date:


-         Give yourself enough time to plan, but not so much that you talk yourself out of it. Choosing a date about 2 weeks in the future seems to be good for most people.


-         Wait for major stressors to pass.  Trying to stop the week your whole family comes over to the house for a special occasion might not be the best time or would require extra relapse prevention planning on your part.


-        What would be the best day of the week to quit for you?  Consider the pros and cons between a work day that is busy and full of distractions and a weekend day that is more relaxing.


   -     Some people like to stop smoking on a special day, such as someone’s birthday or an anniversary.  Your Quit Day will likely be one that you’ll always remember.


-    Get ready by talking to your support people to enlist their help.  Make some fun plans to look forward to during that first week tobacco-free, and remember to think positive. 


While thinking about quitting can be stressful, try not to let fear keep you from trying.  Stopping smoking is a process, not an event. Be kind to yourself and take it one step at a time.  Learn from your mistakes, and don’t give up.  Every time you try, you are a step closer to a smoke-free life.