I stopped smoking 24/10/2010 after 20 years and 2 failed attempts.
This quit i knew i wanted to quit. I would light up and know i did not want it, i would take a puff or 2 then put it out. I used to look at the cig in disgust almost like WTF am i doing sort of thing and it was horrid because for me i felt like i had no choice but to go out and light up because something was making me go back for more even though i did not want to go out and have that one then another, i was petrified after 2 failed attempts that i would never be able to stop thats why even though i cut down i knew i had to get the help from our quit nurse, i knew i could not do it on my own, when i was given the Champix i really did not think they would work and yet they did and this time i know its for keeps. I want to share some of the things i have done and have found helpful with my quit.
1, Had a clear idea in my mind that i wanted to stop and made appt to see the quit nurse.
2, Started the Champix and set a quit date, finally stopping a week earlier than planned
3, Bought a lot of knitting stuff to keep myself busy, learnt from earlier attempts and worked on those to make sure that this time i would not make the same ones, made lots of scarves during the first 2-3 weeks. Still knitting but not as intense. Changed daily routine so that triggers that would have made me think were less and thus helped me cope.
4, Did not smoke in doors or in the car, etc, had not done this for a while so helped to stop the smells that linger and association with things in the home.
5, Bought some good multi vitamins, high dose to replenish what my body has missed out on due to the nicotine not allowing proper abosrbtion of essential vitamins. Treated myself to good bath products, face masks, just general things to make myself feel better.
6, Started to read books, yep, i have been onto amazon and bought some books so that when im not knitting i am reading. I have read the Allen Carr Easyway book but i bought that after i stopped smoking.
7, I have stopped for me this time and for no one else, that makes it easier for my mind because im doing it because I WANT TO. This time the quit feels so different, i can honestly say that i am not really missing it and i can understand now why its so hard because the nicotine is such a nasty worker that it has us hooked, get that nicotine dependency gone from your body and change how you do your day and your over half way there. You also have to change how you see and feel about smoking. Positivity is a must.
8, Dont punish yourself, your only human. Your going to feel strange and lonely if you like but by saying that your not a smoker then it will be easier to stay stopped.
9, Make sure i drink plenty and also get enough rest. I wake often during the night still but i am relaxed and can get back off but i have some Kalms tablets here just in case and they will help ease off the stress and anxiety that stopping can cause.
10, Join this forum and post all the time. Get the support you need good feelings or bad make sure you have the support it helps.
11, Expect to have stuff clear from your lungs, mine are starting to ease off a bit now which is good as i am feeling much healthier and happier too. Just try sucking on cough sweets or something, i never substituted sweets or other food for cigs thats what the knitting was for. No weight gain for me because of the tactic i used but i understand everyone is different so go for what works for you.
Im glad i have done the above and if it can help just one person then im happy.
Good luck all