Do i do it now or wait?

Hello everyone! So i am still lurking about, after my terriable experience with champix i am ready to pack it up again, my chest feels awful as i speak!

I am really fed up with these cigs dictating how i feel, i feel like a drug additct..i spose i am lol

what i want abit of advice on though is:

I really want to quit like now! but i have loads of social occasions comming up and it puts me off because i want to give it a real good go again and i dont want to end up relapsing! all my friends smoke and its like putting a detoxed alcaholic straight into the pub! Or i could wait until Jan 1st when all the festivities are over, but like i said i just want to get it over and done with! Im doing it cold turkey, done it before so i know what the score is with it all.

I guess i just want some suggestions. I know ultimately nothing and noone should make relapse unless i choose too, but i dont want to set myself up to fail either.

Thanks xxx

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  • No time like the present:) Go for it. You only think you will be missing something. You aren't really. Smoking does absolutely nowt positive for you....

  • Hello everyone! So i am still lurking about, after my terriable experience with champix i am ready to pack it up again, my chest feels awful as i speak!

    I am really fed up with these cigs dictating how i feel, i feel like a drug additct..i spose i am lol

    what i want abit of advice on though is:

    I really want to quit like now! but i have loads of social occasions comming up and it puts me off because i want to give it a real good go again and i dont want to end up relapsing! all my friends smoke and its like putting a detoxed alcaholic straight into the pub! Or i could wait until Jan 1st when all the festivities are over, but like i said i just want to get it over and done with! Im doing it cold turkey, done it before so i know what the score is with it all.

    I guess i just want some suggestions. I know ultimately nothing and noone should make relapse unless i choose too, but i dont want to set myself up to fail either.

    Thanks xxx

    Hi Nikki, I have been very open about being mystified why people would choose the festive period to quit. I dont think I could have done it.

    However I suppose it depends how much you want to quit? If you are really that fed up with it then now is as good a time as any I suppose. I just think as you say you need to give yourself the best possible start and you have already said you are worried about the partying? It is up to you of course so I wish you well whatever you decide.xx

  • Up to you

    Hi Nikki

    I guess that only you can decide what works for your psyche - everyone's different. I chose to give up on Jan 19 rather than before Christmas and the New Year. At least that's when I went onto Champix. Part of my strategy was to sicken myself of smoking. I knew, as always, I would be given a carton of cigarettes for Christmas so I thought I'll smoke them first. Then by the time I visited the doctors for Champix it was Jan 19.

    I'm sorry you had problems with Champix - they were great for me - they took the edge off the cravings.

    Good luck in making the right decision for you:)

  • Hi nikki

    Welcome to the party ..... sorry ... welocme back to the party I should have said! :)

    I quit a couple of months ago and I asked pretty much the same question as you.

    I had decided to quit ... which by the way is the best decision and Christmas present you could EVER give yourself...and set my date.

    I hate being told what to do so with my date looming I decided to trick myself and quit 5 days earlier than I was supposed to.....ner nerr ner nerr nerrr to me....is what I thought! :D

    I did my first day .... sort of by mistake if you like and I joined the forum to ask advice.....the main over riding support I felt was ...... go for it .... "why put off the excitement"

    ...and believe me it is so exciting when you finally start quitting.

    I never had a good time to quit so I went for it....and admittedly although there can be difficult times ..... I have never REALLY looked back :)

    As Hazel says, it's entirely your choice but I detect a strong sense of positivity and optimism in your post.....mixed with a teeny weeny little bit of fear...we have all been there.

    The main thing is you have decided to quit, you have sown the seed...now the only thing that can happen is ... it will grow, how good is that?

    Whenever you decide to "do it" ... I wish you all the strength in the world .... the people of this forum have helped me so much....and they will help you too.

    DOH! Just noticed you have posted many times so you know how good these peeps are...tell you what .... I'll fetch my coat! lol :D

    Take Care

    Greg

    x

  • Hi Nikki,

    I am not in a position to offer advice, but I can tell you what's happening with me right now.

    I had a notion that I should go and see the local practice nurse with regard to stopping smoking as part of things I should do on a fortnight I just had off work.

    Then woke up on Tuesday morning and thought "I can't do this any more. I'm not going to smoke today".

    And so I didn't, which was amazing. Then I did it the next day and the next. Today is 8 days off the fags (world record personal best for me since 1993). My head is a bit sore just now and I've had some cravings. But, if I can just get my head on the pillow tonight and not have smoked, that will be another day done. I must have saved myself about £50 this week too.

    I am "lucky" in that I don't have any Christmas nights out planned! I suppose I have let my drinking friends go and I feel that real friends will meet up for lunch or a coffee or whatever instead. I can't really imagine a drinking night without tabs.

    Good luck with whatever happens and whatever you choose to do ( :

    I just went with my gut and stopped cold turkey, but may need to consider going to doc's/pharmacist/nurse! See how it goes! Been loving this forum though. Think it's helping me ( :

  • Oh and Nikki

    By the way, don't know about you, but now I'm a couple of months in I have this strange symptom....I don't read posts properly!

    DOH!

    Hope you get the jist though.... :)

    I should have just said.....

    er....NOW

    :D

    Take care

    Greg

  • Well done fingers!

    To me that's a great post

    You seem, to me, to be in a perfect position to offer advice!

    I am only now at the stage where I have separated the "habit" from the addiction/dependence! So for you to be this far in CT is great.

    Maybe what you feel now is the psychological part rather than the physiological? Damn well done anyway.

    Cold Turkeys are my hero's :)

  • Hi Nikki

    Good to see you back trying again. Keep trying and one day you will make it.

    My personal opinion is that it's not the right time for you. Too many smoking friends, too much partying, drinking, eating etc. i think that just asking the question says you know it's not going to work at the moment. If I was you I would just go and have a great Chrismas and come back in the new year once all the partys are over. Why Jan 1st, 2nd? Choose the time thats right for you. I remember supporting you from the first time you posted and I really want you to make it. Just choose the right time, we are all behind you

    You will make it and if nows the right time you will know. IGood luck

    H

  • If it were me in your position, I'd go for it now...but it isn't, so what can I say?? :D

    If you did decide to go for it and did really well from now up until you're faced with a choice at a particular time on a particular night out, Make your decision then. When it's absolutely, smack-bang right up in your face.

    Should someone offer you a cigarette whilst you're merry-making and full of Christmas spirit(s):p Make your decision there and then, in that moment, about whether or not your going to take the cigarette.

    Wait until the moment presents itself :)

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