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Nat89
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My heath and kids

Posted in Reasons to quit 29 Apr 2020
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I’ve recently found out my blood pressure is beyond high, and that smoking is not helping this situation.

I am only 30 years old with 2 little children. Heart attacks and strokes run in my family. So I’m wanting to cut down to quit while using patches and gum to help take the edge off. I suffer severe anxiety and clinical depression, which has been my excuse in the past of why not to quit. But it’s time. My kids need me around and I want to be a Nanna one day.

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  • Robn April 29, 2020 | 13:21
    Hi Nat, great decision....for all the reasons you stated above and so many more. Your smoking does not help your depression and anxiety...it actually makes it worse. Stay close to this forum and post often.....you can do this...the only thing you need to remember is that you are choosing to quit. So change your thinking about smoking....make it something you really hate not something you can’t have. This mindset will see you achieve your goal and be happy along the way.
    Stay strong and focused on all the reasons you are starting your quit journey.
  • Robn April 29, 2020 | 13:22
    Hi Nat, great decision....for all the reasons you stated above and so many more. Your smoking does not help your depression and anxiety...it actually makes it worse. Stay close to this forum and post often.....you can do this...the only thing you need to remember is that you are choosing to quit. So change your thinking about smoking....make it something you really hate not something you can’t have. This mindset will see you achieve your goal and be happy along the way.
    Stay strong and focused on all the reasons you are starting your quit journey.
  • Nat89, Hunter New England April 29, 2020 | 14:03
    Thank you so much Robn. I’ve started my “cut down to quit” method this time, as my prior quitting attempts were cold turkey and unsuccessful.
  • Happiness April 30, 2020 | 2:02
    Cutting down is not always good either, as you will come to count the minutes and even seconds until you can have that all important smoke. The desire to have one will consume you. Cut down naturally by putting them where you have to go out of your way to retrieve, ask yourself if you need it, or when you do have it take the time to note how you enjoy the first couple of puffs until you get the fix and then the enjoyment lessens. Do nothing else. Smoking is boring. Smoking is a waste of time.Smoking is costly and devastating. It doesn't even taste good.( Can you taste the poisons?) Enjoy your time with your "friend" and look forward to the day you have a parting of ways.
  • Red-67 April 30, 2020 | 7:43
    Hi, Nat, and welcome :)
    I too cut down over a short time to quit. Mostly because, when I decided to quit, I had just bought 3 packs. I promised myself to never buy another pack. It only took 2, and I kept the 3rd pack for a year. I do not believe in throwing everything away. I made the choice to not want them, and it worked for me. When you go to have one, just force yourself to stop for a sec, and really just LOOK at that little tube of tobacco that you let run your life. We always just light up, without a thought. Let yourself see, that you are just a slave to a cigarette.. Admit to yourself that you are an addict, and, for me, the big thing was realizing that,, SMOKING MAKES YOU STUPID ,, Adopting this thought process, made my quit fairly easy, after 45+ years a smoker. Maybe it can help you too.. You CAN do this, and you will be happy you did :)

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