Monday is the day of the week that just about all of us associate with new beginnings. We start work on improving our lives on Mondays, and get back on track if we've strayed off plan on Mondays, too. Whether we're trying to lose weight, get more exercise or quit smoking, Monday is the day that we usually choose to set those plans in motion.
Part of the Healthy Monday Campaign, Quit and Stay Quit Monday℠ puts focus on using Monday to check in on our progress with cessation, or recommit to quitting tobacco if we've relapsed.
Along with the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society and numerous other organizations, About.com Smoking Cessation supports the Quit and Stay Quit Monday program with information and support to help you put smoking in the past, permanently.
Making Progress, One Monday at a Time
Nicotine addiction lets go of us gradually. Taking stock of how far you've come with smoking cessation every Monday will reinforce your determination to stay the course and stick with it until smoking loses its appeal and becomes something you used to do.
Resources to Reinforce Smoking Cessation:
- Smoking Cessation Support Forum
Connect with others who are working through the ups and downs of recovery from nicotine addiction too.
- Create a Quit Smoking Journal
There is no better way to see your progress than to jot notes in your journal at the end of each smoke-free day. It's also a great tool for the bad days that are bound to happen every now and then. A bit of time reading how you felt three weeks or three months ago allows you to see how far you've come.
- Take the Monday NOPE Pledge
Join forum members who pledge NOPE (Not One Puff Ever) on Mondays (and every other day) to stay smoke-free, one simple day at a time.
- How Do I Recover from a Smoking Relapse?
A reader asks: "I quit smoking 4 months ago and have done very well. Lately though, I've been missing smoking a little. All of a sudden and without warning, I found myself unable to control the urge to smoke. The next thing I knew, I found a cigarette and lit it. How do I get back on track?"
- Lessons Learned: Relapse Stories
About.com readers tell their relapse stories and what they've learned from them. Add your story here too, if you have one to share.
- No Such Thing as Just One Cigarette
Thoughts of smoking just one cigarette have been the ruin of many good quitting efforts. It's important for you to realize ahead of time that these mental contortions are a normal part of the recovery process. A little preparation will keep you in the driver's seat when your mind starts to wander and smoking seems like a good option.
Remember that smoking cessation is a process of gradual release from nicotine addiction over time. We all heal at different rates, so don't rush yourself and don't compare your progress with anyone else. It takes as long as it takes for you.
We all have what it takes to quit smoking successfully. Believe that, believe in yourself and be willing to make it happen....one Monday at a time.