Quitting smoking is quite an accomplishment! You have braved your way through doubt, cravings, stress, triggers and other smokers, yet remained true to your Quit. Congratulations! You may find that your self confidence has increased since you quit smoking, and that confidence has spilled over to other parts of your life. If you think it hasn't, perhaps you need to step back and really take a look at the new you!
You have become an even better smoke-free version of You! Keeping your quit takes commitment, resolve, problem solving, delayed gratification, a willingness to change, let go and give up your well worn path for the unknown adventure ahead.
While going through the quit process, you also learned a lot about yourself! You learned how to control your response to emotions such as anger, sadness, loneliness, frustration, boredom, craving and irritation. You’ve sat with these emotions and come to accept that they are normal and will pass. You now understand your emotions instead of avoiding them, and have new coping tools so your needs are met. As a result, your emotions do not affect you – or those around you – adversely. By doing this, you've improved your overall well being!
Improved well being, self efficacy and healthy self esteem are the cornerstones of a happy life. They reduce stress, give you a sense of control over your choices, increase your ability to handle day to day life situations and help you work through challenging times successfully.
As a successful quitter, you continue to make ongoing, daily choices that enhance your life. That means you have discipline, courage and tenacity. Along the way, you've learned some new things about yourself, set new goals and acquired effective tools to make your goals a reality. Quitting smoking has an unexpected side effect - it opens the door to a healthier lifestyle on multiple levels.
The truth is, You are amazing! What will you do next with your newly discovered confidence, competence and success? Keep going, keep up the good work and KTQ:)
Master Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist
No One Has To Quit Alone:
Perhaps you have heard of first aid kits or survival kits, or even travel kits. But have you ever heard of a “quit kit"? Being prepared—whether for travel, medical emergencies, quitting smoking or otherwise—is essential for getting you through tough situations. A quit kit can serve as a tangible reminder of your commitment to a tobacco-free lifestyle. It can be particuarly helpful in the early weeks of quitting when cravings are toughest. In other words, before you turn to light up, turn to your quit kit. It should be filled with useful things that help you stay quit.
Here are some ideas to get you started on putting together your own personal quit quit:
Step 1: Obtain a container(s). Some useful sized quit kit containers might include: an empty mint tin, index card box, tea box, shoe box or paper box. Size doesn’t matter as long as it’s something easily accessible to you. You might even consider emptying the entire contents of a desk drawer or bedside table drawer and devote that space as your “quit kit.”
Step 2: Decorate your quit kit. This is the fun part! Decorating your quit kit with slogans, stickers, drawings or photos, cutouts from magazines, comics, etc. adds not only a personal touch to your quit kit but adds meaning. A photo of a loved one, a mantra like “One day at a time” just might be all it takes to help you stay motivated in your quit even before opening your kit and making use of what’s inside.
Step 3: Fill your quit kit. Think about what might be most helpful to you. Need an oral substitute? Fill your quit kit with toothpicks, straws, sugar-free candies, gum, sunflower seeds, bottled water or a toothbrush. Need something to keep your hands busy? How about rubber bands, a worry stone, play-doh, dice, coins, or a stress ball. Looking for support? Write down some positive affirmations on index cards, write out your reasons for quitting, or keep a list of phone number of friends and family members you can call. Print inspirational profiles, Qmails and testimonials of QuitNet members and look them over when you need a lift. Keep a journal in your quit kit. Record your quit journey—the ups and downs.
Step 4: Put your quit kit where you need it most. Maybe it’s someplace highly visible like on your kitchen table. Or maybe it’s in your car glove box or a desk drawer at work. Make multiple quit kits designated for different triggers—keep one on your beside table, beside your computer desk, or carry one in your briefcase, purse, or backpack.
You don't have to follow all of these steps or incorporate all of the suggested items into your quit quit. But do make sure that your “quit kit" works for you. Take the time and effort now to prepare for any potential challenges you may face in your quit. You may find you never have a need for your quit kit, but it will be there just in case….
Master Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist