"I got through Christmas smoke free...Boy do I deserve a cigarette for that!"
Dec 26 04 7:02 PM
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"I got through Christmas smoke free...Boy do I deserve a cigarette for
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 actually 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 issue. Then when a thought is triggered the person can really get
caught off guard and the thought and subsequent can become much more exaggerated than the person is expecting or ready
Getting though a special holiday, gathering, meeting, test, wedding,
funeral, flight, movie or a host of other non day to day events can be tricky for a person who has not kept himself or
herself mentally prepared. That is the key to keep the risk of relapse minimized when facing new situations--being mentally
prepared by keeping ones reasons for quitting strong and 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 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 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 Christmas smoke free.
More important now though is staying resolute in your resolve to get through today. To be able to keep celebrating all
holidays smoke free, as well as all weekdays and weekends for the rest of your life is as simple now as just remembering to
never take another puff!
P.S. In case this looks familiar, I used the same version last month on
Thanksgiving. If you are here next week, you will see a new one with the title ""I got through New Year's smoke
free...Boy do I deserve a cigarette for that!" Sure it seems redundant but the same principle applies to all holidays
and events and I am just trying to make the titles seem more timely