Now, you can try out some new ways to cope with bad days, and they’ll stand to you long-term as you start looking at a smoke-free life. Talking to someone is always a good place to start, so you could chat to a friend, or someone you know who has quit smoking before. You will always find someone on our Facebook page who’s having a bad day, and they quite like to have a safe rant on the page, get it off their chest, and get lots of support from their pals. And our QUIT team are trained, and paid, to listen to quitters’ angst! So call or Live Chat us for some support.
It’s also good to find ways within yourself to manage these feelings, and you’ll find that getting through a tough day can often make you feel very proud of yourself – as it should.
These tips may help you – they are proven to help all of us:
- Remind yourself that your choice to smoke or not to smoke is still there.
- Discover new ways of dealing with negative feelings rather than reaching for a cigarette – talk to someone, go for a walk for 5 minutes, take some deep breaths.
- Remind yourself that the feeling is temporary; it will go away.
- Congratulate yourself for coping with life without smoking.
- Ask others to understand and be patient.
- Do things that make you feel good.
- Eating healthy food help to improve your mood
- Get a good night’s sleep as often as you can.
Getting bad news
You may be used to reaching for a cigarette when you get bad news about something in your life and that’s a challenge if it happens in the early stage of your quit attempt. One very good piece of advice, if you feel you want to smoke, is that smoking will not change the news or help the situation. It will only reduce your chance of quitting for good. Have a good cry, tell someone how you are feeling. Take 20 slow deep breaths over a period of a few minutes to help relax.
There’s a really good reason you decided to quit, so be kind to yourself, remember why you started, and hang in there if you can.