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Remember The Three R's

Oct 25, 2013 | Posted in Step 2: Planning To Quit?

During the next few days, you may find that one of the most difficult tasks is to start thinking of yourself as a non-smoker. You may find yourself thinking dangerous thoughts like “one cigarette won’t hurt,” or “I don’t have to quit right now — I’ll try again in a few weeks.” At times like these, it’s helpful to remember the three R’s:

Remind

yourself why you’re quitting.

Refuse

to let negative thoughts take over your brain. For instance, if you find yourself thinking, “One puff won’t hurt,” push that thought away — remember: you are a non-smoker.

Rehearse

difficult situations ahead of time. Remember the plan you made for dealing with tough situations and practice what you’re going to say out loud.

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