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DAY 26 mega struggle   Quit Support

Started Mar-13 by Craftyhels; 1077 views.
Craftyhels

From: Craftyhels

Mar-13

Yep get that hun. I really can't give in now. How blinkin crazy would that be. I'm a rational and intelligent woman. I will not be beaten, I will not! NOPE NOPE NOPE xx I won't read any posts about giving in either hun. You're right, it might just give me that excuse I'm looking for to have one xx thanks hunni xx you're doing brilliantly too, so proud and impressed hun xx

DebraAnne60

From: DebraAnne60

Mar-13

If you have any NRT's use them, if not, find some cold water and splash yourself with it - better yet, jump into a cold shower and wake up your body....that's a bit extreme but hey, it that's what it takes to get rid of that Tsunami Crave, than do it.  JUST DON'T SMOKE!!!

FIND SOME JOKES TO LAUGH AT:

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CindiS319

From: CindiS319

Mar-13

Watch some videos on the effects of smoking or Big Tobacco on YouTube and get p*$$ed.  I remember watching tons of videos and reading bunches of articles.  Have you checked out whyquit.com?  There's a bunch of interesting things to read on there too.  It will all just enforce your commitment you made on Day 1 and the fact that you don't want to go back there.  You aren't going to feel any better if you give in.  Hang in there my friend!

ModAndrea

From: ModAndrea

Mar-13

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You can also break into ModJenn's Quit Toolbox. blush

Quit Toolbox

  • Drink ice water through a straw. Repeat. Drink ice water through a straw. Repeat...
  • Knowledge is power. Read everything you can get your hands on about this addiction. The more you understand about your own addiction to nicotine, the better equipped you become to get through the cessation process.
  • Post on the Forum until your fingers are sore. Post, post, post. 
  • Closely related: Go to the NOPE pledge daily and hold yourself accountable.
  • When you come across posts that inspire and/or strengthen you ~ copy and paste them into a Word document. In this way, you can reread them when you feel wibbly wobbly and are climbing the walls.
  • Distract, distract, distract. (Shhhh.....I would do jumping jacks and by the time I got to about 10-12 I was distracted -- that's for sure. Try puzzles, reading a book, anything that shifts the focus of your thoughts.) More generally, stop whatever you are doing, move, and do something else. The craving will pass.
  • Remind yourself this is a journey and the more time you put between now and that last cigarette, the stronger your quit muscles become and the more you have in your quit toolbox. Take it one minute and hour at at time, if necessary, and the days will keep adding up.
  • Every day you go to bed smoke-free is a good day. Be kind to yourself along the way.
  • What you are experiencing is normal - "this too shall pass".
  • Take a shower. Brush your teeth. Put on lotion.
  • Read your quit reasons.
  • Create a list of all the benefits you are experiencing now that you no longer smoke. Practice gratitude at least once a day for these benefits and life changes.
  • Cinnamon flavored sugar-free gum (even cinnamon sticks).
  • Chai tea (I had to avoid coffee for a while but can drink it now without a problem).
  • Eat healthy snacks, such as carrots or frozen grapes (Some honesty here: I didn't always do so well with this one due to this pesky sweet tooth I developed once I could taste my food again. The good news is that as my quit felt more secure my eating wasn't as erratic.)
  • Protect your quit at all costs by avoiding situations that are high-risk for you, especially in the early part of the quit (e.g., other smokers, alcohol, etc.).
  • Make a plan for handling cravings when around temptation. Do not enter potentially difficult situations without a plan.
  • Remind yourself that it's going to be okay - time is your friend as you relearn every aspect of daily life.
  • Keep a journal to record your journey and it's easier to see how far you have come (It gave me perspective at times when I needed to remember that I may not be where I want to be but I'm most certainly not where I used to be.).
  • Reward yourself for the small accomplishments and the larger milestones (this doesn't' have to involve spending money).
  • Exercise - go for walks, join a gym, just keep moving.
  • Accept and tell yourself (that self-talk we have to turn from negative to positive) that the craving is actually a sign of healing and they will occur less frequently and with less intensity as the smoke-free days add up.
  • Deep breathing -- take 4-5 deep breaths -- fill up your diaphragm and and make your tummy stick out.
  • As ModLisa says: "When in doubt go to sleep". 
  • As ModMic says: "SOME DAYS, IT IS ENOUGH THAT YOU JUST DON'T SMOKE. Some days are crappy from beginning to end, and you can kick, scream, cry, punch something, bite someone's head off...if you did not smoke, you win and a little more healing happened".
  • Visualize a craving like a wave washing over you. The tide does leave. 
  • Tell yourself four things: (1) Smoking is no longer an option regardless of what life throws your way; (2) I am worthy of freedom from this addiction; (3) I can. I will. End of story; and (4) I am stronger than this challenge and this challenge is making me stronger.

You got this, Craftyhels!

Hugs,

Andrea

Craftyhels

From: Craftyhels

Mar-13

Pmsl. That made me belly laugh hun, thank you xx

Craftyhels

From: Craftyhels

Mar-13

Thanks Cindi. Great Advice. I haven't looked at any of that yet xx

Craftyhels

From: Craftyhels

Mar-13

That's great Andrea, thank you so much h7n xx

Hels xx

Hapjap

From: Hapjap

Mar-13

Now that’s funny!!!!! Sometimes we just need a good laugh

Hapjap

From: Hapjap

Mar-13

Keep hanging in there. We are making the most out of a crappy time., just laughing and holding hands

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