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Mary Ella’s Weekly Message
January 3, 2011
The New Year
Happy New Year! If this is your first smokefree New Year in a long time, congratulations! If you’re here because you have a resolution to quit smoking, welcome aboard! You’re doing the best possible thing you can to protect your health, and you’re in the right place.
In order to make this quit attempt your best one yet, my recommendation is that you begin at the beginning. Read the “How to Use the FFS Online Program” to find out how Freedom From Smoking (FFS) Online works. If you found the site after you stopped smoking, it can still be effective for you. Read through the lessons in Modules 1–4, and then begin with lessons in Module 4. If you quit for the New Year, slipped or relapsed and then found our site, my recommendation is that you pick a new Quit Date and start with the first lesson in Module 1.
Make this quit attempt count. Commit to reading all the lessons in each Module and doing all of the activities that are suggested. Don’t rush through the program. You’re making a major lifestyle change and taking the necessary time to lay the foundation for a successful quit takes time and careful consideration. If you read through all the lessons in all of the Modules in a few days, you’re only cheating yourself. This program will work for you if you work the program as it’s designed.
Perhaps you have been a member of FFS Online for a while and your New Year’s resolution is to get in better shape. You can do that in a number of ways. Think about participating in an American Lung Association event in your community, whether it’s a stair climb, walk or bike trek. You have plenty of time to get into shape for a spring event if you start now. Look for events in your area on our website, www.lung.org.
Until next time, work on the 4 D’s when you feel an urge to smoke:
- Delay. Don’t give in to the urge to smoke.
- Deep breathe. Relax and take slow, deep breaths. Download the relaxation exercises, if you’re in the Premium program, and listen to them right before going to sleep.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Do something else. A change of activity or routine will help distract you during a craving.
Be an active participant on the Message Boards. Ask for support when you need it and offer support to others that need your help. Participating on the Message Boards can help you feel less alone in your journey.
Everyone here at the American Lung Association wishes you the very happiest of New Years!
I’ll see you on the Message Boards! :-) Mary Ella
Don’t forget: If you’re in the Premium program and want help fast on the Message Boards, put “HELP NOW” in the subject line of your post. If you’re looking to offer help, watch for those, “HELP NOW” posts and alert your other FFS Online buddies to offer some assistance as well.