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November 2019 Ex-Smokers    Quit Buddies Unite

Started 1/28/19 by Terry (abquitsmking); 41962 views.
In reply toRe: msg 360

From: Newthomas


Hey group. Insomnia is more occasional than constant now. Generally I'm doing better, but is anyone else finding the stress of Corona virus making them want to smoke. Makes no sense since smoking gives respiratory conditions that makes getting the virus more serious. But nonetheless I'm getting urges. 

Instead, Be proud to be an exsmoker because Smokers have a higher probability of contracting the virus and ending up with a deadly case of it. In China the highest smokers are men and had the highest chances of getting seriously sick and ending up in hospital. 

So, stay six feet away from others if you have to go out. Plus if sick stay at home and self isolate for 14 days. 

The stress of this wicked virus is causing heightened anxiety and smokers always are in a hyper state but let those past memories fade away. This is all new to everyone but hang in there and be proud to be a successful quitter. 

"Quitting isn't for Sissies!" I quit poisoning myself Sept. 27, 2013


From: cherbearquit


I am a month behind you but yes, I have had those same thoughts. But I realize that being a non-smoker gives us a greater chance of survival from the virus as our immune system will be stronger! Caving would not change anything and would only make you feel worse than the anxiety you are experiencing. Please stay strong as you are doing great!


From: Eve1973



I’m not even close to the amount of time you have put between the last time you smoked! But I know that having a cigarette WILL NOT CHANGE ANYTHING! It will not STOP THE VIRUS. 
Relax and don’t panic, just self isolate if you can, practice social distancing if out, and try to turn the news off at least 2 hours before going to bed. Watch or do something that you know will relax you. 
Whatever you do Don’t Smoke! Stay safe and Congrats on 4 months Quit!


From: Loreficent


Wow...I’m just reading this. That is so wonderful! I’m happy for you! Just let it go, eh? Like a bad date... good going!


From: MDunn1088


Easier said than done as I'm sure you know! The stress for folks is at an all time high right now for obvious reasons but I have tell everyone...don't go back to it. It can actually increase your chances of the virus being far worse if you, God forbid, do get it. Everyone be safe and sanitary out there and still just say NOPE.


From: Loreficent


Mmmm. I’m distracting and reading around here and saw this. I think it is natural for all of us to feel that thought tugging with the increased stress of COVID19. Yup. It is a thought. I see it and shrug and get on with life knowing a fragment of risk goes down if I do get it with each day of not smoking between. 


From: Loreficent


Yes, I think for us newer quit folks it can be tempting to let the addict voice talk is into it to “soothe the stress”. Not so. All it would do for me is make me worry more and be really mad at myself, this increasing stress! Who wants to restart that awful cycle? Ugh. Better to ride a wave for a few minutes and heal a scosch more.

Ive said it a couple of times here already, but some of the media’s alarmist approach is just that...alarmist. Stress raises Cortisol levels which when high have a direct correlation with with decreased immune response. 
I mean what it comes down to regard how much “information” one has, there are just a few things in our control that we can do. Wash hands, stay home when I’ll and away from others that are ill, cover coughs, etc. The rest is out of our hands. But in our hands is how much we let it stress us out. Oh, and Not smoking is in our hands too!!

Im like you...I feel my body and mind wanting it some but I don’t MISS it.


From: SusanK1960



A BIG Shout out to you for not smoking for 5 months!  Go T!


From: Tjs1599


Thank you....I made it.  And yes it is getting much easier.  Dont think much about smoking anymore.  I did go thru a stressful time a couple weeks ago when I was sent home to work.  I will admit there was a few moments that I had the thought "just one".  I resisted and so proud I did.  I DO NOT ever want to go thru this again.  YAHOO....5 months.  One day at a time.....NOPE