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"Watch and Learn"

Posted in Hints and tips 11 Oct 2016

Hello friends, as you all know or will eventually know the first weeks of quitting is difficult. I am 92 days now and can say that i am in a little comfort zone. What i have done when a huge urge hits especially when i am home is to go and gargle some mouthwash for 20 seconds. Then rinse out with luke warm water. "Yuk" the urge will disappear you won't feel like smoking. Also, sometimes i look closely to non smoking friends of mine and think how they go about their routines while i am in situations with them, how they act, talk and react to situations without naturally the thought of cigarettes on their mind. May sound weird, but believe me, if one is serious about quitting every avenue should be looked at. We all need to learn new behaviours for boredom or stress without the imp between our fingers. Hope this helps. Cheers.

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  • WendyOhNo October 11, 2016 | 14:17
    Yup! I too looked at my non-smoking friends as a guide. They live through every stress they have without a cigarette and so can I. When I first quit, the hardest stressor for me was talking on the phone. I exposed myself to it five minutes at a time until it became normal. Today, I was on the phone for over an hour and didn't once think about a cigarette. I didn't even want to be on the phone with the person whom I was talking to and I still didn't think about a cigarette :) (I'm just a few hours shy of 50 days cold turkey.) Thanks for the hints and reminders!
  • Steve01 October 12, 2016 | 1:20
    Good tip on the mouth wash idea Johnnie...might give that a go.Great work on the 92 days
  • Kaza1953 October 13, 2016 | 9:14
    I've just gone 3 weeks . , had my last cigarette on my 63rd birthday , , I'm not strong enough to go cold turkey , I do puff on a nicorette inhaler which takes the edge away and drink lots of water , , I think I will give he mouthwash a go yhouhgh , that seems like a great idea 😊😊❤️❤️Doing it hard today
  • Grace Kelly, South Eastern Sydney October 15, 2016 | 6:03
    Hi Johnnie. Congratulations on 92 days!! And thanks for the mouthwash tip! I'll keep that one up my sleeve! From my last quit, 25 years ago, I kept a very gross tip of keeping a container in which I had emptied ashtrays, and if an urge grew too strong, I'd pop the lid and take a deep breath- Yuk!
    I am only 13 days in but am now starting to get really grumpy.....partially thanks to hours on the phone with Telstra, and also cause Ive been crook all week with a chest infection.... dang!! I thought I was supposed to feel better almost straight away! ☺ Could almost stamp my foot! lol

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