29 Nov 2017
06 Jun 2019
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Like atp, smoking was a ritual for me as well. I smoked before and after I did anything. When I was happy, I would celebrate with a smoke. When I was sad, I would sit down, light up, and think about what was bothering me. I always had an excuse to smoke. But when I decided to quit, what I started to do was to ask myself, "What would a non-smoker do in this situation?" And I realized that instead of having a coffee and a smoke, I could just have a coffee. And after having a meal, when the cravings were really intense, I would open my computer and immerse myself in a game, or read a book I was really enjoying. I also reached out for help from the people here on this site, or I would call one of my supportive sisters or a friend and talk through my feelings. Or if the weather was decent, I would do some grocery shopping, or simply go for a walk.
For me, distraction of any kind was key. But I also really tried to look at my non-smoking friends and see how they handled different situations. And then I tried to emulate them.