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Stage Five: Maintaining a Tobacco-Free Lifestyle

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Stage Five: Maintaining a Tobacco-Free Lifestyle (<i>cont'd</i>)

Renewing Your Commitment

To avoid the "now what" syndrome of many achievers, create a new goal to deepen your resolve. It might be time to explore other lifestyle changes you've been considering.

Write your new goal.

After you've been practicing a healthy behavior for some time, it's also a good idea to look back at why you wanted to change in the first place. Complete these 3 steps:

  1. Record the reasons you decided to stop using tobacco.
  2. Are your reasons for quitting the same today?
  3. Are there more or different reasons you want to stay tobacco free?

And in This Corner...

Supportive relationships are important in every stage of the behavior change process. Seek someone to be in your corner — a nonjudgmental, positive-minded believer in you. Someone working toward similar goals can provide great support, too. Once you've identified friends or family members to support you, list 2 or more things they can do to help.

Balancing Your Life

A sense of well-being and satisfaction in your life is an important factor in helping you maintain any healthy behavior. To help you achieve balance, try:

  • Deep breathing
  • Positive self-talk
  • Visualizing a pleasant place
  • Listening to music
  • Taking a warm bath
  • Laughing out loud
  • Watching a movie
  • Staying physically active
  • Getting plenty of rest
  • Thinking optimistically
  • Keeping a journal
  • Volunteering for a good cause
  • Spending time with family and friends
  • Finding a hobby
  • Viewing life's challenges as opportunities
  • Maintaining your personal values, goals, choices
  • Playing with a pet.