29 Nov 2017
11 Apr 2019
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I know you have tried to quit numerous times before. That's okay. Try to learn from each of your attempts.
You are used to your routines. We all are. I did the same kind of stuff that you did. 2 or 3 cigs before I left for work. Smoke break morning and afternoon, and had another at lunch. Sometimes one right after work before getting on the subway to go home. And I had tried to quit in the past, too. The difference this time was that I really meant it. I knew that this was my time to quit and I would not allow myself to give in. Period.
Quitting smoking is hard. You have to seriously want to quit, and you have to be willing to be tough on yourself.
In your case, think about things you can do to change your routines. Look at the non-smokers at your work. What do they do when they need a little break? Perhaps make a cup of coffee or tea, or grab a glass of water. Have a little chat with a co-worker. Maybe have a snack. When you get home, why not check your emails, read a little, watch a favorite show, or go for a walk? You have to be willing to change things up a bit. At first it feels weird, but you get used to it fairly quickly. And once you get the ball rolling, it can be fun to challenge yourself. Ask yourself, "What can I do differently to get through this moment without smoking?" And then give yourself a pat on the back when you are successful.
Give this attempt a sincere shot, and keep posting here, because we are all here to help each other. You can be a non-smoker, lalalaura. Believe in yourself. I am rooting for you.