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My key motivation if you like to give up smoking was increased energy. I haven’t smoked for 3 weeks and have no intention of returning to smoking. However- my main motivation hasn’t transpired and isn’t true- i have less energy and I am exhausted.
I have projects to do at home- no energy.
I feel I want a reward for all this pain of stopping- I know well hey that’s life no one owes no one a...
U.K. Health care professionals although well meaning often extol the benefits of quitting whilst trivialising the withdrawal symptoms.
I understand they do this to encourage quit attempts.
I also understand many are reading from a script and have never smoked themselves.
I don’t think you can equate smoking to any other type of addiction however I notice they don’t really do this wit...
I find it useful not to dwell or ruminate in thoughts of smoking- in effect remove it from my mind.
Eat sleep watch tv cook do anything to push the thoughts out of your mind.
I never told anyone either of my cessation attempt to avoid discussion and focus on the topic.
I also took 4 days off work in order to go cold Turkey with the mindset it was to give up smoking only and get through t...
I have found that NRT works for me, approximately 6 days in to a forever quit.
Have reached 80 days nic free. I decided to go cold turkey this time around after failed attempts with nrt. I don't know if I read it here or somewhere else but what has made all the difference for me this time around is to consider myself a non smoker from the beginning and not a smoker that is trying to quit. It seems so obvious now but I never thought of it before. Hope this helps somebody. I ...
My tip for quitting the smokes is just to Do it ! And follow the simple philosophy of NOPE meaning not one puff ever. This forum is one of my better discoveries I think it’s very helpful. The nope plan is really all I need to remember. It doesn’t matter what happens ! I can now apply what I’ve learnt from this experience to other things in my life. I will still get stressed out at times but I’m ...
If this dude was able to quit you certainly can too.
Keith Richards on quitting smoking cigarettes after 55 years: 'I just don't miss it'
Sun, March 13, 2022, 12:14 PM
Keith Richards is officially a non-smoker.
The Rolling Stones guitarist told CBS Sunday Morning that he quit smoking cigarettes two years ago, after 55 years of the habit.
"You know, it's funn...
284 days smoke free and loving the freedom that comes with it. No longer dictated to. Freedom is strength 🧘
I think it's disgusting on this website uses methods to stop that clearly is not working ,but one method they did not post was the method of Acupuncture Laser therapy- This method is literally 95% effective but yet insurance companies will not cover it, but they will cover the patch, and the gum like huh? The patch and Gum has nicotine in it- but Laser Acupuncture does not . I dont understand how...
Hi, I’m a social smoker what is the best NRT to use when drinking? Most effective you have found
I thought I would post about the benefits of quitting smoking for me as it may help other people.
I used to post about my cravings but they have almost died away now and I still get an occasional one or an urge to smoke again but then I think of all the effort I have put in to remaining a non smoker.
Anyway physical exercise is a great way to de stress and it also gets rid of toxins in the body...
I am disappointed in the lack of response that I have seen in my absence and request that you not only notify those outside of Australia that they can return, but also the members who have had nothing to new read and get support. Together we can make iCanQuit a place to travel this journey together.
These are some of the things I do and think about in order to beat my cravings:
1. Take several deep breaths exhaling out my mouth.
2. A 10-15 minute silent meditation just focusing on cool air into my brain and warm air flowing out of my nostrils. Then change the warm air to cool for 10 mins then at the end back to warm.
3. Listening to some music that suits my mood.
4. Pulling out weeds i...
I am wondering if anyone could suggest a good quality guided visualisation i could access, whether found on an app, or on youtube? I am a bit fussy when it comes to these, but any suggestons from people who are actually using them and on the same journey as me to not smoking, would be helpful!
It gets easier - you stop thinking about it
And start eating
I am having a tough day which I'm not dealing with very well. We (my brother, sister and I) think that our mother is dying. She fell and broke her hip and we knew the prognosis was not good. She is 93, has had a full life, and I will miss her dearly. In the meantime, I am tasked with writing her obituary and it hasn't been that long since I gave up cigarettes. It's been complicated with ci...
Today is 6 weeks since I started my umpteenth and final quit! I do get cravings still but just play it forward to that couple of minutes of a nicotine high resulting in me being a full-time nicotine addict again and it truly is not worth it. Smelling the stale smoke on others also helps my resolve. I really didn't realize how awful I smelled all of the time. Glad to not have to go out in the cold...
The cravings for me yesterday were terrible. So I would get up from my desk and walk to my bedroom. It's ten steps either way, so as I walked I took deep breaths of clean air and told myself I am profiting from inhaling all that clean air into my lungs and my mouth will continue to stay clean and free of tobacco. I did that probably twenty times yesterday, but I SURVIVED and today I am so prou...
Hi all. My story is that I have mouth cancer and need to stop smoking. I would think this would be a good motivation. My motivator does not seem to be very powerful. I have cut down but find it hard to get going in the morning and give in to the puff. I like my coffee and smoke rest time during the day also. I wonder when I start my treatment if I will hate smokes. Mean while every smoke I urg...
I am wondering where everyone has gone, there doesn't seem to be many people sharing or giving advise anymore[ except for Happiness]
So. I’m officially 5 days in. It’s intense right now. My mental health is not where I want it to be.
At at this moment I’m craving a smoke!!
I really don’t want to slip up but I feel like I NEED ONE!!!
Withdrawals are kicking my a$$ right now.
One of the most random amazing ways I've used to help quit is a sort of hypnotic, but Ural beat music I found on YouTube - here is the link: https://youtu.be/UrhlyWo0zto there are many like this if you go 'quit smoking music' into YouTube. I can say it does do wonders.
So I’m 4 days in. My mental health is completely all over the place.
I’m craving a smoke right now!! But I don’t want to stuff up the hard work I’ve done so far.
Would someone be able to give me some advice on dealing with the withdrawals for someone whom suffers from mental health illnesses?
I’m worried I’m going to relapsed and I want to prevent that as much as I can!!
Thank you ...
Closing in on 5 weeks quit and the cravings are less. I’m feeling much more confident. I’m finding the best way to beat cravings is distraction. Whatever you can think of to help. Write a list of things you can do instead of smoking. Who wants to smoke anyway it has nothing going for it - super expensive, causes cancer and heart disease, ageing of the skin plus it really stinks. So many other rea...
Why NOPE? One is one too many, 1000 is never enough...
See yourself as the non smokers you want to be, your self satisfaction, freedom from the cravings first thing every morning, your family's pride, no more sly sneaky smokes
Tip 1 - Podcast "The Hypnotist" - find a smoking episode and listen to it while going to sleep for the first week, each day pick a different one. Turn the volume low just above a whisper and let it play through the night, other episodes will follow but they are positive and confidence building. Hope it makes you feel great like it did me, and took the struggle out of trying to quit.
Tip 2 - ...
After 53 years I took my last puff. Still got the selfie. Reason : self disgust and my family. Joined this help forum a few months later. Thank God I did. Went cold Turkey and drank voluminous amounts of really strong sweet coffee. After 3 months the real pangs went. After 6 months was totally free. $55000 saved. New extension on house. New Gibson 335 guitar. Self respect back. Still aliv...
I was going so well for 3 weeks and now I am back at square one again. I have been smoking for a week now and it only took one slip. I am not sure why my mindset changed, smoking is such a horrendous addiction. Although I feel like giving up on giving up, I know I need to pick myself back up and start again. So day 1 again for me!!
Here's my quick & dirty - I smoked for 20 years (a pack a day) and I tried champix for the first time, I LITERALLY lost the desire to smoke after about 3 weeks being on champix. It was GREAT and so unexpectedly surprising! I never thought I could go without a smoke for a day - but I didn't smoke for a month!!
then at the turn of the month - I was so sure that I had permanentl...
So this is my third time trying too quite again
I lasted 6 months the first time and I really want too boot the habit. Just looking for some tips an tricks on how too beat it
Fix coffee, go Mainstream, enjoy new things. Even Already CEO says they are quitting cigarettes and moving to new areas. I am done signing out
Hope your all having a lovely smoke free evening.
I myself am now 16 days smoke free.
I feel good most of the time every now and again there's a little niggle but I can control that now much better now and even though I work in a supermarket and I walk past them ciggerates every single day I have no intentions of buying a packet..
It doesn't bother me that they are right there.
Avoid the caffeinated drinks and the fast food. Drink water. And for me, it is important to stop eating foods at all because it all makes it worse. I don't mean that as it sounds....try not to snack on anything. I learned that.
Staying active to burn the nervous energy and sleep better
Nearly 24 hours smoke free
I have always found that denying yourself the caffeine and the coffee and all the rest is a sure shot to it -- the quitting of cigarettes. I needed a redo of the whole thing. It's alright. But the days of which I stayed smokefree are still that.
Will power comes in and it is a huge factor. How much do you wish to just end this thing? Then a lot of the time it comes around that you do have a lo...
I’ve just experienced the worst sleep during night 1 cold turkey. Fell asleep fine but constantly waking throughout the night, vivid dreams, sleep talking and barely feel like I slept. That was a bad night that I attribute to withdrawals, any tips or hope for it getting better?? I’ve never had sleep issues before but that felt like torture
I’m letting you know that I’ve started up smoking again smoking 30 smokes a day. I hope next time I can do it
Hi everyone just wanted to post and let you all no that I have found an app that's really great and it will help anyone struggling.
It's called quitsure.
It's free aswell
I have started 4 days ago
It's a 6 days program by day 6 you are a non smoker
All the best to you all.
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I imagined there was a tap in my brain and each time I take a puff, this tap turns on to release some satisfaction fluid. This happens approximately 10-15 puffs per cigarette 20 times a day. When I stopped puffing, after a while my brain realized "hang on, no satisfaction fluid is being released" this is not normal. I noticed this as my nervous system was out of whack, kind of a distortion with m...
I just can not stop even tough I am on champix
What's is it about the 3rd day the 3 week mark the 3rd month?
Is it really true the 3s are lays the hardest time to pass
Or is it all an illusion?
How do you keep on track when you start smoking heaps after smoking less.
Can someone give me any tips how to handle stress
I'm a 40 year old female and after having been a chronic smoker for over 20 years , I have quit on 24/04/2021.... I had a few slips .....smoked thrice till date starting from my quit date...feel awful about it.... I had decided to not smoke even a single puff but I slipped....my bigger goal is to remain quit for about a year and become a smoking deaddiction coach....but as i slip now and then i f...
So it's already been 114 days! 3 months! that's the most i've accomplished even with champix, It has helped but also my willpower the most! I do not regret it and as the months have went by i haven't even really thought about it, i've had alot of stressful things going on and still choose not to i can't stand the smell now and i couldn't imagine even smoking again its awful. I feel so proud of my...
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