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Day One

Posted in Getting started 10 Jan 2019

Day 1 of attempting not smoking. My chest is so bad, I can hardly breathe. Coughing continuously. I think it's too late but I need to stop. I've had 1 cigarette with coffee today. This will be so hard. I'm very anxious, but I know I can do this.

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  • Happiness January 10, 2019 | 12:48
    Sorry to hear of your difficulties Nathalies29. I hope that you have been here in the shadows, reading and learning through other peoples experiences and especially about the mindset that can make a quit so very much easier.

    Although, you desperately see the need to quit, i will be blunt and honest here, that does not mean you WANT to quit. Please read posts here and everything you can about nicotine addiction. In doing so, you will learn how it took over your dopamine, pleasure spot in your brain, caused the addiction , and made you its slave. You need to hate the cigarette, not sit down to it with a cup of coffee.
    You will learn how nicotine, or smoking, does nothing for you. In fact it is the cause of your stress and problems.
    The thought of never having another cigarette is frightening to most people, but once understanding nicotine and YOU, the fear subsides and the quit is not only possible, but can be achieved by some in the right Mindset with no cravings beyond the first 72 hours.
    Rest assured that nicotine cravings and the psychological cravings following are but mere thoughts of wanting a smoke. We have been brain washed into thinking that breaking this addiction is painful. It is not, for the majority.

    The longest part of the journey is adjusting to life as a non=smoker. Please do not just jump into this quit cold turkey with no plan . Willpower alone will not cut it.

    A couple days of reading, learning, and practicing the 4 D's ( While you smoke ) will be more beneficial than setting yourself up for failure and discouragement. During this time, do not smoke with coffee or in your usual comfy chair, but make it uncomfortable, and think about every drag. Taste the poison, feel your heart race, feel how it sears your lungs, look at the nic stains on your fingers. Think about how it has made you look older than your years, about how you smell, how it rules your life in so many ways.

    Fear paralyzes us into doing nothing or giving up. Learn and accept your journey as a non-smoker and all the benefits that come with it. Realize that you are not giving up anything, but regaining your life and freedom. Mindset can make this journey easier than you ever imagined.
  • LeeM, South Western Sydney January 10, 2019 | 18:01
    Just decided to quit the dreadful addiction to cigarettes I been smoking so long now sometimes I don't even enjoy it other times I need it mornings are the worst a smoke is the first thing I have in the morning have tried a few times to give up but failed wish me luck this time
  • Happiness January 11, 2019 | 9:27
    I wish you luck LeeM, but you need to read and learn and use all the tools you can gather. Please start your own page with a story, perhaps how you choose to quit, or with a question that you will get an e-mail if on your page.

    Mindset is most important. If you truly want to quit smoking then the first step other than setting a quit date, is to think positive. Glad you commented, and so happy to see so many more people joining, believing they to can become non-smokers. Do the homework, the rest of your life is at stake. You can do this!
  • Nuts January 12, 2019 | 12:21
    Hi Nathalie. Good on you for your decision to quit. It is hard. Are you going cold turkey? I find that patches help with the cravings, and a good dose of determination. Make a plan and try to stick to it. Its early days for me too, so i am no expert, but i understand what you are going through. Good luck
  • Happiness January 21, 2019 | 1:35
    Hello Nathalies. I hope you are reading and learning. You can do this, step by step, one day at a time.
    That goes for you too Lee. Anyone can quit smoking . Even if you are not sure you want to quit, maybe you will read enough to actually begin to feel that you want to, then to believe that you want to, and that yes, even you can do it. Perhaps, reading my post "If you've Given Up Given Up" which gives easy to follow advice and steps while you smoke.

    All the best, the only things we quit here are the smokes!

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