Quit Smoking Doubts

I’m Too Worried About Failing

If your fear of failure is stopping you from making a start with your quit attempt, it can help to change the way you view quitting. Consider the following:

  • Quitting smoking is about learning a new skill. It takes practice – and like learning to ride a bike, you may fall off from time to time. It’s just part of the process, so why not see it as ‘trial and error’?
  • What’s the worst that could happen if you just set a quit date and see what happens on that day?
  • Similarly, what’s the worst that could happen if you just try to reduce your smoking before stopping altogether?
  • Remember, it’s not sink or swim. If it doesn’t work out, you can always try again.

No matter how many quit attempts you make, the more practice you get at being a non-smoker, the closer you are to reaching your goal of being smoke-free.

Remember that slip-ups are not uncommon – if you’re having doubts, you might want to find out more about dealing with smoking slip-ups.

Good to Know

While withdrawal symptoms are common when you quit smoking, they only last for a short period of time – about 10-14 days for most smokers.
Learn more about withdrawal symptoms >

Try It

Willpower can play an important role in your quit smoking journey. Think of it as your secret weapon to fight temptation!
Have a go at these simple willpower exercises >

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