If you happen to be a smoker, giving up smoking is one of the most common New Year resolutions. How many times have you tried to stop smoking in January? It could be the worst time to stop smoking successfully! You may have been drinking and smoking heavily before and during Christmas and decided that the new year would be a good time to break free from your habit; yet January is meant to be the most depressing month of the year and there are lots of viruses doing the rounds, the days are short and the weather is often at its worse.
You may find that smoking is one of your coping strategies for dealing with life’s stresses and strains and despite the fact that nicotine is a stimulant you might experience a calming effect when you inhale cigarette smoke. If you do decide to quit now or in the future and stress is one of your triggers for smoking I recommend that you plan ahead to ensure that you develop a new strategy for dealing with your emotions and stress before you quit.
This will help to prevent a relapse because however successful you are in initially stopping smoking; a stressful day at work, an argument with your partner or getting stuck in traffic may cause you to reach for the ‘dummy’. It is as if the emotional part of the brain has over-ridden the rational part and before you know it the habit is back with a vengeance.
This is one of the many factors we help you to deal with in our smoking cessation programme so that you can stop for good. You need to plan and prepare properly as you would for any journey in your life. If you need a plan, support, detailed preparation and powerful ‘tools’ to get you to your destination as a relaxed, confident and positive non-smoker listen to what clients of The Spence Practice have to say about our stop smoking programme.
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