You resolved to quit-smoking, and we’re happy that you hadn’t touched a cigarette for the last so many weeks. But then someday something went wrong and you cheated, and now you’re feeling guilty and are wondering whether you have turned into a smoker once again.
Well, let me assure you that sneaking one or two cigarettes, after giving up smoking altogether, doesn’t mean that you’ll become addicted to cigarettes once again.
As we said sneaking once in a way isn’t that bad, but rationalizing the whole thing, and thinking that since I’ve already broken the rules I might as well smoke all the remaining cigarettes in the pack, is the worst thing to do.
If such thoughts are coming to your mind, then you must shun them away or else the fear of turning back into a smoker might become reality. This incidence should in fact help in intensifying your quit smoking resolve, by learning from the mistake that you’ve done.
If you stopped at one or two cigarettes it’s fine, but if you have smoked away more than a pack, then you’re definitely back into the smoking addiction once again. Still there’s no point in despairing and getting burdened with guilt, because you must remember that failure can always help you in succeeding the next time.
You must keep your attitude positive and identify what exactly went wrong and why did you end up picking up the cigarette once again. Knowing where your last quit-smoking plan faltered, will help you in developing your personal quit-smoking plan with new strategies.
With the failure through which you’ve already been, you will be able to identify the triggers and the stressors which urged you to smoke. And knowing these triggers and stressors will help you in finding ways to combat them, so you’ll be better equipped to face and overtake them in future.
When your quit-smoking plan fails, and you still have a strong desire to get rid of your smoking habit, you should consider other possible alternatives that can help you in overcoming this addiction.
These alternatives could be anything like joining support groups, behavioral therapies, aversion therapies, self-help therapies, nicotine replacement therapy or meditation and deep breathing. If you’ve got it strong in you that you need to quit-smoking, there is a lot of help out there and all that you need to do is to look for it.