Quitters often slip but it doesn't mean you've failed. Here's why feeling bad about your slip is dangerous.
A slip is when you smoke one or two times after your quit date, but you still want to keep quitting. A relapse is when you go back to smoking the way you did before and give up your attempt to quit. The fact is many smokers try to quit several times before succeeding. If you slip, it's natural to feel bad. The problem is that feeling bad can lead to the self-defeating conclusion that your plan isn't working. That's simply not true. A slip is a slip, nothing more.
After a slip:
- Be positive. Forgive yourself. Get rid of all your cigarettes.
- Slips are learning opportunities — think about what tempted you and how you can avoid temptation next time.
- Review your trigger solutions and replace those that aren't working for you.
- One cigarette does not make you a smoker. You haven't failed. You just need to remember that your quit was working and get back to it.