Hi there, I'm so proud of myself ...eventually I quit and it's been nearly 3 months. I suppose each person experiences there own way but this was mine and I hope it may help someone out there.
1) I didn't set a quit date -it was the spur of the moment thing while lying in bed one evening and decided I wouldn't smoke the next day. I think that saved me from days of preparation stress -waiting for the right time or place.
2) I didn't substitute smoking with anything else nicotene related. I figured if I had to get over chemical withdrawals I'd like to get over it as fast as I could without delaying the withdrawal by using something else containing nicotene.
3) I didn't replace smoking with vaping -for the same reason as the above -what's the point of giving up one habit just to become dependant on another (then needing to get over the withdrawal of another habit too)
I printed a page with the benefits of stopping smoking and dated it so that I could tick off my physical progess daily (which seemed really impressive over even the short term). Another thing I did was carry fresh mint sweets that I popped into my mouth when I started feeling a craving. Somehow -having a clean tasting mouth is like brushing your teeth and not wanting to eat straight after.
I was trying hard to convince myself that I just needed to reach x number of days (comparing myself to other's experiences). It's not the same -for me I had to get passed 3 weeks and then smoking became something I didn't want any more. I am adamant now that I don't want to go through the moodiess and craving again -haha -I was a grouch so will NOT pick up a smoke even once -it's not worth having to go through it all again.
My Advice- Do it once! and don't take the risk of having to do it again.
One thing I would've been smarter with is be carefull how much and what you eat while going thruogh withdrawals. Keep something healthy handy -yes I picked up afew but that's something I'll tackel next.
I wish everyone well and will post again to let you know how it's going -I'm sure as with any habit one needs to continously remind yourself of the achievement.
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