Imagine life without tobacco, not because you have to, but because it's what you want to do. A tobacco-free lifestyle helps you feel better about yourself and makes you a role model for family and friends — and you're proud of that.
How did that feel? It is possible to visualize yourself quitting, isn't it? If doubts creep back in your mind, repeat this exercise to imagine success again and again.
Knowledge Is Power
A good problem-solving technique is asking the right questions. The key is to ignore answers that seem too good to be true, and instead focus on facts about the health behavior you want to change.
Here are some sample questions to get you started. Use them as a guide for developing questions geared to your situation.
- How will I feel in the days after I stop using tobacco?
- How can I avoid gaining weight once I quit smoking?
- What are the dangers of second-hand smoke to those around me?
Record 1-2 of your own questions that you believe would give you important answers to assist in changing.
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.
Print out the Take-Action Form How Much Will You Use Tobacco This Week? to record your observations.
When you complete the activities in this stage, continue on to Stage Three: Preparing to Be Tobacco-Free.