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1461 days! Crazy to think that four years ago I was wondering how on earth to get through the next few minutes, let alone the whole day, without smoking. What an emotional roller coaster ride those first few days and weeks were, but I found a stubborn streak I never knew I had. Now the whole concept of smoking seems completely foreign, and any desire for a cigarette, even in very trying times, has long gone.
What worked for me:
I promised myself never to give in during an actual craving, with the idea that if I still wanted to cave after the craving passed I would. Just bought time and distance from the thought I guess.
Keeping my hands occupied. I found using a stylus with the iPad really helpful, kept my "smoking hand" very busy.
Chewing gum and hard lollies were great, especially telling myself they were rewards, for example driving to work I'd "let" myself have a chewie, still do that now actually.
Self compassion: it's ok to gain a bit of weight, it's ok to feel irritable, sad, deprived in some way, it's all part of the journey and accepting that seems to lessen power of the emotions.
NRT! Lozenges really worked for me, far, far exceeded the recommended time to use them (although in very small doses), until one day I just thought enough, and stopped without any problem at all. Stopping smoking was always the most important thing, anything else secondary.
And of course this site! Still visit frequently to read everyone's stories, and wish you all the best on your journeys.
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