~~Sometimes I pretend to be normal but it gets boring....so I go back to being me.~~ Unknown
I am not normal, whatever normal may be. I tend to wake each morning eager to grab life and dance through each day!! I love my world!! I am mostly happy, excited to be alive, and I try to be kind. So when I quit smoking this last time, I knew I needed to change my approach, as what I tried before hadn't worked. Iit was time to quit MY way.
I decided that I needed to make it.....fun! I needed to laugh. I needed to be me.
So taking my quit step by step meant more than just putting one foot in front of the other.
I hopped instead. I walked backwards. I skipped. I danced.
Through each step, I made my quit a little different....a little more...well....me!
Bad craving? I blew a raspberry. Or I sang "Eye of the Tiger". Or I did a yoga pose. Just because those things are things I do. Now, I could have journaled. I could have breathed deeply. I could have gnawed on a straw. But those are things I don't do, if that makes sense.
While everyone who quits needs to take things step by step, day by day, that doesn't mean that you have to do things stiff and stilted and totally not you. Make each step, each second....you!! If you are a belly laugher, laugh!! If you are a goofball, be a goofball. If you like rules, follow the rules.
Incorporate your quit into your world. Make it a part of who you are, rather than trying to make you a "perfect quitter". I think it works better that way :)
And always, always love who you are. You bring something special to the world by just being who you are...you bring something magical to this site by just being who you are. Give yourself the gift of quitting AND the gift of loving yourself. You are worth it :)