I see many people say that they are quitting smoking when they have actually already quit.
NO you are not still quitting smoking when you haven’t smoked for an hour, a day, a week, a month, or whenever. You ARE quit (THE EVENT). Now you are working on your Stay Quit (THE ONGOING PROCESS).
As hard as the launch or get quit was, it’s done, and the real steadfast work has begun in the Stay Quit phase. Give yourself credit for being quit already even if it has “just” been an hour because you are building on that smoke free time. Smoking is no longer an option.
It may seem like a simple point (or even ridiculous to some) but your self-talk is so very important. Instead of telling yourself & others when asked, “I’m quitting smoking” say “I HAVE QUIT SMOKING!”. There is a difference. You have already done it. You never have to quit again if you don’t smoke again. Pat yourself on the back … and then move on in your Stay Quit and focus ahead on your smoke free life.
Congrats for making a great choice! You ARE quit! Repeat. You ARE quit! Stay that way!