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I have a very hectic life very stressful which I would always head straight for a smoke and I don’t want to replace smokes with food.
I’m just wondering how people work through basically life’s challenges how they have worked through it especially in the first couple of days. Please I would love to hear from your experiences
Here are my most effective ways I combat urges to smoke:
1. Chew toffee or a treat that’ll take some time to eat. Chewing gum is fine.
2. Think about the consequences of smoking and the fact that lung cancer is the deadliest type of cancer
3. If you’re a guy... masturbate. No I’m not kidding. It’s gonna get your mind completely off it and give you the dopamine your brain so desperately needs....
I'm have quit with Champix and this is my 12th day of being smoke free today. I'd like to share some of my methods with you. If one of them helps a single person I'm happy.
1. I've written the reasons why I want to quit on the inside of my fingers. So every time I get a craving I read: Health, kids, longevity, money.
2. After reading it I do some deep beating for 30 seconds and am happy th...
Day 1 and I can’t hold a thought for more than a few seconds, except the thought that I’d like a smoke! I remember when my dad quit years ago. He’d stare out the window with a glass of juice in his hand instead of a cig. I’m replacing each cig with a glass of water, focusing on how clean and refreshing it feels going down.
Hi new quitters! Congrats are getting this far in your quit. I often see new quitters ask when it will get better. My pro opinion (and at 32 months I’m allowed to have one) is that things start to mentally improve on Day 8. Day one is fairly easy. Day two makes you wonder if you can do this. Day three is the WORST because your brain just figured out what’s going on. Day four your brain is hav...
Just thought I would try to help a few of the people who have posted Llanelli about their struggles with quitting. We keep saying it and that is because it is key to quitting happily.
Your mindset is a very powerful tool...and you can use it to aid in quitting more easily.
Be happy that you have quit...be happy that you have been smart enough to kick that habit out of your life. A lot ...
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I didn't know what section to put this request in on this forum? I will be on 10 days without a cigarette but tomorrow is my Birthday and I usually go out with some family and friends. Bit of anxiety there, but I am looking forward to it also. Coming home and the let down of not celebrating with a cigarette is in my mind at the moment, so I need some ideas/help for tomorrow. Thanks
I have been quit of all smokes for 290 days it's been a while since i last posted but wanted to share my experience it seems to me i can not smoke but i have to of had a drink of alcohol. It seems to me that if i run out of alcohol then i'd relapse and start smoking again as alcohol withdrawal is pretty bad but still smoke free and feels good my lungs are alot better now. When i was smoking i wa...
I have slipped an few times trying to quit. But i would always start again week later to quit. So far so good on my 4th day.
630 smoke free days now
I have found that I still get strong cravings
when I get one I remind myself that is I ignore it, it will be gone in 5 minutes
this knowldge has helped me a lot
Hi everyone! I really need a tip on when to take my champix. Im in my second week & really struggling at work. I work 8:30pm to 6:30am & not sure how i should be taking the day & night tablets. Is anyone else in the same boat? Anyone previously been through this? At the moment i get home in the morning & take my day tablet & then take my night one before heading to work. Thanks heaps in advance!
When I told myself that cigarettes were not friends it was easier to turn my back on them. Tip was given to me by Quitline person. I would get stressed then the internal dialogue was. No they won't help me they're hurting me and then I'd ring someone who'd care. Quit 12 years ago and won't go back I don't go back to bad friends Good luck choose an internal dialogue that works for you😀
Smoking doesn’t own you...REMEMBER THAT!
April 2005. After praying for a few years to be free from smoking I reached the point where I was done with the guilt and frustration. I told Jesus that I’m sick of asking for help and that from now on I’m gonna smoke till I die and I don’t care anymore...three days later I stopped smoking(it’s been 14 years and not one dhurry). Because I gave up giving...
Thanks for all your stories, everyone... VERy enlightening... time for plan B (or whatever, did not keep track.) I did notice that the lozenges were only lasting about 2 hours before feeling irritable and anxious again, and I can't seen to go for longer periods. I now know that many others have been on them for years, and that is a real eye-opener as far as my chances of getting off these gradu...
We focus on WHAT TO DO... Just as everyone's quit will be different, because we are all different as people, and think differently our thought process may be different too. I found this article that may help some.... Things Not to Do While Quitting Smoking.
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Due to start 2 zyban pills a day tomorrow can anyone share there good and bad experiences with zyban please
It is 101 days already since my last cigarette. Where does the time go?
I have seen many succeed on this journey to freedom and restored health. Congrats to those who made it, and Kudos to those who are still trying or back after making multiple attempts. Your efforts will be rewarded. Every time you miss that brass ring, you have learned, and knowing where you went off course enables you to...
Well, two years ago today, I snuffed out my last smoke.. It is still Feb, 15th here. You folks, down under, will be reading this on my tomorrow, but I'm writing it on your yesterday :)
The best tip, I can give to new comers, is to realize, this does not have to be a journey. You do not have to stay quit. It does not have to be a life long battle. You simply have to real...
I have been quit for 19 days now! woohoo! I have been a smoker for 25 year. I got the flu and had no interest in smoking and when I got better I just decided to ride the wave and see how long I could go without having a cig. Well its been 19 days and last night I had the overwhelming urge to just have something in my hand, put it to my mouth and inhale. I didn't care if it had nicotine in it or ...
ciao a tutti mi chiamo Gianni e vivo in Italy,
Domani sara il mio primo giorno di Champix
smettere smettere smettere
I need any support
Giving up this Monday for good. Want to be here for my kids weddings
Hi I'm on day 2 of taking the champix and I'm still smoking is that normal? Will the tablets eventually kick in and make me not want to smoke? I have very little will power
It is so hard to find a way to remove yourself from the smoking triggers. I booked a cruise for 3 days and left the smokes behind. This was a completely foreign environment to me and helped me not only with the triggers but also the inability to buy smokes onboard as this was a domestic cruise and no duty free shopping allowed.
Just checking in 31 days in and feeling bloody fantastic- I have wanted to quit for such a long time and I know I was ready to do it. No slips ups , actually happier and prouder then I thought I could ever be- I haven’t lost it this time round and I’m excited for every occasion to be a non smoker! I’m quite a healthy person gym 4-5 times a week eat healthy but woh how good I feel woh!!I just want...
I smoked 60+ cigarettes a day for over 30 years and had tried many times to give up, but just couldn't stay off them.
Finally I found a strategy that worked and I have now been smoke-free for 18 years. What I did was:
1. Set my intention to give up as soon as I felt I could. I reinforced this by thinking about how things would be better if I did. More money. Less smelly. Better health. No hassl...
Go for a walk when a craving hits
I think drinking more water helps by flushing out the toxins and keeps me busy enough,by extra trips to the bathroom thatby the timeI do all that I dont have the urge to go outside and have a smoke
I came across some herbal remedies and was curious if anyone has ever tried any? I was hoping to find something like Champix that helped block the dopamine sensors, and took the enjoyment out of smoking for the 3 days cold turkey, but only after successfully altering the psychological and behavioral habits (90%) first.
Lobellia, or Indian Tobacco sounds promising, but unstudied . I don't see ...
I'm on day 6 of my journey and am finding that I am constantly hungry. When I feel start to feel hungry I drink water, my water intake had tripled, but I'm not thirsty, I'm starving. Does this stop? I'm trying to eat fruit and other healthy stuff but the volume will catch up very soon. Advice please.
Hi All, so many new people on here, which is great. It made me realise that with the cost going up, many more people are being trendy and quitting the smokes. To be a non smoker is very trendy these days which is so great. Take it one day at a time, there is no fast track, just one day at a time. Deal with each challenge as it arises...you will do your head in if you try to predict too far ahead....
No matter what method your choose. The biggest factor is the Want to quit smoking.
The American Cancer Society and Verywell both claim that NRT's do work but have significantly better chances of success and keeping quit if used in conjunction with counselling. It also realizes that it does not address the psychological aspect of quitting. (This also applies to Champix, although not nicotine base...
Great reviews for the book. One review does say the printing is small. (He has added a few points to his first book "Easy Way"which is excellent as well.Read the reviews. I have posted both.
If you are having difficulties, need re-inforcement or heck reward yourself early for taking the effort to even learn about the steps to quit. i.e. coming to this help group. Spend less than a weeks wor...
Nicotine dependency recovery can be our greatest personal awakening ever. Imagine destroying needless quitting fears by understanding them, and thus being able to better notice and savor the beauty about to unfold before you.
No longer afraid, imagine noticing your breathing improve and the richness sensed by rapidly healing taste-buds. Imagine discovering that white flour and rain drops have ...
Nicotine was the trap, like fruit flies to in the vinegar bottle, they get lured in, but can't get out again. Once the nicotine poisoned the mind it is constantly at war with the other part of our brain that says "you know the truth, why do you keep burying your head in the sand?) Why? FEAR. What Fear? fear of dying? No... no... no... We are not afraid of dying, we are afraid to see the truth.
We need to support everyone in a positive way.....we do not need quoted passages from books etc, we do not need people standing on their soap boxes dishing out advice as if they know all there is to know. We simply need to quietly encourage and support anyone that needs it. Everyone has a point of view, but I honestly believe there are some who are giving advice that has not been asked for. Somet...
You would think that because we became addicted gradually, that we could do the reverse.
Many cigarettes can be skipped without being missed or causing withdrawal. How many do you reach for unconsciously? Some can be put off by doing something else for 5 or 10 minutes.
You can further reduce a couple by hating the inconvenience if you are making smoking uncomfortable. Tasting the poison while ...
There is so much for newcomers to read and learn from. There are many good posts and conversations . Robn writes so eloquently and always gives sound advice. Please take the time to read these 2 of her posts and the dialogue that follows.
Just a thought
I have read a few stories from start to present, but of course cannot read them all. There are so many inspiring stories. Do...
Some may feel that they will always miss smoking, life will be miserable without a smoke and this can hold some people back from succeeding in their quit journey. They are subconsciously railroading their quit so that their lifestyle doesn’t change. I know because I have done it myself. Half of you wants to quit and the other half is scared of a new and different lifestyle.
I smoked ...
So relaxing and reminds me to be happy and stay committed in my new life as a Happy Non-Smoker. Hope it does the same for you. Happy New Year!
An easy to understand site to get you started on your journey. https://health.usnews.com/health-conditions/allergy-asthma-respiratory/smoking-cessation/overview#14
It starts off with some pretty bleak numbers, but i have read studies that say if you are sufficiently motivated and over 45 you have a very good chance of succeeding. Anyone can, but face it, you have to WANT to quit smoking. Then th...
Those here know how I and many others advocate the "mindset", newcomers need to know how important it is . Here is another link that may be useful. I hope it may also help others having difficulties, and in no way want to undermine their efforts. A quit is a quit no matter how it is achieved. I sincerely hope that if i post enough information that something positive will resonate with you.
Are you going through a difficult time? Do just this one thing before you light up and throw away what you have accomplished. Read "THE SMOKERS VOW" by Joel Spritz on whyquit. If you can't always have it available, write it down or memorize it. Do remember that alcohol may inhibit your good judgement . Happy New Year!
No matter how long quit, you too would maybe someday do yourself a service ...
Every quit is different. Knowledge is power. Quitting need not be hard.
I found a free site which allows you to read it all absolutely free. Although this site is for those wanting to quit without NRT's it is a must read for all to explain where you have come from and where you will be going and how to get there. It is a book. A whole book by John R. Polito who i gather founded https://whyqu...
I forgot to post the link to the video I spoke about in last post:
The day is here! 2 years quite for me. Although I am celebrating and am more confident than ever, I am not going let the nico demon use this as an excuse that I have beaten it and I can "just have one puff, or one cigarette"
I found a video presentation that was interesting and thought I would share what I related to most and wrote about in my postings on this site:
1. When starting out do...
I was just thinking about how I felt when I first started my quit journey. I would read the stories on here and think...I will never be able to do what these people have done. And they make it sound so damn easy....don’t they struggle some days? They are so positive and keep going on about how easy it can be. I have had more quit attempts than hot dinners and none of them were easy...until this o...
I have been on this site to try and help others to achieve an easy of a quit smoking experience as I did.
I have written many pieces and advice on the mindset, as have a few others here. (that i know of) I am sure we would be interested in how many (if any) people have found their quits any easier with some understanding of what we mean.
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