I got through New Year without smoking...Boy do I deserve a cigarette for that!
This is a kind of strange logic that ex-smokers often feel when getting through a specific event that they had worried would be difficult without a cigarette. Often facing such events is no big deal, thoughts for cigarettes are marginal at best. But when the event is over, all of a sudden the ex-smoker drops his or her guard and thinks that vigilance is no longer an important issue. If the person then encounters a smoking trigger he or she will often be caught off guard and the subsequent thought can become much more exaggerated than he or she is expecting or ready for.
Getting though a special holiday, gathering, meeting, test, wedding, funeral, flight, movie or a host of other everyday kind of events can be tricky for a person who has not kept himself or herself mentally prepared. The key to keeping the risk of relapse minimized when facing new situations is being mentally prepared by keeping your reasons for quitting strong and your reasons for wanting to stay smoke free reinforced.
The mindset that should be used to get through holidays is kind of the same mindset that a person should use when getting through any other quit milestones. Getting through a week or a month, or a year or a decade is great. But getting though today, whether it is your first day or you thousandth day is the greatest accomplishment of all when it comes to addiction. For if you have a family member or friend who had been totally smoke free for the previous few decades, but happened to have blown his or her quit last night--today is really a lousy day for him or her in regards to nicotine addiction. For all practical purposes, you are much further along and secure in your quit than this person is--even if today is only your second or third day being nicotine free.
So congratulations on getting through your first New Years day smoke free. More important now though is staying resolute in your resolve to get through the rest of today. Getting though every day smoke free is a momentous occasion worthy of celebration. To be able to keep celebrating your smoke free life for as long as you live just always remember why you first quit and are still committed to never take another puff!