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The end of my 'Day One' as a non-smoker is just coming to a close.
I'm a British lady - purposefully joining an Australian forum because I have terrible trouble sleeping and the nights pose the greatest temptation for smoking.
I have been unwell for the last two and half years with Red Skin Syndrome. The pain so was acute that I was only sleeping for a few hours every third day. I depended on cigarettes for the modicum of pain relief they brought but also distraction and 'company' during long and miserable nights.
I am recovering well now but have three stone of steroid weight to lose and a 25-30 a day smoking habit to get rid of.
I find the daytime okay because I can be busy and exercise takes my mind off the cravings. With this in mind, I bought myself a rowing machine last week which has taken pride of place in the middle of my sitting room. My plan is that I can leap on it and row if the urge to smoke is getting too strong during the evenings or night time.
I bought myself Chamomile tea because I've learnt from previous quit attempts that the taste of coffee acts as a trigger for wanting a cigarette.
I always find 'Day One' extremely hard because it's too easy to back out of my own commitment with the reasoning "I'm not quite ready for this today." I have lots of false starts, when I quit for eight hours and then cave in - promising myself that it's something I'll do next week. Today has been successful - nicotine patch on first thing this morning and I've kept busy. I felt twitchy this evening and took time out to lie down for half an hour and listened to a relaxation meditation I found on YouTube - it really helped.
I joined this forum yesterday and read several of your inspiring stories. I can only dream about how it will feel to have stopped smoking for a year or more. You inspire me and I hope checking in here will keep me going. I have a thirteen year old son who I want to have an active life with and see grow up...and see my grandchildren. I'm acutely aware of what cigarettes do to our health and I've lived with a constant fear and anxiety at the back of my mind for a long time. I hope this is my final, successful and permanent quit. I'm going to give it everything I've got. x
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