Westbury and Commack, New York
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Tips on Quitting Smoking
Step 1: The first step is realizing you need to quit.
Nobody talks about the good part about smoking. Most people who smoke find that it helps relieve stress and has a calming yet euphoric effect. You need to examine what benefits you get out of smoking and find another way to substitute for it.
Step 2: Making a plan.
When are you going to do it? Set a date for quitting. Put a date on your calendar and try to cut down as you get closer to that date. Start counting cigarettes you smoke and ask yourself if you could wait awhile before smoking the next one.
How are you going to do it?
Step 3: Implement the plan.
Measure your success one hour and then one day at a time.
Step 4: Congratulate yourself on your success.
On Day 1, Week 1, and Month 1 buy yourself a present with the money you saved from buying cigarettes. If you succeed, do not ever take another puff of a cigarette. For many people, this will re-trigger receptors in your brain that can cause you to become hooked again!
If you are unsuccessful. Don't be too hard on yourself. Quitting is difficult. Most people make multiple attempts before they are successful. Analyze why you failed and start gearing yourself up to make another attempt. Perhaps you need to try a different method or the timing was not right. Remember Thomas Edison was once asked if he was frustrated when he kept on failing in his different attempts to make a light bulb. His reply was that he did not fail, he simply learned 100 ways how not to make a light bulb!
Some places to go for help:
Joining a smoking cessation program statistically increases the chances of success. Most hospitals have smoking cessation programs.
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