Day 9 - I made it to this part of the forums!!!!

My day 8 was so busy that I didn't have time to post. I spent a total of 6 hours in the car driving and I was quite worried I was going to have trouble. I stressed about it for days before but it turned out to be not so bad. Smoking and driving have always gone hand in hand for me. I even had a passenger who smoked a few times on the trip and all I thought was "Wow... the smell is quite bad!"

The cravings are still around but I have developed callouses and they no longer seem overwhelming. I am sure to have a few much stronger ones as time goes by but the constant nagging has been reduced. I was really worried around day 5 that I was never going to stop feeling such a strong urge to feed the habit but I made it to the other side and IT WAS WORTH IT!!.

I am doing a little dance in my chair right now because I made it to this section of the forums. This section seemed ages away when I first starting posting but now it is here and it is wonderful!

For those still struggling please remember that it will get better. The days of painful cravings feel like a lifetime but the feeling of making it through the constant bombardment is amazing. When it becomes too much and you think you can't handle it then WAIT! The key is to wait. Just wait 10 minutes. Do your best to distract yourself or have a bit of tea or whatever but always wait. You can restart smoking at any point so what is 10 more minutes. If you can keep waiting just 10 more min then eventually days will have gone by. Don't think about tomorrow or an hour from now. They aren't here yet. Just concern yourself with the next 10 minutes. When that 10 minutes is over then you can focus on the next 10 minutes :)

These forums have been a large part of why I have made it this far and why I know I make it to the next section. When you tell your stories of your struggles and how you made it with your quit still strong, it make me feel strong too. It is hard, it will always be hard to do this but we CAN do it! I am so proud of you all and I am proud of myself.

So high fives all around!

Much love and many thanks,

River

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  • yay!

    High fives, River Song! Well done.

    Nik

    x

  • As Max says, great post River

    Oozing with positivity and strength. :)

    I believe you are right, don't think too far ahead, we can't change the future but we can decide our own fate for this precise moment in time.

    We CAN choose.

    Well done so far, keep your memory green & fresh and it will serve you well as time goes on.

    You are doing this :)

    Take care

    Greg

  • I am in the car for 5 hours tomorrow and was thinking boredom would trigger me off but your post has given me hope.

    Well done....

  • River

    As the others have said, great post. You sound as though you are in a good place. May this be the 'one'

    Fi x

  • I am in the car for 5 hours tomorrow and was thinking boredom would trigger me off but your post has given me hope.

    Well done....

    Ramasus

    Don't doubt for one minute that you won't be successful in your quit, I have a good feeling about you!

    Fi x

  • I am in the car for 5 hours tomorrow and was thinking boredom would trigger me off but your post has given me hope.

    Well done....

    Just grab a packet of gum and bring along some water. I thought I would be vigorously chewing one piece after another but I only needed 4 for the whole 6 hours worth of driving.

    We can do this Ramasus! I worked myself up so much thinking is was going to be bad but it went swimmingly. It has boosted my confidence about the whole quit and I hope it does the same for you :)

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