Hi, I'm new to the forum and thought I'd let you know of my stopping smoking experience so far. I've smoked 20 a day for almost 20 years and after having a really bad chest infection decided enough was enough and I had to stop. I am using patches to help with my craving. I found days 1 and 2 quite hard, but day 3 was alot easier. I am now on day 4 and starting to feel pretty good about myself. I feel if I have done this long without smoking I can crack it.
The things I am doing to encourage myself to stay stopped are:
I have stuck a calendar on my fridge and I am crossing of the days I haven't smoked every night before I go to bed. I am saving my money in a jar so I can have a treat in the future and I am washing everything in sight to get rid of the smell of smoke from my house. Generally I am just keeping busy.
I have found reading other people's stories on this forum has helped as I know I am not alone in trying to stop.