Sunday, February 1, 2009

Relapsing at Superbowl Parties When Trying to Quit Smoking

Superbowl is one of the biggest sports parties of the year and a time when many former smokers will relapse. A huge social event with plenty of food and drink, with cheering and socializing and a slippery slope for those who have quit smoking. A cigarette seems to fit into this party atmosphere and many will rationalize that one won't hurt. But most people underestimate the power of nicotine--You're a Puff Away From A Pack A Day.
But those trying to quit, don't have to forge the party, nor do they need to relapse, what is needed is a game plan to avoid having that first cigarette. Here are some suggestions:
1. Avoid the alcohol which seems to go hand in hand with that cigarette and with each drink, the inhibitions go down.
2. Sit by the non-smokers or when talking with smokers, excuse yourself when they light up. (You don't have to explain that you don't want to be around the cigarette, go refill your soda, grab some low cal veggies, or go to the bathroom-just get away from the temptation).
3. Don't kid yourself that "One Won't Hurt". Instead say, "That's something I used to do, but it's not a part of my life now".
4. If the temptation to smoke becomes overwhelming, excuse yourself and protect your commitment to remain smoke free and leave the party. You don't need to make a big deal about it, quietly slip away or if you need to make an excuse, just tell the host or hostess, that something didn't agree with your stomach.
5. If you do slip, don't awfulize the situation but learn from it. Don't shame yourself into going and buying a pack for yourself but recommitment to becoming a former smokers.
The next Superbowl won't be for another year, but there are other positive social situations like this that will tempt you, and use this as learning experience

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