Many smoking cessation guidelines recommend that if a patient is not ready to quit, motivational interviewing should be used to encourage a future quit attempt. Nearly 2/3 of smokers were seriously considering quitting in the next six months, but few are ready within the next month. Accordingly, your decision to quit smoking is usually not one that happens overnight. Generally, you will progress through at least five stages in your quitting journey. Think about what stage you may be at in your journey to quit smoking for good.
How You’ll Convey Quitting?
Not Thinking About it- I haven’t thought about quitting
At this stage, you are not thinking about leaving and will go to great lengths to make sure you can continue to smoke. Which means you believe that there is no point in trying to quit because you are too addicted or that you have been disappointed by previous failed attempts. You may also not yet realize that your smoking is harming your health.
Thinking About it-I’d Like to Quit Smoking, but I don’t Know if I can
During this stage, you may be starting to weigh up the positives and negatives of quitting. You will also begin to take more notice of the health warnings associated with smoking and will now be able to identify the barriers that may be preventing you from quitting.
I’m Ready & I’m ready to quit smoking but how will I manage?
Well done! You have now made the bold decision to commit to quitting smoking. At this stage, you should start collecting information on how to quit. You may also be ready to set your quit date and develop your quitting plan.
It’s Working- I haven’t smoked for two or three weeks, it’s hard, but I feel much better
In this stage, you are actively trying to quit, and you will be feeling confident in your decision. As you feel a sense of achievement with every cigarette-free day, remember to keep up with your short-term rewards and tell all your friends you’ve quit to stay motivated and minimize any risk of slip-ups.
Whatever the stags may be, be prepared on your quit smoking journey. The more prepared you are for your quit journey, the better equipped you’ll be for any challenges that come your way.
Plan Your Quit Smoking Journey
A quit smoking plan can set you on the best path for reaching your quit goals. Here are some effective quit smoking strategies you could include in your plan:
1. Changing habits and routines
2. Getting extra support from a health professional, family or friend
3. Using quit smoking products
If all set, your next plan should most probably be to create a quit and smoke-free environment. Be a part and do your best.