06 Feb 2020
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Good for you for deciding to quit. Quitting smoking is one of the best things you could ever do for yourself.
I quit cold turkey. I found distracting myself really helpful. I would go for a walk, do groceries, read a book, or play a computer game. Anything to keep myself busy.
It can also help to change your routine a bit. So for example, instead of sitting on your porch, is there a park you could go to instead? That would be a better alternative, because you generally don't see people smoking in parks.
I know it's hard when most of your friends smoke. A couple of my sisters still smoke and before the pandemic, we hung out together a lot. I needed to distance myself from them for a bit because they smoke inside and the smoke from their cigarettes ended up really bothering me once I quit.
Also, instead of wishing I could smoke again just like them, I reminded myself that I was making a major change in my life that was really awesome. It takes guts and determination to quit, and if you can pull it off, you will feel a lot of pride in your accomplishment.
Instead of worrying, try to get excited about your quit. You are starting a whole new chapter of your life, Rachel. Go for it. I am rooting for you!