Day 6

Hi everyone

Just saying hi have spent most of the day lurking round all the wonderful posts on here.

I gave up this time a bit by accident really lol Had a really nasty virus tight chest and a cough from hell so couldnt smoke for two days. It seemed daft to start again having gone a whole two days so here I am!

Smoked for 34 years 4 quits, longest one 20 odd years ago when I quit for almost a year. Latest quit was about 4 years ago when I quit for 3 months.

Finding it tough today

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  • Welcome to the forum Elle, I'm sorry you've been poorly but it has had a fantastic end result, getting you through those first couple of days.

    There is just heaps and heaps of good advice on here. All you have to do is have a nosy round. I set a thread going (in Help to Stop), the good post library which has just a tiny example of all the good stuff that's on here. I learned an awful lot about my addiction by reading old posts. It also kept me busy and distracted me which was a bonus.

    Just take it a day at a time and you won't go far wrong. Post as much or as little as you want to, there is nearly always someone around.

    Again, well done on your quit, cherish it and never let it go.

    Molly x

  • Molly and Max, thanks for the welcome. Will definitely have a good dig around all the old posts. Know there is no short cut but I don't half wish I could fast forward to the land of ' I don't miss it'

    Not sure why day 6 is sooooo bad craving wise, isn't this supposed to be getting a bit easier? Have been having a mental battle with myself about going to get some nicotine lozenges/gum etc... which is crazy because I've gone cold turkey and all it will achieve is set that cycle up again arghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    shakes head........

  • Hi Elle, the physical side of things does improve constantly, no up and down. You'll find that physically you'll be past the worst by the couple of weeks mark.

    The main battle you're going have to deal with is psychological. You have to break all those associations, the coffee cig, the morning cig, the concentrating cig etc. That little voice you can hear is because your habit. Your sub conscious needs time and repetition, at first everything is new and as such is a trigger for your sub conscious to prompt you to smoke. Every time you do something without a cig a few times, the voice gets quieter. Frequent triggers are dealt with quickly, like the first one of the day.

    It'll be a bit up and down for a while but trust me, it WILL get better.

    I found that taking stock of how I felt helped loads. I could see I was getting better. Why don't you keep a quit diary then you can look back every week and you'll see improvements that you may otherwise miss.

    Keep you chin up and keep posting

    Molly x

  • Debbie, went to the shop and bought one of those water bottles with the sucky type tops if you know what I mean lol Am trying that now with the deep breathing:)

    Molly you gave me a bit of a Aha moment!

    "That little voice you can hear is because your habit. Your sub conscious needs time and repetition, at first everything is new and as such is a trigger for your sub conscious to prompt you to smoke. Every time you do something without a cig a few times, the voice gets quieter.'

    Don't ask me why but that really helped me!

    I'm not suffering I am retraining my mind! I like that thought, I like it a lot!

    Thank you:)

  • Welcome to the forum and well done on deciding to quit. I smoked for 40 years and have been quit almost 2 years so it CAN be done and this is the place to help make that happen. One day at a time and read the posts on this forum. You can do it:)

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