well this is my first post,
I am 24 years old and have smoked around 10 a day for the last 7 or 8 years.
More or less exactly a month ago I finally decided enough was enough and this quit felt different than when I had tried in the past, I was far more determined.
The first week was hard but it got easier, I started to get cravings that would pulse, one minuite I would be fine then the next my brain would tell me to go to a petrol station and buy some.
I managed to get a handle on this and the last 3 weeks were quite easy, Ive just been struggling for the last few days, not cravings as such just being obsessed with smoking all day long, its all that i seem to think about.
Ive had the mood swings around the third week and I dont fancy that again, I got really depressed but im over that now, that lasted around 2 days
Ive even thought about starting again and then giving it a few months and quitting using NRT, thinking that that way would be easier. Since I quit cold turkey. I know thats some weird craving and that to start smoking after 4 weeks would be devastating!" I have had zero slips but feel that now it isnt getting easier, i feel that I can keep on putting the weeks in but unless it gets easier I will never feel that I have stopped forever.
What I want to know is when does it get easier, I know no one can tell me the point when I do not want to buy more cigarettes but is there another stage where it gets easier like I found after the first week.?
Because I am relatively young to stop smoking, It seems to me that most people dont stop till they are 40+, I dont have as many reasons to stop as other quitters, for example. I have plenty of money to smoke if i want to, I dont have any kids to see grow up etc etc. And despite being so determined over the past month I can feel myself start to wobble a bit. although i am still strong and feel that I can do it.
I strongly believe that quitting is all about understanding my addiction, and since ive never lasted past a week before I dont know what is normal or what is going to happen after 2 months or 3 months etc
Anyone got a Magic wand?