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Continue to “break up” your smoking pattern and assess if you might benefit from nicotine replacement therapy or other pharmaceutical aid.
Do something that works to break up or “rewire” your pattern of smoking. Here are some examples:
Get inspired to add physical activity into your day; view the CDC's Physical Activity Guide for information about the benefits of physical activity, which includes plenty of ideas for incorporating simple actions that can reduce stress, improve health and help you feel much better.
Today’s insight is about “wanting to quit” versus “being prepared/ready to quit.” Looking at the scale below, select a number that best represents how you feel about wanting to quit:
The good news is that your desire (wanting) to quit or change may come and go, and you can still make the change. Think about it: there are times you do things you don’t really want to do right now, because you know that there will be a pay off that makes it worthwhile. So, “wanting” to quit is not the key ingredient to being successful; willingness to move forward may be the key!
Now, imagine you are one point higher on the scale. For example, if you are a three right now, what does a four look like? How would you know you were a four, rather than a three? What are you doing, thinking, experiencing at the four that lets you know you have progressed from a three? (For example, if you know that at a four you have let others know you are planning to make a change, this may be the next step to help you be ready). Wanting to quit is a start, but it doesn’t get you across the finish line.
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