I am a 33 year old female, have been smoking for 14 years. I want to quit, I know I need to quit, I have quit before and failed. I recently made a geographic move that is very exciting for me and am thrilled about this new start in life. I have a successful career, I am eating healthier than I ever have and am more active than ever as well. I want to be healthier though and I know I need to quit smoking to be the kind of person I really want to be and be seen as. I am also single and have realized that many men will not even consider dating someone that smokes. I guess what I'm looking for is some advice on how to get these "thoughts" out of my head that overwhelm me every time I seriously start thinking about quitting: 1) I have very high anxiety and am fearful of taking away the practice that I use to calm myself when feeling particularly stressed. 2) I don't drink much anymore, but when I do, I love to smoke. I fear I won't enjoy drinking socially anymore if I know I can't smoke. 3) When the weather is warm, I look forward to nothing more than being outside, reading a book and smoking. 4) If I'm in my car, I'm smoking...how miserable will my daily commute be if I quit? 5) I have recently lost a decent amount of weight and for the first time in my life am relatively happy with my body image...I fear I will gain the weight back if I quit.
Any advice, thoughts, etc. would be appreciated. Thank you!View Thread
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