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Mentally Preparing to Quit Smoking

Quitting smoking is becoming more and more popular in this day and age. How many times have you been standing in the smoking area at work talking with your buddy about wanting to quit smoking? It happens all the time, people get together to smoke only to talk about how they all wish they could quit.

When I was a smoker I had convinced myself that quitting smoking was going to be hard and painful. I had also convinced myself that I would be giving up something I truly enjoyed. Smoking was a mechanism that I used to get through the day, whether good or bad. I feared not being able to enjoy that after dinner cigarette that completed my meal and brought satisfaction.

The fact of the matter is that I had brainwashed myself into believing that smoking brought me pleasure. Well if smoking was pleasurable then why did I want to quit smoking so badly?

I knew all the terrible things that smoking was doing to my health and yet I was scared to let it go. I would often hide the fact that I smoked and try to get rid of the offensive smell after each and every cigarette. I simply did not want people to know that I smoked. I was embarrassed to be a smoker and I truly hated smoking but I was scared to quit for the fear of giving up something that I perceived to help me so much.

Is what I am saying starting to sound a little crazy? Well maybe it should. It goes to show how the mind can play tricks on you when you want to quit smoking. The same mind is telling you that you need to quit smoking while at the same time that you will be missing out if you do. The psychological effects of smoking make up over 90% of the battle when quitting smoking. Once you are able to regain control and expose the lies about smoking you are well on your way to being able to kick the habit for good.

Before you quit smoking, identify the fallacies that are preventing you from quitting smoking. They may jump right out at you or you may need to spend time examining your thoughts and behavior. Why is it that you smoke? Are you fearful of quitting smoking? What situations make you think you need a cigarette? These are some good questions to begin with. Prepare you mind to quit smoking by undoing many of the lies you have come to believe. The truth is; smoking is not your friend and you don’t need to smoke for whatever reason. Spend some time examining your thoughts before you have a cigarette. You should be able to link more pain to smoking than pleasure, that is the key!

The stronger your belief on how smoking helps with relaxing, reducing stress, managing anger, boredom, anxiety, sleeping, etc the harder it will be to quit smoking. The key to quitting smoking is to really want it. The key to wanting to quit smoking directly deals with the psychological effects of smoking and how you change your beliefs about the effects smoking has on your mind and body. Once you are able to expose the lies that smoking has any benefit at all the easier it will be to quit and be confident in your decision to do so.

You are going to notice more and more that smoking does not bring you pleasure. You are going to see that the reasons you smoke don’t always make sense and that there are beliefs about smoking that need to be changed. You have been brainwashed into thinking you need to smoke to feel normal. You don’t? Here is a quote that I found that can help you prepare you mind to quit smoking and counteract the psychological effects of smoking.

“Whatever you hold in your mind will tend to occur in your life. If you continue to believe as you have always believed, you will continue to act as you have always acted. If you continue to act as you have always acted, you will continue to get what you have always gotten. If you want different results in your life or your work, all you have to do is change your mind.”

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