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Posted in Getting started 29 Aug 2021

Hey quitfam! Wanting to start my quit journey tomorrow, give up date of the 17th of September. Have tried to quit many times but have found it difficult to occupy myself in other ways.. really quite silly as I have children yet still don’t have the proper willpower to quit along with bad chest pains.

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  • Robn August 29, 2021 | 20:30
    Hi Cw1998, welcome and congrats on making a great decision to quit. Not sure why you have chest pains but would be worth getting it checked out by your doctor.
    Willpower to quit is really just being committed to your desire to stop the addiction of smoking. Perhaps write out your reasons for wanting to quit, you can then refer to your list when you feel you need to. Get a hobby that you can turn to when you need to fill time,, it could be crosswords or puzzles, anything that you can pick up easily to distract yourself. Wishing you well and know that you can do it if you really want to.
  • NOPE-2021 August 29, 2021 | 23:50
    Hello Cw1998 and welcome. Robn gave excellent recommendations, I cannot top her suggestions. I am on day 28 so I am very familiar what you are going through. All I can say is stay very close to this site. Read from it DAILY and use the search tool for specific concerns. There are seasoned non-smokers on this site that provide valuable information. I have learned a lot personally just from this site alone. Maybe try to cut down between now and your quit date (that's what I did). In any event, welcome and thank you for sharing. I hope to hear more about your journey in the near future. There is nothing special about all of us. If we can do it YOU can do it!!! Best,...
  • Happiness August 30, 2021 | 0:01
    Willpower is not needed when you WANT to do something. It is FEAR that holds you back. FEAR that occupies your mind when you even think of quitting smoking. FEAR of the unknown has us quit before we really start. Now think of that fear as our acronym FORGET EXCUSES/ACCEPT REALITY. Make up your mind and the body will follow. Think positive and BELIEVE that you can do this and you will! There is no hoping, or wishing or bargaining here, it is up to you and how you think of smoking will determine just how easy or hard it will be. So read, learn, breathe, drink water, text a friend, and find ways to fill those little voids. Treat yourself with the savings. You deserve it. We rewarded ourselves with a smoke before and after everything we did. It ruled!

    No willpower needed when you have made up your mind. No reason to continue smoking. Break the addiction cycle which is well worth any discomforts along the way. Look to the future. I will guarantee that it will be better and you would never choose to return to smoking.
  • softly40, Mid North Coast August 30, 2021 | 8:11
    Will power was not the answer for me either Cwl, but I have the power and the will to succeed is a better approach, when we mention Will power it can create a negativity within ourselves, and that is the last thing we need.

    We all need a positive thought and actions will then follow. You have so many reasons to quit so write them all down and choose a top one to start with. NOPE (not one puff ever) another great positive Mantra that really works.

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