Reaching month 1 was a really great moment for me. I didn't think I was out of the woods but I thought the going would be a bit easier. Then to my suprise my thoughts seemed to be on smoking more and more.
I think that after 4/5 weeks, the 'novelty' of not smoking wears off. Friends and family mention less about it mainly I think because it is kind of old news. Let's face it, if your partner/child etc. had done well in an exam, would you spend the next 4/5 weeks congratulating them?
I'd even started to forget to put the money saved from cigarettes in my jar. Everyone was assuming everything was great, no one had any idea what was going on in my head.
My daughter had some homework from school, to design a cigarette packet (odd I know). I sat with her and gave her ideas and information and I was so relieved not to be smoking when I did that. They had a discussion next day in school about smoking and the dangers etc. and when she came home she was full of information about how bad it was etc. Then she turned and said to me, Mum I forgot you used to smoke.
After that I mentioned to my husband that the money wasn't going in the savings jar (he used to check the calendar and if there wasn't a tick on the date, he'd put the money in), and that it was still hard sometimes, and now all the support has come flooding back.
To anyone out there, if you feel like your fighting this little battle on your own, a few words to the people closest to you can make all the difference.
The support and information on this forum is invaluable, but we still need the support from those around us.
I didn't tell anyone I was stopping, for fear of failing again. I've now told more people, or word has got around, that i've stopped smoking and people are so pleased and proud for you. It gave me the boost I needed.