Welcome to episode #23 of Ask an Ex.
In this interview, the amazing occupational therapist Manuela Ocrainschi from Canada shares her story of how she quit smoking with The Cognitive Behavioral Quitting (CBQ) Program. On the 27th of February, 2020, Manuela smoked her last cigarette and has been a non-smoker ever since! In this conversation with Nasia Davos, Manuela generously shares her personal experience of quitting smoking and the powerful insights she gained along the way, including coping strategies, favorite parts from the CBQ Program and how she dealt with the fear of failure!
00:00 – Intro
00:39 – Meet Manuela: How She Started Smoking
02:25 – How Manuela Became a Light Smoker
05:36 – Motivation to Quit: Mother’s Cancer Diagnosis
08:26 – Quitting Before the Pandemic
10:38 – Mindful Coping Strategies
12:04 – Reflecting on Previous Quit Attempt vs. Successful Quit
14:44 – Manuela’s Favorite CBQ Strategies: Smoking Notebook and Habit Replacement
18:59 – Importance of Mindset and Self-Kindness
25:51 – Coping Strategies for Stress Without Cigarettes
27:49 – What Manuela Learned from Quitting Smoking
29:18 – Manuela’s Advice for Those Struggling to Quit Smoking
30:19 – Conclusion and Final Thoughts
About Ask An Ex
ASK AN EX is an interview series featuring inspiring ex-smokers who succeeded with the CBQ Method™
And they tell you everything – how they did it, what helped them, what challenged them, their fears, motivations and aspirations.
Because the best person to ask about quitting smoking, is an Ex who’s been exactly where you are right now. Every EX shares their unique perspective and wisdom on quitting smoking (because everyone has a unique mix of background, mindset, and experiences).
And they do it for 1 reason: to help YOU become an EX too.