How to Quit Smoking: Week 3
The Complete 4-Week Quit Smoking Guide:
Week three and counting - and you’re probably feeling better than you have in a long time. When you first quit smoking, your body immediately starts recovering. You feel more energetic as oxygen feeds and nourishes all parts of your body. This week we will cover a few more tips about staying smoke-free as you go another week without smoking.
Detox: It€™s a new week and you’re well on your way to long-term success. Remember to avoid alcohol and caffeine for a while. You don’t want to add chemicals to your system that might serve as triggers for the nicotine urge. You might want to try some detox teas or lemon water. The cleaner your system is as you fight the inevitable cravings, the more likely you will be to succeed.
Weight: Have you maybe gained a little weight? If so, try to take it in stride. Many people gain at least a few pounds during their first months as a nonsmoker. This is a small price to pay for a longer, healthier life. Try not to use weight gain as an excuse to relapse - you will eventually be able to take the weight off but that is not your priority right now. Remember to be gentle with yourself.
Aromatherapy: Certain aromas can help you feel calmer during stressful times. Consider getting a small bottle of lavender or jasmine oil. The use of aromatherapy can be a great way to calm and energize yourself while also taking delight in your returning sense of smell.
Meditation: If you don’t currently meditate, you might want to consider trying it. Find a quiet place to sit each day and reflect. We have so much to be grateful for but sometimes all we can think about is what our lives are missing. Rather than feeling deprived because you’ve quit smoking, try turning the thought around and feel grateful that you gave yourself the gift of breath. Concentrate on your breathing. Write down all the things that are good in your life and try to review and add to this list each day.
End of the week: You’ve made it through your third week Congratulations. Your piggy bank should be getting heavier as you put aside the money you saved each day by not smoking. Dig in and treat yourself to a new book or perhaps some jewelry or a fun gadget. You deserve to reward yourself for being successful.
And remember, if you relapsed, you’re not alone - most people go through many quit attempts before they finally succeed - just start again tomorrow!
Next week, we’ll look at additional ways to keep you smoke-free for the long haul in How to Quit Smoking: Week 4.
See these related posts to help you become better prepared to be a successful nonsmoker.
- Preparing to Quit Smoking
- How to Quit Smoking: Week 1
- How to Quit Smoking: Week 2
- How to Quit Smoking: Week 4
For more information about the health benefits of quitting smoking, see Better Health After Quitting.
For inspirational stories that will help you quit, consider Give It Up! Stop Smoking for Life.
Anne wrote for HealthCentral as a patient expert for COPD.