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I'm new here, hoping to find a little extra support as I just finally quit for good and I am elated, determined but honestly also terrified!
Nothing to be afraid of. Definitely hang on to that elation and pride for choosing to quit this horrible addiction. Pat your self on the back and continue to smile for you have done yourself and everyone around you a great, great thing.
Thanks for the encouragement, it's going well so far, nearly a full day since I binned my smokes and I'm dealing with the cravings and the little bits of physical withdrawal so far, the distraction tactics I planned seem to be working and my dog is happy with the extra little walks!
Congratulations on making the decision to quit, the worst bit is over, distraction is good, so is read, an educated quit is a powerful quit aid, read anything you can get your hands on, starting with this site, head for homework for newbies, Terry's link at the start of the March thread. Good luck with your quit
Drink lots of water/fluids as well. Ice water really helps to quell those craves.
It's a bit rough the first few days but once you get past that, its all maintenance. Which is not to say that maintenance isn't work, it is - it's just not the same as the first few days.
Getting away from that horrible addiction will be one of your personal, proudest accomplishments. And really, when you think about it, its easy enough. Just DON'T SMOKE.
They are only cigarettes. Why should cigarettes have so much control over you. Little white sticks of addictive drugs corporations put out there, encouraging the public to smoke, glamorizing it, romancing it, all just to make them money. Think of all the money that would have been better spent if no-one ever smoked. Good gosh - that's an ocean of money.
That's your money you are wasting on killing your softly, slowly, and surely. Not to mention, passing it to your children, and they onto their children.
Talk about corporate control.
I worked out that my habit cost me over £2000 sterling and rising every year. I'm saving some of it up to rent a dog friendly holiday cottage when the pandemic simmers down as I haven't had a holiday in years and I'd love to get away for a break with my best friend Monty dog!
Nice one. All the best with your quit too
Thank you. My best distraction and one of my big motivations to stay quit is my wonderful little dog. I want to avoid getting too short of breath for the walks he loves and I read a Canadian study that found exercise was more effective than NRT in helping a group of women in early pregnancy to quit, so any time I start to struggle a bit I grab his lead and head out for a walk with the dog!