1st 24 hours

Hi there

what an amazing site. I am a 34 year old single parent who has smoked between 15 and 20 cigarette a day. I have finally made the decision that I don't want to smoke anymore.

The only person I have shared this with at moment is my daughter and best friend. Am finding as long as I am occupied its not bothering me that much. Am prepared for this.

I have a strange empty feeling in my tummy but think its just the nicotine demon (as I like to think of it) slowly starving.

Will keep you all updated on my progress. Aiming to keep busy at work, going to try and get to the gym at least twice and what with the swimming etc I already do with my daughter. Upped my water

Intake today.

For once I know this achievalbe and will do it.

Any tips that anyone has to make first week easy. Taking each day at time, hour by hour.

Thanks

Michelle

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  • Hi Michelle,

    Welcome to the boards.

    Best advice I can give you is read read read. Go through old posts, read the links in peoples signatures, educate yourself about addiciton.

    The first week can be tough but if you really want to stop you will get through it.

    I also kept it to myself when I stopped. The only person I told was my no smoking nurse when I went to get the patches I didn't use in the end.

    Take it one minute, one hour, one day at a time.

    Sian :D

  • Thank you for the advice, that's what I been doing.

    I'm determined to get through this week and be positive about everything.

  • Hi mushymoo

    Well done for taking the mighty step too a better life..It is a bit daunting at first but once you get the first few days out the way, you will think, I can do this. Its not gonna be easy, but stick it out it does get better...Best advice as always, take it one day at a time ...when you think about a smoke just hang on in there take deep breaths...5 minutes and the feeling will go ..if you have real bad ones come on here ..rant rave and as Levs says read the posts get involved eventually it will go again.

    keep strong and good luck

  • Well done ,and yes thats how im doing it one day at a time .READ READ AND READ POSTS on here . Thats what has and is helping me xx

  • Hi there

    ...

    I have a strange empty feeling in my tummy but think its just the nicotine demon (as I like to think of it) slowly starving.

    ...

    Any tips that anyone has to make first week easy. Taking each day at time, hour by hour.

    Thanks

    Michelle

    Yes.Think of it another way. What if the feeling in your tummy was what the cigarettes used to anaesthetise for you? And if so, then instead of using nicotine in order to not feel that feeling in your tummy, try observing the feeling and imagine, if it were to find its way out of your tummy, where would it go next? Maybe out through your chest, throat, head, then completely out of your body. Or maybe out through your belly-button. Observe it making its way out, becoming smaller, becoming less, and then fading. I don´t know if this will help, but it´s definitely worth a try.

    There are other ways. For example, you can rub the top of your cheekbones in circular movements as you connect to the feeling in your tummy, and simply observe it becoming less and less important. The cheekbones are where there are end-points to the stomach meridian.

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