Seriously though . . . I quit a number of years ago and I did it by identifying the times I most craved a cigarette. Like after a meal, or after sex, or first thing in the morning. And then I girded myself to be the most disciplined at those particular times. I absolutely refused to smoke then. As a result I didn't feel the craving as much at other times. It was pure hell. But by admitting to myself that that's exactly what it was, I could overcome it.
It's not as difficult as everyone thinks it is. I quit almost 6 weeks ago and have only had one major desire for a cigarette (just a couple days ago when I was majorly stressed & the desire passed when the stress did)
Keep this running Dale, you are gonna need all the support you can get! The first hours, days even maybe a month is carried on by willpower and common sense because it is in front of you to do battle with. Later the insidious little bastard creeps up on you unexpectedly and that is the hardest to deal with, when 'no' and 'why not' get finely balanced.
I wish you the absolute best of luck and willpower.
I gave up around 13 months, one week and 3 days ago, I still stumble a little, usually managing a few days before grabbing a quick puff of poison that now tastes disgusting and requires me to change my clothes, wash my face and brush my teeth before 'she' gets near me.
I am down from 40 per day for over 40 years to maybe 10 per week - and I am not going to stop quitting until I actually stop smoking. Do not underestimate how hard it is going to be, but don't get frightened by it - just grind it down.
If you can get by not smoking after you eat, during coffee breaks, and while you're drinking alcohol; it wont be so hard to stop. Tackle those hard things first, and after a week or two you wont have that serious urge to smoke. I never used patches or gum, but they might help you.
And sometimes when I was feeling like I was going to lose I just got even more mad at them. I took every snippet of advice. Some were good some were bad but the 'just stay in bed until the craziness passes' was good advice.
Go out and get some exercise was bad advice, at least it was for me. I think it had something to do with getting my heart rated up that made exercising a no no while going through withdrawals.
Anyways, if you feel like just running off at the mouth because you are feeling agitated, everyone will understand. I hope anyways.
Tough stuff, Dale. But totally with you on quitting. I watched a couple of family members get through the quitting phase, and I have a son-in-law who is trying to quit. You've got MUCHO support. Sending all the good stuff your way.
Thinking of you Dale. It's tough quitting the dreaded weed but you will feel better and will have loads more money! I quit 3 years ago, after being a committed smoker for all of my adult life. I loved smoking but I loved the way I felt after a few months of not smoking, even more. Put the money you would have spent in a jar and treat yourself to something nice each week. It's really hard quitting and you deserve a treat. In a few months time, you'll wonder why you ever started. You can do it!!!
Hang in there, man. You can do it. I kicked my tobacco habit of 17 years. Haven't looked back in the 13 years since. It's totally do-able. It sucks ass, but it's doable. Stick through it, it's TOTALLY worth it.
Wow, Dale. Grats on getting through the first day! I quit cold turkey myself 4 years ago when I found out I was pregnant. It was easy then because I had a good reason to quit. Good luck! You can do it!
So - how are you getting on Dale? In my experience, ,about now you should have started getting periods of highs and confidence interspersed with occasional black holes like a kind of depression. Whatever is happening with you hang in there - things change pretty quick
congrats, a harder milestone than a million page views!!!
If you haven't been grumpy yet then work on keeping up the wave of optimism as long as possible, the longer you have quit when any downer comes the stronger you can be. I would wish for you that it never comes but I have my doubts
The other thing I found the most help is to keep active, do more sporty type things than you did before even if it just getting out of the house for a walk a few times per day. Weight gain can be an issue, but I would worry about that when you are an established smoker who hasn't smoked for two months.
Give yourself a reason to concentrate or think of something else. Try shaving off one eyebrow. That should definitely take your mind off of it for a while. If that don't do it just force yourself into watching a marathon of Brady Bunch. Better not - that'll drive you to drink!
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