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This is my third quit attempt this year. It's been 52 hours since my last cigarette. I always fail at the 24 - 72 hours mark. I have quit once before for a year and a half. I want to quit permanently this time.
It's 11:20 pm now. I really don't want to leave the house tomorrow morning and buy a pack. The withdrawal is getting painful right now.
I just need to hold out till Friday after which I am going to my aunt's house. Once I get there, there'll be a change of scenery for 2 weeks. Please support me till Friday!! I am 29 years old and my 30th birthday is in September. I want to be an ex-smoker by then.
Hey there! You've got this! You can definitely make it until the scenery changes. Plan for tomorrow now. Take a different route to work, play some music you love. Get some snacks but do not go the store where you are used to buying cigarettes. If you look at the July quitters thread you'll find some info and other people quitting this month. There's a lot to read here, too. Drink ice water through a straw, go for a walk, watch funny videos on YouTube. Great advice I learned here was that if you are doing something, like watching TV and you really want to smoke, get up immediately and do something else. Anything. Just walk away from it and distract yourself with something else. It sounds lame, but it works. Know that you are strong and can do anything you set your mind to. This addiction is powerful, but you are much more determined now. You will do this, I just know it! Are you using nrt? Do you think it would help? Don't quit quitting! Post as much as you need.
Thank you, I've been smoke free for 80 hours and feeling proud. :)
That's Great! You should be proud! Keep up the good work!
You should be proud, 80 hours is great! My first 10 days were really hard, I felt like I was in a dense fog but it lifted. I'm on day 23 and feel much better now but like you I'm taking it one step at a time. Great job, keep saying NOPE!
I wanted to give you such kudos for your kind and encouraging words. I am a Registered Nurse and a baccalaureate student and I wanted to try to learn some about smoking habits and how to help my patients get through their day to day. The encouraging words that I have seen here are so helpful. Quitting smoking is hard, I quit myself about 12 years ago, of course living in a cold winter climate makes it that much less appealing to go outside to smoke. I want to soak up your thoughts and wisdoms along with needs for when you are going through this difficult process.
Thank you for letting join in!
Well, thanks! I'm not really a sciencey kinda gal, but I am on day 43 and feel like when I cheer for other people, I'm cheering for me. Quitting smoking is incredibly hard, as you may have read here. But I know with support and learning as much as we can about addiction, because truthfully, we are all addicts, we can beat this thing. We talk about junkie thinking, and isn't it amazing to learn about how our brain works?
You are very welcome! Congratulations on making it to day 43, that is not easy. I think you are right, when you are helping to cheer on others you are also cheering on yourself. Support is so important when you are making a big life change which is what quitting smoking is. It is a lifestyle change and a huge one. Keep doing what you are doing, you are an inspiration to so many others, I can tell!
Keep going Lyney! You are doing an amazing job!! Do you have any tips or tricks to help others get to the same point you are at ?