Congratulations on picking yourself up after your setback. This time, you’ll have a better idea of what does and doesn’t work for you.
Revisit your motivation
You first decided to quit for a meaningful reason. What was it? Reassessing and reminding yourself of this reason (particularly if you’ve already noticed a big improvement) can be the kick-start you need to try again.
- Calculate how much you’ve saved so far by not smoking. Use the My QuitBuddy app, which can track how much you’re saving. It’s a daily reminder of your achievement.
- Have you noticed any health improvements? Maybe you’re coughing less, or you can walk up the stairs without feeling out of breath. The body starts to repair itself quite quickly after you give up smoking, and so it’s never too late to try again.
- Talk to them about the experience of quitting smoking, the challenges you faced and how they can support you differently next time.
Re-evaluate the steps toward your goal
If you’ve been a smoker for many years, or have strong habits and emotions associated with smoking, then take a moment to consider that.
Deciding to quit can make you feel good, but have you ensured you have the right support around you? This gives you the best chance of staying quit.
Consider setting smaller, achievable goals and building from there, like:
- Cutting down
- Whilst cutting down does not provide the same benefits as quitting completely, it can help you better understand your triggers. This can help you manage your cravings and triggers as you move towards becoming smoke free.
- Picking up the phone
- Even if you’re just thinking about quitting, it can be a good first move to learn about the different strategies to help you quit.