Developing Cognitive Skills for Success as You Give Up Smoking

Part of Stop Smoking For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Your mind is your greatest ally in your effort to stop smoking. Laying the mental and emotional foundations for success involves frequent reminders to yourself in a positive way.

Once you’ve stopped smoking, invoke these ideas as often as necessary:

  • I may feel shaky or tired or miserable today, but what I’m going through is temporary. The situation will get better every day.

  • Even if I don’t feel great, I’m having a successful day because I’m not smoking.

  • Stopping smoking is a loving, caring thing to do for myself. I deserve it.

  • I don’t have to surrender to the impulse to smoke. I can do something else instead. I will feel much better about myself tomorrow knowing that I didn’t slip.