Slipped. Feel awful

So 23 days in and last night I decided to smoke. I have a lot of stress at the moment and can't stop associating smoking with being the alleviator of that. Today I feel awful, both physically and mentally. Worried I am back at the beginning and will have to go through it again, and also very worried (this is about my 10th quit, once I lasted 3 years then stupidly smoked), that I will continue to see smoking as a solution when things are awful. Thanks for letting me sound off! The advice on this forum has been invaluable.

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  • Dont be too hard on yourself - I am personally finding week 3 the hardest so far which is odd, Im on day 18 so you are a little ahead of me. I nearly smoked 2 days ago (found an old pack in the draw and was left to my own devices in the evening!) but had a bath instead as cant smoke in doors (and pretty hard with wet hands!!)

    Just have to re focus on why you want to give up sooooo much. I have made a note of why I want to stop and keep checking back to that. I have also taken up squash as its VERY therapeutic smashing the hell out of some balls!

    You will get there - just take one day at a time and choose not to smoke that day....YOU CAN DO IT!!!!!

  • Hey, the most imprtant thing is doing exactly what you are doing - learn from it, take strength from how far you got before and start again. You will get there, one fag at a time

  • Thanks

    Thank you so much for your replies. Determined to just carry on so that I can move to the next week. I really don't want to be a smoker again, I just always seem to reach for them in moments of stress and logic goes out of the window! Will see as a blip and carry on! x

  • I know exactly how you feel. I think I have tried (serious attempts) about 8 times? but i have done the odd day here and there too and all it takes is that moment and after its...what have i done! I cried last time i broke my quit, was devasted.

    But the replies are spot on, dont beat yourself up! It doesnt mean you are a smoker again it just means you made a mistake and had one. It happens. In some ways its good you feel bad because next time you wont want to feel that guilt again so you just wont bother doing it.

    Maybe have some sort of NRT product in the house? or an ecig? or a herbal cig just to get that moment out of the way and after you can say wow...thank god i didnt smoke because that wasnt worth smoking over!

    I did 6 days cold turkey and had to go on the Nicorette spray or i would of smoked. I was gutted as I was nicotine free but atleast im still smoke free no shame in needing help on this journey hun xx

  • Everyone does it, don't worry too much but don't do it again :)

    Would having a zero-nicotine e-cig help? Then you're still not smoking but you get the smoking feeling without the nicotine?

  • You lot are so fab

    Thanks, you have all made me feel so much better, and really stressful day today, but didn't smoke!

    I was on champix, but made me so miserable I came off it. So at the moment it's excessive cake and chocolate (!).

    Thanks to you all. x

  • Thanks, you have all made me feel so much better, and really stressful day today, but didn't smoke!

    I was on champix, but made me so miserable I came off it. So at the moment it's excessive cake and chocolate (!).

    Thanks to you all. x

    Everything's better with choccie!! :D

    Well done for getting through a tough day fag free :) x

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