Thinking about quitting? Come up with a quit plan. A well thought out plan will give you the best chance of success even if you slip up. Setbacks are to be expected when changing any unhealthy behavior. Proceed by asking yourself these questions:
1. What are my reasons for wanting to quit?
2. What will I gain by quitting? What will I lose?
3. What are my short- and long-term goals? How will quitting help me reach these goals?
4. What times or occasions would make it hard to stick to my decision?
5. How can I plan ahead to avoid these situations? If I can’t, what can I do instead of smoking?
6. How can I reward myself for not smoking, especially during the first few weeks?
Write out your plan about two weeks before your quit date. Share with a trusted friend or family member that will help hold you accountable for sticking with your plan. Remember it’s perfectly normal to have setbacks, but you will have your plan to refer to to be able to get back up and try again.
Questions taken from “I Won’t Smoke Contract” (Kay Clark, ETR Associates)
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