So you have finally made a decision to stop puffing, but you don’t know how. Your loved ones, be it your parents, spouse, children or any other well-wisher has convinced you to stop inhaling smoke for your own health and the health of those who are suffering your second-hand smoke.
One of the easiest ways to stop smoking is to receive counseling for your addiction. Immediately your defense mechanism kicks in, counseling is so expensive, I don’t have the time for counseling, I don’t need help from an outsider to learn how to stop smoking, I can do it on my own. So let’s answer each of these questions.
Counseling is so expensive: Yes it costs money to receive counseling from a good and experienced Psychologist. The cost will be much lower than what you spend on cigarettes alone, and the improvement to your health will be priceless.
I Don’t have time for counseling: Yes counseling takes time, you drive from your home or office to the Psychologist’s clinic, you spend time with the Psychologist. This takes time, but if you continue to smoke you will ruin your health, and you will be waiting for appointments with cancer specialists, lung specialists, and other procedures at hospitals.
I don’t need outside help for quitting smoking: Who are you fooling? You are only fooling yourself. If quitting smoking was so easy, or your will power was so strong you would have quit smoking a long while ago. It is best to recognize your limitations and seek specialized help from an experienced Psychologist who is an expert in helping you overcome your addiction.
There are no two buts about it, smoking will kill you. The death will be painful and unpleasant. If you don’t want to quit smoking for yourself, at least do it for your loved ones. They don’t deserve to see you suffer from all the illnesses that are caused by smoking.
About the Author: Dr. Prerna Kohli – Ph.D. is a practicing psychologist for over 25 years. She is a four-time gold medal winner for her academic excellence. She has been awarded by the President of India for her contributions to Mental Health. Learn more about Dr. Prerna Kohli.
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