This is part of a series of letters from QuitNet members who shared their experience with quitting smoking using QuitNet, and offered their encouragement for others to do the same. If you'd like to share your experience or motivate a loved one or smoker who wants to quit, please submit your story to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The best piece of advice I received came from a tobacco cessation therapist about 6 weeks into my quit:
Learn how to hit the pause button.
Too often, we have knee jerk reactions, and that is what gets us into trouble! Learn how to hit the pause button. Take a moment and a breath so that you can see the situation for what it really is. Use that moment to take control instead of falling victim to your addiction.
"Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." -Viktor E. Frank
Take a deep breath, now exhale. Do it one more time. Never ever take that for granted.