Day 4.... and counting

I'm a newbie so please be gentle with me. I'm on day 4 of being a non smoker. I have to be honest and say I've not had much sleep over the past couple of days. Previous attempts to give up have been by patches, hypnotherapy, Zyban and gum. This time it's cold turkey and using the breathing technique from my previous hypnotherapy session.

Not looking forward to day 5 as I'll be back in work and I have a set routine there i.e. 10:30 fag break, 12:30 lunchtime fag break, 3pm fag break and then 5pm home. I have a feeling that work is going to have a very productive employee for the next few day's whilst I distract myself from my previous habits.

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  • Very well done on your first few days of your quit:D

    The early days can be something of a challenge but just keep taking it a day at a time and before you know it its weeks/months instead of days. Best of luck;)

  • Welcome to the forum!

    It wont be long before you have broken that work routine. It will be on your mind at first but it will become normal to not smoke at work. I used to look forward to fag breaks too. I dont even think about it now. Well done for the first 5 days they are hard if you can get through them you can do this!:)

  • Not looking forward to day 5 as I'll be back in work and I have a set routine there i.e. 10:30 fag break, 12:30 lunchtime fag break, 3pm fag break and then 5pm home.

    All the best in your quit....my best advice would be to stay away from the smoking area at work, obviously I don't know what your set up in your workplace is but we have a smoking shelter at my workplace like a small gazebo, I don't go near it as far as I can, I figure my chances are increased that way! That's for me anyway.

    Well done on four days, it's an achievement, please keep us posted!

  • Thanks for all the encouragement, it really helps to get support and to know you're not alone. Most of my friends and family have either quit already or never even started smoking so aren't much help.

    It's going to be fairly easy for me to avoid the smoking area at work (they like to shove everyone out of the way). My other problem is I know that I'll end up swapping the ciggie for another coffee if I'm not careful so I've got bottled water on standby. I'm going to look like a right noodle tomorrow slugging back gallons of water and doing my deep breathing exercises but I'm determined to quit forever this time and I'd rather look like a noodle than break and smoke a cig.

  • The noodle look is bang in fashion at the minute:D

  • The noodle look is bang in fashion at the minute:D

    Brilliant!

  • I'm quite enjoying looking like a fashionable noodle, and it's not as bad as I thought it was going to be.

  • All good?

    Hey Drag, how was the day at work??

  • Whoop whoop that was surprisingly easy today. The day dragged a little but on the whole I didn't feel stressed, irritable or surprisingly feel the need to smoke at all. I did take te advice of avoiding the smoking area. Hope everyone else is having a good day. I really can't thank people enough for the support.

  • Brilliant!

    That is brilliant! I was at work today and wondering how you were finding it. So glad it went well!:)

  • Nice to hear Drag, glad it worked for you too; I passed the smoking area twice today in the course of my work, but didn't get the urge to stop, and it was the only two times all day that I thought of cigarettes, so was happy with that! :)

  • Well done you:)

    You are now officially a Super Noodle hehe;)

  • Great effort! I'm back at work and wondered how I'd find it, as the breaks from the desk were a very strong part of my routine.

    No real problem. Still take the break, just go for a quick walk round the building, making a large detour away from the smoking area. Starting to feel as natural as going for a fag ever was.

    Keep it up!

  • Loving the super noodle reference.