It Is Difficult To Quit
Let’s be real: quitting smoking is not just a test of will: you are waging battle against a smoking addiction that includes physical, mental and social components. It’s essential to take on a marathoner’s mindset to keep up your belief that with patience, support, and a quit plan, you CAN do it. Put one foot in front of the other until you reach the finish line. While this may seem daunting, each of these challenges becomes a whole lot easier with supporters to cheer you on at the sidelines.
You’re Not Alone in This
Quitting often requires changes in routine—like avoiding bars or groups of friends who smoke—in addition to causing some withdrawal symptoms like irritability or trouble concentrating. These factors can contribute to some quitters feeling a bit isolated. To overcome these potential pitfalls, it’s important to have a group of supporters to cheer you on: people who can lift you up if you feel down and celebrate with you every day that you are smokefree.
Think of yourself as captain of the soccer team. As you start your quit, it’s time to select the teammates you want fielding goals as you take on your arch-rival team. These teammates can be friends, family, doctors or support groups.
It can be an incredible asset to have a solid lineup of friends and loved ones by your side as you take on the quit. Don’t be bashful about calling on those closest to you when you have the urge to smoke, or in moments of sadness, boredom, happiness—whenever you feel you need them.
Another avenue of support is your healthcare provider, who understands the challenges of quitting, beyond what some friends and family may. Many healthcare providers have been trained to provide the support needed for your quit, or can direct you to those who specialize in smoking cessation. Plus, support from a healthcare provider, which includes counseling and medication, can double your chances of quitting smoking for good. It’s certainly worth setting an appointment or bringing up your desire to quit smoking at your next scheduled visit.
Then, there’s Quitter’s Circle and the social community of well over one hundred thousand other quitters. We’re here to remind you that many others experience struggles similar to yours while quitting smoking, and we’re here to help you through this journey with grace, confidence, and knowledge of what quitting truly means.
How To Be A Good Supporter
If you have someone who you’re encouraging to quit smoking, be sure to support them when the going gets tough, as well as when their quit is going well. Support a smoker’s belief in the possibility of change. Be there to listen to the struggles of overcoming this addiction and show your loved one that they’re not alone. Your quitter is the only one responsible for choosing and carrying out change, but your belief in their ability to quit can contribute to a positive outcome.
Enlist the support of your family and friends with the Quitter’s Circle app, and form your own Quit Team. Your supporters can send motivational emoticons, Quit Cards and stickers to encourage you during your quit. Check it out, and invite your support group to join you.