Stage 1: How I Quit Smoking
Do you really want to quit smoking or are you being forced to? You have to want to quit smoking before you can do anything else.
Why do you want to quit? What happened that made you want to quit?
The reason why I had decided to quit smoking was because one day I was walking up a staircase and I just started sweating like crazy. I was breathing heavily. I felt weak. I was out of shape.
Back then, I was smoking 1.5 packs of cigarettes per day. That's a lot of cigarettes. It was at this moment that I realized that if I continued to smoke like that, that my life would end a little too soon for me. I mean, I was only 28 years old then.
So you have to be honest with yourself. If you really want to quit, then take action and follow step 2.
You have to study yourself before taking any action. Take note of the number of cigarettes you smoke per day.
How many cigarettes do you smoke when you are stressed out? How many cigarettes do you smoke when you are in a crisis situation?
How many cigarettes do you smoke when you are drinking? How many when you are happy? How many when you are with friends?And so on.
Imagine that you are watching a movie of yourself where you are the main character. Start becoming conscious of your habits.
Do this exercise for about 3 – 4 weeks. You want to be able to get as much information about your smoking habits in as much different situations as possible to really get a feel of your actions.
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