Hello there everyone.
I'm kind of new to message boards and communities like this, so I'm not entirely sure where to start.
I've been smoking since I was around 16 (recently turned 24). I have to say I'm utterly fed up of it. I'm tired of smelling funky, feeling embarrased when being around people after lighting up and many more. Last year I managed to quit for around 5 months but as life stresses picked up I fell back into old habits and really regret it now.
Since that time I've had what you could call "trial quits" which were never successful. Each and everytime I found myself feeling extremely anxious and panicking about not being able to get my fix. To the point at which I would need an excuse to leave work and grab a pack. I think this was mostly down to poor planning and preparation. I had never even considered joining a community such as yours or seeking any form of real support. I was simply running into it head on with no form of alternative to help with the cravings.
I've been reading up on the forums checking out other peoples experiences and tips for staying strong during the rough moments of kicking this habit. All of your stories and progress updates have really inspired me to register and get involved!
At the same time, I'm freaking out about how to get rid of the addiction (or at least lessen it) and the habits I have formed around smoking. For example, I love music! I literally do everything whilst listening to my playlists. So with bits of my spare time I love grabbing a coffee and having a wander round the garden with my headphones on and puffing away. I know it sounds silly, but I'm so used to it now that I feel like I'll be losing something that really helps me switch off from work and the other things that play on my mind. But i suppose there are always alternatives and ways of still enjoying that without having a ciggy?
Of course there are always a number of other triggers, after meals, getting away from the desk at work, after some gaming on the computer. I guess it just feels a little overwhelming.
In any case, I've had a look at the resources on the site and am looking at all your tips and tricks to staying on the straight and narrow and have put together a plan which i'm going to start tomorrow. I've got my final few on the desk which will last me until tonight and then crack on in the AM! I can only imagine how liberating it must feel to be free from this addiction.
I really look forward to meeting and getting to know the community here!
So with that, thanks for the opportunity of joining you peeps and I hope you are all having a lovely weekend!