~~Break the rules. Be a fighter. Any dream is possible if you are brave enough to do it YOUR way.~~ AJ Lee
So you are determined to quit smoking. You read EVERYTHING here and try it all. After all, if he quit successfully and said to do "this", it must work. And if she quit successfully and did "this AND this", it is the way to quit.
But nothing is working for you. You 'fail'. You are smoking again and you decide that you must be the exception and NOTHING will work for you. You feel defeated, bewildered, ashamed. Why can't you quit?
Could it be, maybe, that you didn't put any work into your quit? Could it be that by reading and mimicking others' quits, you forgot to personalize YOUR own quit? Could it be that you forgot the most important aspect of quitting....making it yours?
Just as we are all quitters, we are also all unique individuals. I love colors, she loves black and white, he loves only blue. I love music, she loves reading, he loves working out. You can sit on the sidelines and try all these things or you can jump in with you OWN ideas on what you love.
So you can read about breathing deeply and you can read about sucking on a lemon and you can read about drinking tea rather than coffee OR you can make a list of the things you want to do in your own life to replace smoking. Are you a social butterfly who loves people? You may want to join a club, a team, or a gym. Are you more of a loner? You may want to try hiking, spending time in museums, or buy a hammock for the back yard.
My point is simply be you. Fight for your quit by doing things that are a reflection of who you are. If you want to try our suggestions, by all means try!! But make it yours. Own your quit and know its the most personal journey you will ever be on. Your emotions may bounce, your days may be extremely good and terribly dark, your mind may play tricks or help you find some peace. It's all up to you
So break the rules by doing your quit YOUR way!! Explore and discover your inner warrior. Find your creativity and bravely march to your own drummer. It's an exciting time in your life, not just a scary one I hope you enjoy your journey!!