I wanted to share my story, maybe it will be helpful for somebody out there. I haven't been on the platform for more than 1.5 years. It has been quite a ride. I was the worst nicotine addict possible, 35 years, chain smoking the past 15 years.
The first 6 months were so hard for me and yet very easy, because it never ever crossed my mind to start smoking again. My mindset really helped, because I just knew I was done.
My withdrawal symptoms were awful: After 40 days I developed a really bad depression, the first 3 months just about every situation reminded me about smoking (chains smoker!). My brain didn't work properly, I couldn't concentrate, I couldn't think, and I was nervous all the time. Thankfully I was also very tired all the time, so a basically slept through evening withdrawal symptoms :-)
After 3 months I noticed first improvements. Still fidgety, but I wasn't checking into my quit smoking apps anymore on a daily base. Smoking nevertheless still was very much on my mind, there was not one day when I thought of "oh, in this situation I would have smoked" didn't come up.
Once I got past the 6-7 months nonsmoking became my new default.
It's been 20 months now. Sometimes the thought still crosses my mind that a cig would be rather nice. It's just a random thought and it passes fast. I still really like the smell of tobacco, but I'm not tempted anymore.
If you experience hard times: hang in there! Yes it is tough in the beginning. But you can do it!
All the best to you fellow quitters. Just says NOPE.
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