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Ng
Nepean Blue Mountains
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19/04/2021
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Trying

Posted in Getting started 14 Oct 2021
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I want to quit smoking but the more I try the more I smoke. I have been smoking for years and every night I say tomorrow is the day the next day comes and I dont feel like one or crave one but my mind tells me to have just one then im back to square one I find I smoke out of boredom and I do alot to keep myself occupied but I always find time to smoke. It also feels like a reward after doing tasks and a relaxing time its weird I know but its really frustrating that I can't get my mind to stop thinking about it even when I'm not having cravings. Any tips would be great

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  • NOPE-2021 October 17, 2021 | 0:40
    Hi Ng and welcome to this community. You have come to the right site. All of us have been where you are now. Read from this site daily. Get some inspiration from new non-smokers and "seasoned" non-smokers.

    Some have trouble quitting some do not. I was not one of the lucky ones. I kept trying to quit for 3 weeks. Like you, I said tomorrow will be the day. Some days I was good and had no smokes at all. This went on for 3 weeks until I was so fed up with myself, I set a "REAL" quit date.

    I quit on a Monday morning so that I already had hours behind me. Every time I got a craving, I waited for an hour to go by. I figured I needed to go 1 hour at a time until it was bedtime. Once I got a full day under my belt, I knew I had to keep it going,... and I did.

    One hour "trying" moved into one day "trying". Days have gone by and there is no more "trying". I just do it!! I don't even really think of it. When a craving does come, I think that it's only a thought and the thought will go away. The urge only lasts a short time.

    You need to breath deep, drink water and keep busy. Whatever you need to do to not light up. Every one is different. You took the first step by reaching out to this wonderful support group. We are here for each other. You are no different than any of us. Meaning, if we can do it, so can you!!!

    Set that date and never look back. Your new QuitFam is behind you all the way. Best,...
  • Jessfreeof, Northern NSW October 16, 2021 | 21:21
    Never ever give up on quitting and it will happen. Maybe set a quit date that is say 3 months away and than write out a few things that you think could make it easier for you to quit and Action them so that by the time your quit date arrives you will be ready to go. Well wishes stick with us and keep us all posted on your journey 😊
  • Happiness October 16, 2021 | 0:28
    READ AND LEARN how to Want To quit and BELIEVE you can. We did .
    Change how you think. and learn WHY you smoke'
  • Robn October 15, 2021 | 16:12
    Hi ang, yes I think we all thought of smoking as a reward at the end of a task etc. so replace it with a new reward,......
    It really is a matter of retraining your brain......all our smoking rituals have become so ingrained in our everyday life. We need to create new rituals, healthy ones.
    You can do it, stay focused
  • Aniruddha October 15, 2021 | 4:21
    I was the same. Just keep trying. Set small goals. Take up a new activity.

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