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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...
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...
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 - ...
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...
Hi All, we talk a lot on this site about mindset. When we decide to quit smoking....do you draw a line under that statement...or do you say I am going to try and quit? If you think I am going to try and quit...you are leaving the door open just a little....in case you fail. If you think this is it, I am not smoking anymore...it is more powerful and no room for failure. We really are how we think....
To commit one needs to accept to bad and what sacrifices must be made to achieve the good.
Remember that you are choosing you.
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Hi guys, I’ve tried champix and I find it great except it gives me dreams all night so I woke up exhausted and it also breaks my skin out. I have literally cut a tablet in half to only have a smaller dose. It helps to make my skin less bad but still effects my sleep. Has anyone taken it at night instead and found that helps? Has anyone had the same experience?
I want to take it to help me quit ...
Reading Allen Carr’s book- ‘Stop Smoking Now’ is a great help.
Keep sending me your inspirational messages x
So I think I had a personal breakthrough when it comes to managing those disgusting cravings that used to pop up every now and then. I used to use sheer will to fight it off, by telling my self "I can't smoke a cigarette. I shouldn't smoke. I wont smoke." All the while I subconsciously thought about the words "smoke" and "cigarette."
Thinking that way only made things worse. Every time I told ...
though it has been sum months, i have returned back to this beloved site to let u all know that u have not driven me off it.
i understand the bullying u all were doing was to drive me off- both this website and my journey on quitting smoking.
i missed u all, esp happiness. my biggest fan through-out this journey. i will be updating u all on my recent adventures.
- love u a...
I have tried so many times to quit but failed every time.
This time I’m going to put 200% into it
Smoking 40+ a day and now on the NRT
I’m on day one today so yes I have a long way to go
My biggest setback is all the other smokers around me
I live and work with people smoking around me
Any tips on how to overcome and beat this is greatly appreciated
This addiction is actually helping me stop other addictions too!
its important to keep an online journal so you can always look inside and see how long you have quit, this gives you strength on a challenging day, it gives you a pat on the back and this will make you the ultimate winner!! Thanks God for this great community!!
My helpful thought that I have come up with in case I feel tempted today is: I prefer to breath instead of choking on phlegm.
I am going to use this as my response to any temptation today.
Think about your reasons for quitting as this leads to motivation then be determined. My doctor told me motivation is all that is needed to quit, i agree if the reason is big enough (throat cancer ect..) yes for sure that would motivate just about everyone. My reason was imagining i was on my death bed at a young age knowing it was my fault i have shortened my life and now its over. This was a st...
Hello everyone :)
Quitting with the smoking addiction was the start of a new chapter in my life, which lead me to a much better path. This has inspired me to help others achieve this, because I want everyone to able to live a heathy lifestyle.
Im already helping two test clients with success on the journey to stop smoking completely. As I want to perfect my method and gain more experience, ...
today i received my package from the government to help my journey on quitting smoking. the package has humbled me, because i only got books on how to stop smoking and some silly little magnets.
i didn't even get a vape or anything, scomo continues to disappoint me.
I have found meditation helps heaps....
(12) Today was easy!
Listen to what I am saying: “Going the entire day without smoking was easier than anything else I did today.” Now consider this . . . I am a 73 year-old man who smoked anywhere from a pack to three packs of cigarettes a day for 53 years of his life. I also happen to have celebrated 8 years of being nicotine free on July 12, 2020. If anyone had told me on July 11, 2012 that I...
"I'm gonna smoke just one cigarette to beat the cravings and no more". If you do this, you're gonna want another cigarette 10 minutes after the first one. Don't do it, it's ridiculous and pointless.
EDIT: I didn't do it, this was my coping mechanism
When I wanted to stop my 60 full strength a day habit I thought about what might happen if I was marooned on an island, my thoughts would be food and water .
I don't believe that under these circumstances the need for a cigarette would come into anyone's mind.
So I considered that I had put myself on an island and a cigarette was not an option, here I am 22 years later, never since have I had o...
Today, like every day, is a great day to be free of smoking. So for anyone needing a little extra motivation on this fine day maybe this tip helps. That reason you decided to quit. Take a picture, draw a picture, take a mental picture, or carry something that makes you think of that reason. Whenever you get a craving or feeling overwhelmed by quitting look at that visual reminder of why you quit....
Urge is so stry
Can anyone tell me the benefits of eating carrots when quitting smoking please
I need help
I've been surrounded by smokers all my life and am now 100% smoke-free. Recently I've actually been collecting stories from people who quit and have got some fantastic quitting ideas, and I hope it can inspire others. Some of the stories I've read include quitting for the sake of your new child, quitting to be accountable to your partner, quitting after trying a particularly nasty cigarette and m...
Each time you smoke, you are:-
1. Literally burning a part of your hard earned money
2. Feeding dangerous chemicals to your body
3. Going away from lofe with each puff
4. increasing the risk of unhealthy death
i believe none of the above is warranted in a sane person's life
I was diagnosed of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in 2012 at the age of 63. I had been a heavy smoker, my symptoms started out with dry cough and shortness of breath, i ended up in the hospital, on a ventilator. I should have known it was coming, but like most smokers, thought it would never happen to me. My COPD got significantly worse and unbearable because of my difficulty catchi...
I quit 2 days ago with a patch. This isn’t the first time I have quit. My problem is staying quit. My past quits have been cold turkey, gum or patches. I know with me it is totally more of a mental addiction. I’ve joined this forum for support from other quitters and maybe helpful tips you can give and to give support to future quitters.
If you are struggling with the withdrawal of nicotine or even the old practice and routine and habit of smoking. Here are some of the sayings of EX- smokers that we all can use in our thoughts whenever a thought of temptation enters our minds.
I dont smoke.
Not one puff ever. (N.O.P.E)
I am boss (Not you nico-Demon- Or monster)
I am strong.
One day at a time.
Tomorrow will be be...
Please don't give up you can do it. First thing to do is tell everybody that you are no longer a filthy smoker. They will get on your back if they see you smoking. Then set a date that you want to reach smoke free. Be proud of each week you are clean tell your friends. Then open a savings account and put the money you spend each week into it. This is your reward you will love it.Watching ...
Should I throw out 3/4 pack of cigarettes or keep them nearby??? Anyone have any ideas.
It is many years since I have had a cigarette and I don't want to sound discouraging but I still have moments of temptation.
I must stress however that these moments are rare and fleeting these days. I have collected a number of strategies to deal with temptation and some of these have become so often used that they are now ingrained as automatic responses. Here are a couple of ideas that work...
I decided to write this because this wonderful concept, one-day-at-a-time, which has helped myself and so many others deal with drinking, smoking, over-eating, and so many simply unpleasant situations, is widely misunderstood.
To many it is no more than mental trickery, a dynamic. We are kidding ourselves, really, aren't we? After all, we may say one-day-at-a-time but we really know it means f...
I don't know what I am doing differently but I am still smoke free. I get up for a couple of hours most nights. I prayed about it every day. I was so determined not to smoke over sleep deprivation. I was putting myself to bed early each night. Then I would wake up in the middle of the night. I figured if I took up smoking because of lack of sleep I would never be able to stop. Lately I have slept...
Had been smoking for 50 years apart from a couple of short breaks...Anyone with a similar habit knows how hard it is to quit, besides which I have always considered it as one of the few things I do well.Smoking consists of basically two things - The Addiction to nicotine and the Habit....Sticking it in your mouth, lighting it, smoking it and sharing with your friends..Now the addiction is the eas...
While I am a person who strives to understand, I am also an emotional creature by nature. I always let my emotions guide me whenever I am unsure of the best thing to do. When a strong crave hits while I'm angry...BAM ...relapse. Honestly that is the reason I ALWAYS fall off the wagon. I let my emotions rule me. It can be a good thing, but in the case of quitting smoking, it is detrimental to my g...
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I love this one because of the whole internal battle crap. This brings me some perspective & helps calm my frantic mind. "This is only a blip on my timeline & it isn't even close to any of the other battles I have overcome. Keep it moving forward & don't look back, you don't live there anymore." This is one of the things I am trying for self talk.
It isn't as late tonight as...
Good evening (late afternoon for some) folks. I have spent some tie on the site reading the new stories since my last visit. One story scared me, but most inspired me. I got to thinking about a comment by Happiness when I mentioned my notebook full of motivational quotes. She suggested I post them in a story & I said I would. I haven't gotten to that post yet. I just came up with an idea tonight ...
In my quit smoking survival kit i have:
1. Kava capsules or powder for quitting smoking side effects like irritability. They have helped alot at keeping me calm.
2. Fidget toy sutch as a stress ball or fidget spinner.
3. Symbolic friendly reminders, i have a coin to symbolize the mony i am saving and a feather to remind me of my freedom of addiction.
4. Cuticle Oil and a good lip balm. Just ...
I am the type of person that loves music. I listen to it whenever I get the chance. To/from/at work, cleaning, gardening, going on a walk by myself. Every song on my ipod has spoke to me in some way. So awhile back I decided to create a playlist of songs that motivate me to quit (it's a work in progress). I can tell you why each song made the playlist. Sometimes it was only one line in the song t...
I do not have a hint or tip, I need them. And I am not sure I am posting this correctly so, apologies if I am not.
I have 7 cigarettes left. I was going to quit on my birthday (this coming Friday) but I figure I mght as well do it today. I really hate smoking. I hate everything about it. I have analyzed the crap out of my smoking addiction & of these 3 things I am certain:
1--If I have cigar...
Hi everyone. I'm going on a week's holiday with the money now saved. I'm in a quandary as I'll reach my 100 days while away. I gave up using combination nrt the patches are long gone but I still have the occasional gum. I was planning to give up the gum while away-on holidays, relaxing, no need for nrt etc but reading posts I'm not sure if this is a good idea. Softly and andies both caved on holi...
I started smoking since I was 12-year-old and had attempted quitting more than 30 times.
It was the most challenging and arduous task I have ever undertaken.
Quitting was difficult because I believed that I had given up a real 'pleasure' or 'enjoyment.'
I deprived myself of a thing that I thought would give me 'happiness' it was no wonder why I envied smokers.
But as soon as I unde...
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<em><u>I would have to say that one of the things that has helped me to quit for the 9 days that I have are the 2 stress balls that I bought to occupy my hands. One is a stegosaurus dinosaur and when I squeeze it, green bubbles ooze out the sides. I have another one that is pink, and it has tiny gel like be...
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
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