So you've been quit for a few weeks and you've gone through the hard yards. Last step: embrace the non-smoker in you!
A non-smoker is someone who has no real use for cigarettes in their life.
If you’ve been quit for a few weeks, you’ve no-doubt battled some strong cravings and some tough situations – nice work!
You may find that you’re:
- thinking less about smoking
- getting fewer strong cravings
- starting to feel more confident to get by in tricky situations
This is a great sign! If you can name it – “I’m a non-smoker” – you’re more likely to stay quit.
Tips to help this along:
- Start to name it: "I'm a non-smoker", "I no longer smoke"
- Enjoy the good things about quitting: more money, more control, more time
- If you feel something’s missing, challenge how good a “friend” the cigarette was (most people find that the cigarette was quite a backstabber).
- Revive a hobby or start something new: a new language, musical instrument, sport, blog, backyard project or craft
- Set up an emergency stress plan e.g. to call a friend or call Quitline
- If you feel like smoking, call it a memory rather than a craving