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Cuba
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My process

Posted in Getting started 15 Oct 2021
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Hi all. I’m on my about 1000 th attempt to quit smoking for good. That’s a bit of an exaggeration but I have tried many many times and I haven’t nailed it yet. I have smoked for 35 years and this last attempt I did 3 weeks cold turkey then I caved in and smoked one. But I decided I would not relapse. It is just too much hard work going cold turkey then just giving in. I have had major heart surgery a couple of years ago so I really want to quit for that reason also the cost. Even though I did have one I’m proud of myself for the 3 weeks and really ready to learn from that one cigarette. How can I cope next time I get a strong craving? Sometimes it feels like nothing will help other than smoking a cigarette but it helps to have a short list of things to do as well as ways of replacing a smoking lifestyle, like exercise and meditation as well as writing down how you are feeling. Sometimes life can be overwhelming so also talking to someone you trust helps a lot too. I still have a road to travel on ahead of me with quitting but now I’m looking forward instead of dwelling on the negatives and getting stuck. I feel it will be really worth it.

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  • Aniruddha October 15, 2021 | 4:19
    Something that worked for me when I used to get cravings is to take a moment to think about how you are going to feel after you've smoked that one cigarette. Its not a good feeling and it has worked as a deterrent for me
  • Cuba October 15, 2021 | 14:18
    Yes I really learnt from that slip. Now I’m back on track and realised my slip up was about having a reward.
  • Cuba October 15, 2021 | 14:19
    Next time I’m going to make a nice cup of tea and sit in the garden , without a cigarette.
  • Robn October 15, 2021 | 16:08
    Hi Cuba.....you are doing great, 1 slip in three weeks is not the end of your quit. It is your wake up call. Just like alcoholics, we can’t have one puff ever...it leads back to the ball and chain of smoking again. Love your idea of having a shortlist of distractions to turn to when you feel the urge. Go for a walk, even if it is just around the garden, moving is a great distraction. Remember an urge is only a thought, it will be gone very quickly with distraction. Have a great on hand, I used have lollies in my bag all the time. Keep going...you can do this
  • Happiness October 16, 2021 | 0:33
    Never give up. Please travel with us and learn the mindset to escape and stay free😊
  • Chellie, Central Coast October 16, 2021 | 9:38
    You are doing great 👍 keep it up beat nicodemon (nicotine) it's the devil for sure keep beating the horrible addiction
  • Jessfreeof, Northern NSW October 16, 2021 | 21:06
    You sure sound like you're on right road keep coming and stick with us🙌😊
  • NOPE-2021 October 17, 2021 | 0:48
    Hello Cuba. Congratulations on 3 weeks. That is a huge milestone!! You have gone this far, keep it going!!! This community is the best. Read from this site daily. These posts are filled with education and inspiration. Keep up the good work Cuba,.... YOU GOT THIS!!!

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