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I Believe I Can Quit
If quitting smoking has made its way to the top of your New Years resolutions, you're in good company. As many as 3 million Americans will make quitting smoking a top priority this year (according to US Weekly, one among the masses is Cameron Diaz, who also wants to start wearing a bra.)
There are plenty of tips out there on sites like quitsmoking.com and cancer.org, but one of the most important things to remember is that, as R. Kelly pointed in his prolific 1996 ballad "I Believe I Can Fly," visualization is key. In case you don't remember, he crooned, "If I can see it, then I can do it. If I just believe it, there's nothing to it." He was talking about flying, but you get the picture.
Imagining yourself as a non-smoker is one of the most powerful tools you can use on your way to quitting. Sit back, relax, breathe deep and try some of these affirmations suggested by quitsmoking.com:
"I enjoy breathing easily and deeply."
"I am free from any desire to smoke."
"My hands and teeth are clean and smoke free."
"I enjoy being around non-smokers."
"I am relaxed and calm."
And Cammie, if you're reading this, here's one for you: "Push-up bras and minty fresh breath will lead to a Golden Globe win."
Echolate, it may be tough to avoid the smokers who are already in your life, but what about introducing more non-smokers to even things out a bit? Perhaps you can take a yoga class or join a gym in order to have healthier people around you on a regular basis.
i am quitting...but it is hard when the people around you are smokers.
Go, quitters, go!