The First Smoke-Free Weekend
As smokers, we all associated cigarettes with relaxation. Making our way through the first weekend ( or other downtime if you work weekends) without smoking will take some effort, but the challenge is doable, especially if you have a game plan worked out ahead of time. A little preparation will help you stay in control and smoke-free.
Make a List of Ways to Stay Busy
Distraction is an effective way to beat cravings to smoke. Come up with several activities that you enjoy and try to keep away from smokers.
For instance, you could go to the mall or a movie where smoking isn't allowed. You can head to the gym for a workout, go to a smoke-free restaurant for a leisurely meal or spend the afternoon at a museum. If you're at home, think about hobbies you could do to keep hands busy, or tackle a home project you've been thinking about doing.
Get Some Rest
If you're feeling sluggish and foggy-headed (common symptoms of nicotine withdrawal), take a mid-afternoon nap. There is nothing wrong with sleeping some of that first weekend away.
Recovery from Nicotine Addiction Is a Process, Not an Event
Most of us spent decades building and cementing in place thousands of links between smoking and just about everything in our lives. Reprogramming those associations takes time and patience, but you can be sure that each smoke-free day you complete is breaking the chains that bind you to nicotine addiction bit-by-bit.
Going Through it to Get Through it
Once you put that first smoke-free weekend behind you, the next one will be easier. Remember that recovery from nicotine addiction takes time, patience and plain old practice.daily rewards and take advantage of the support available at the smoking cessation forum here at About.com.
One day at a time moves mountains!