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Quitting is mind over matter. We all have the power

Posted in Quit experiences 24 Apr 2022

I am approaching 4 wonderful years of being completely quit from the disgusting nicotine habit. My story began 4 years ago this coming June. June 22nd 2018 to be exact. I had a simple foot injury which was later diagnosed as CRPS and has turned out to be a life long permanent very painful disability. previously doctors thought it was related to smoking i.e Vascular disease in my foot but it wasn’t (although smoking does cause serious illnesses, disabilities) and of course..DEATH) I thought I was going to lose my foot at the time. I knew I needed to stop smoking…how was I going to quit my security blanket, my crutch, my best friend for nearly 40 years? I tried patches, chewing gum, even some attempts at cold turkey, and anything else I could think of. Sadly these remedies were short lived and gave me only a few days at most of non smoking. I got to the point of total annoyance and the day came where I had only 5 cigs left and I made the decision then that I was never going to buy a packet of smokes again. I knew it was a battle of the wills, I changed my mind set to hate these things and at that point really saw them as my enemy. I chain smoked three with deep inhales while holding each puff deeply for as long as I could, they started to taste terrible and the smell was nauseating. With the last two smoke very shortly after the 3, I made a very conscious effort to see them for what they really were. I smelt them intensely, both lit and unlit, when I took a puff, I took very big puffs and held the smoke in my mouth for a very long period to really soak up the disgusting taste on my tongue, in my cheeks and on the roof of my mouth..then inhaled ever so deeply and holding onto each inhaled smoke, closed my eyes and took mental notes of just how disgusting this really was. I repeated this until the cigarettes were all finished. This method worked for me, it changed my mindset. Every time I thought of a cigarette, I would instantly smell and taste the obnoxious nauseating chemicals, I would feel the burning smoke penetrate my cheeks, yet there was no smoke in my hand. If I even think of a cigarette today, or see someone smoking or smell it, those negative things come back into my head again. Mind power is a wonderful thing and we are all capable of making these changes.

Even my withdrawals were very short lived and thankfully quit mild..two weeks of random crying, dreams of smoking and some minor irritably. I would highly recommend anyone trying to give up to try this. It is amazing how our brains and thoughts can change just by being conscious and aware. Good luck to all in this wonderful community. I haven’t been posted a while, but will always stay connected.

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  • DAB57 April 24, 2022 | 17:24
    Amendment: over 50 years not nearly 40. Shame stopping smoking hasn’t improved my maths🤣🤣🤣😂
  • Happiness April 26, 2022 | 22:38
    Congratulations on your long term success Dab57. Yes, the right mindset is a wonderful tool and can even make quitting smoking easy.

    I took a couple of drags to taste the disqusting chemicals within a cigarette shortly after quitting. I dared not inhale for fear of becoming nicotine addicted again and respect the NOPE mantra. Just letting the taste build in my mouth was enough to stop any desire I might have should I be tempted. As most know, I did not have any cravings or withdrawal. When the desire to smoke is gone, we do not crave it any more than we desire a toothache. And once we are settled with our decision the memory fades.

    I hope others will seriously consider our success and that they are no different. All can quit smoking, the secret is to embrace the idea and go for it!
  • Cuba May 02, 2022 | 5:07
    Everyone has their different methods. Mine was simply that I felt very sick during my final setback/relapse which included bad headaches from the nicotine and a cough which made me nauseous and sick. When I put out the final cigarette I totally knew it was the final one ever and that I won’t ever go back. Now it’s possible to move forward feeling good. In the weeks following my final smoke I had no cravings really, just a couple of tiny ones that were barely there. That was why I had the relapse in the first place was that the cravings were intense and I felt I couldn’t get past them. But this time since I promised myself not to give in again and in the realisation that I have the power to do what I want in my life I was able to stop completely. And before long my feelings of good health and happiness returned to me.
  • DAB57 May 26, 2022 | 11:31
    Hey Happiness and Cuba. Yes we all have our own fits. And I think that is the key one persons' methods are not going to suit everyone else's. But we all have the same unified goal. That's what matters in the end. Keep on keeping on my friends in the nicotine free world. I have noticed how rare it is now to see people smoking on the streets, it is becoming more and more absent. Almost a thing of the past.

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