Hello everyone . . brand new here and just saying hello . . . quit on Sunday 5th Feb so today has been my 4th day.
One thing that stands out to me as a newly quit ex smoker is how much we seem to expect from ourselves. It's a big deal to quit the evil weed and yet we try to do it without changing very much about our daily routine . . no one would be able to quit drinking or other drugs without drastically changing their routines.
I want to give this the best chance I possible can . . going cold turkey . . no nicotine replacement of any kind and laying low for a bit until the first few really tough early days are over. Be kind to myself . . sleep a little more . . eat a little more . . take long baths . . and keep away from any kind of stress if at all possible . . Avoid annoying people who almost goad you into lighting up.
It's a big big deal to me quitting this time . . I did it last in 1997 and stayed quit for 3 whole years then one silly puff on a cigarette at a time of stress and bam! Over the next three weeks I REALLY NEEDED that one cigarette a night . . then after three weeks I was back on a pack a day!
I now know that 1) I can quit 2) Nicotine replacement only prolongs the agony for me and 3) If I want to stay quit I have to stay quit! No exceptions to this rule . . I either smoke or I don't and I am doing it one day at a time . . moment by moment sometimes it seems . . letting the cravings ride over me like waves . . this is easier to do if I'm being kind to myself and going having a lie down or off for a walk etc when it hits me bad.
Anyhow . . that's me for now . . really proud I've done these four days without many crutches (apart from drinking fizzy water and chomping on chewing gum) Oooh and crunching on ice really helps . . and sucking on frozen grapes . . be kind to yourselves fellow non smokers Jo