If you have been smoking since you were a teenager, you probably have not developed other ways to deal with your feelings, such as: stress, loneliness, anger, anxiety, boredom, happiness etc. Now is the time to learn and practice new coping skills to deal with these feelings. Deep breathing, physical activities, talking with people and listening to music are just a few strategies to consider.
The things we say to our self can help us break our dependence on nicotine or hurt our chances of success. Some people feel that they can not stop using tobacco products and tell themselves that over and over. This type of self talk sets you up for failure. Positive messages to yourself will help you succeed. Statements such as, “I am in control”; “I can do this”, “Being tobacco free is important to me because…”