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Hello everybody!

Today is my first day of not smoking and already feeling rather tense. Please wish me luck :(

I have been smoking for the last 5 years around 5 cigarettes a day, never at home and never in the weekend.

However, for the last 3 months I started smoking considerably more.

As with all smokers, every day I have told myself that from the next day I will quit, or at least smoke less.

It never worked… so I decided to go cold turkey.

The reason for my smoking is my job (quite stressful) but also social.

I can not change my job (have my own business) neither my friends whom I love.This will be the biggest challenge for me - balancing everything.

Any tips of how I can stop smoking, while remaining insane and keep my smoking friends will be kindly appreciated.

Thanks

Alix

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  • Good Luck Alix!

    I dont have any tips for you as i am just starting my journey too!

    This forum is fantastic so visit regularly :)

  • Hello everybody!

    Today is my first day of not smoking and already feeling rather tense. Please wish me luck :(

    I have been smoking for the last 5 years around 5 cigarettes a day, never at home and never in the weekend.

    However, for the last 3 months I started smoking considerably more.

    As with all smokers, every day I have told myself that from the next day I will quit, or at least smoke less.

    It never worked… so I decided to go cold turkey.

    The reason for my smoking is my job (quite stressful) but also social.

    I can not change my job (have my own business) neither my friends whom I love.This will be the biggest challenge for me - balancing everything.

    Any tips of how I can stop smoking, while remaining insane and keep my smoking friends will be kindly appreciated.

    Thanks

    Alix

    Welcome Alix!

    Possibly the best piece of advice I can give is to use this forum. Whenever you feel stressed/angry/upset/worn out, just come and type a few words and I guarantee it will make you feel better. :)

    It may not take away your cravings totally, but just talking about it and receiving feedback makes the world of difference.

    In times of crisis, always try to use this forum before choosing to become a smoker again. It can be the difference between lighting up or continuing to be strogng and fight through the worst.

    Okay, tips for keeping busy during bad cravings:

    Cleaning

    Exercising

    Eating

    Reading

    Watching a film guaranteed to distract you

    Boiled sweets and lollipops are great (if you buy chuppa chupps, you can use the lollipop stick afterwards to 'smoke' if the cravings are that bad)

    Remember to reward yourself for your efforts (using a quit app will keep track of the days and the money you have saved to buy nice things!).

    And also, remember that you are doing something truly amazing for yourself. You're body will feel the benefits very quickly and, not too far into the future, you will be so thankful that you decided to free yourself.

    I hope this helps. Please ask as many questions you need :D

  • Hi Alix and welcome! :)

    Congrats on deciding to quit - best decision you will ever make. All I can advice is to keep reading these boards as there is always someone out there who can relate to you, push through any cravings and constantly be proud of yourself!

    Good luck

  • Hey Alix,

    Well done for taking the plunge. It can seem abit deep but once you get down there it isnt so bad.

    I have quit once for 3 months and once for 3 weeks. The main key to success is knowing why you smoke in the first place, which you said is stress and being social. This will help you further down the road as it will be these reasons that try and trick you into starting again (i have just worked this out). Im an emotional smoker, i think a fag will make feel good and uplifted :D when actualy once i have this im like errrr what a let down! no change!

    Just remember the first week why your quitting. Then once you have the worst bit done, remember fags dont take away your stress and fags dont make you tell better jokes lol.

    Good luck, i am on day 1 again as well ( as of two hours ago) xx

  • Thank you very much for your encouragements! Kindly appreciated!

    I will be visiting the forum regularly because you guys have great stories and experiences with the “S” which is what I need right now.

    I am going to call it S because every time I type the word I feel like having one (Yes, is that bad!).

    Thank you also for the tips about cravings. Had them already yesterday afternoon but luckly my apples supply help. Tried to keep away from sweets – bad for my teeth and easy to get that extra kilos.

    One thing positive though which I noticed today – I am always grumpy in the morning and difficult to have a “constructive” discussion with me before 12h00.

    BUT today I was in a great mood and others noticed in the office.

    No better jokes though… :D

    Hope to keep going like that.

    I can not have someone or something controlling my life.

    Good luck as well for all of you and let’s take one step at a time.

    Alix

  • Thank you very much for your encouragements! Kindly appreciated!

    I will be visiting the forum regularly because you guys have great stories and experiences with the “S” which is what I need right now.

    I am going to call it S because every time I type the word I feel like having one (Yes, is that bad!).

    Thank you also for the tips about cravings. Had them already yesterday afternoon but luckly my apples supply help. Tried to keep away from sweets – bad for my teeth and easy to get that extra kilos.

    One thing positive though which I noticed today – I am always grumpy in the morning and difficult to have a “constructive” discussion with me before 12h00.

    BUT today I was in a great mood and others noticed in the office.

    No better jokes though… :D

    Hope to keep going like that.

    I can not have someone or something controlling my life.

    Good luck as well for all of you and let’s take one step at a time.

    Alix

    Well done Alix and welcome to Day 2 :D

    That's a great piece of advice for yourself there: "take it one step at a time."

    I often forgot this in the early days, and ended up panicking on more than one occasion! Even if you have to take it a minute at a time, this is the best way to manage each day. Eventually you'll forget about smoking altogether, it's just early on really that you need to gently nudge yourself forwards!

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