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Deciding to make healthy changes is a big step. Maybe you're feeling hopeful, excited, and ready for the change. Or maybe you're nervous or worried that you'll let yourself and others down if you don't succeed.
You're not alone. Many people feel these emotions when they're thinking about change. It's common. And it can sometimes help you prepare and get ready to make a plan.
Having a plan—and staying focused on it—can be a big help.
Here are some ideas for making a plan.
Ask yourself some questions, and write down your thoughts.
If you've tried to change, cut back, or quit before now, think about that time. You can learn from your past.
There are ways to make a big goal easier.
Here's an example of small steps for a long-term goal to quit smoking:
These questions can help you plan for things that might get in your way. Write down your ideas.
If you think you'll feel cravings when you cut back on or stop using tobacco, a drug, or alcohol, talk to your doctor ahead of time. Medicine can help you control your body's cravings. For example, medicine for quitting smoking can help with cravings and stress and can double your chances of quitting.footnote 1
Try to make sure you're not alone in making this change. Connect with people who understand how important the change is to you. Here are some ways to find support.
Stead LF, et al. (2012). Nicotine replacement therapy for smoking cessation. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (11).
Current as of:
February 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Adam Husney MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito MD - Family MedicineChristine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health
Current as of: February 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Christine R. Maldonado PhD - Behavioral Health
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