Okay, so 3 days smoke-free are in the books! The hardest part of the early stages of the quitting challenge is winding down to a quick close. Congratulations!
However, remember that cravings are going to keep hitting for another few weeks. Some people on the Facebook group report getting the return of huge cravings on day 9 or 13 or some random day. But these last 3 days were the most frequent and intensive ones that you’ll have to deal with.
So just remember the tools that got you through the first 3 days and apply them as needed over the next few weeks!
Tips for Day 4
Get Ready to Start the Next Phase of QUIT30
With much of the physically difficult part over, it’s time to prepare for something that is a different animal altogether: future relapse.
Once you are a non-smoker and less focused on not smoking, it can be easy to fall into a smoking trap. A friend offers you one, you’re at a bar, you want to socialize with the other smokers, etc.
Most relapses happen AFTER the 3 day withdrawal period because people let their guard down. The first few days may be extremely hard, but they’re not boring. You’re fighting with everything you have and the novelty of not smoking is giving you lots of motivation. But that will wear off and not smoking will no longer be your main focus.
Your focus should still be doing what you’re doing to deal with cravings and everything else, but as you keep getting better that focus tends to fade. And that’s what you need to start watching out for.
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