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Pack for Recovery

If you haven't yet started, when packing for your journey, will you pack for quitting or recovery? Instead of inviting mind/head games such as "quitters never win and winners never quit," why not begin by adopting a positive vision of what's about to occur?

Synonyms for the word "quit" include: abandon, break-off, chuck, desert, forsake, give-up, leave, push-out, relinquish, resign, surrender and terminate.

Abandoning us? Giving up? Forsaking, terminating or quitting ourselves? As reviewed in Chapter 3, the real "quitting" took place on the day that nicotine took control, not the day we decide to take it back.

Why not instead pack a healthy mental image of what's about to happen during this temporary journey of re-adjustment? More coins, more time to spend them, taking back your mouth, mind and #1 priority, you're reclaiming control and "recovering" the real you!

Street sight for recovery

The Oxford dictionary defines "recovery" as "1: a return to a normal state of health, mind, or strength. 2: The action or process of regaining possession or control of something stolen or lost."[1]

A new and exciting beginning or a frightening and much dreaded end? Are you about to stop smoking, vaping, dipping or chewing or begin the greatest healing process your body and mind have ever known?

We are what we think. Although it'll feel a bit awkward at first, try replacing the phrase "I'm quitting" with "I'm recovering."

, By simply thinking in terms of taking back, returning and getting, instead of abandoning, forsaking and quitting, you'll be pleasantly surprised at the calming effect upon needless anxiety generating sense of loss related fears.



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[1] Oxforddictionaries.com, recovery, July 6, 2015



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