Staying smokefree

smokefree.gov/staying-smoke...

I'm sure we've all seen plenty of these articles before, but I find it helps to strengthen my quit even further when I re-read things like this now and then.

Any other tips to add from our long-term quitters?

I think an obvious one that we can all agree with is using a group/forum and sticking with it even after you feel you've been successful in a quit. There are still plenty of times when I feel I benefit from reading posts and threads on here :) and I expect that will remain the same in years to come (sorry, looks like I'm here to stay :p)!!

Xxx

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  • We do seem to have a lot of help available at our fingertips, which is great. :)

  • I am really struggling at the moment I have been posting on the freedom fighters group rather than the main forum... I could quite easily

    Post how crap it is every day on the forum just lately, but I'm sure people don't want to hear about my woes everyday, particularly if they are doing well, also the reason I don't is because from a newbies point of view it's disheartening to see the likes of me at 10 weeks moaning when they are just starting out, you are right though people should post, a struggling thread would be excellent as opposed to lot of us posting separate threads where we are going through the mill x

  • smokefree.gov/staying-smoke...

    That's a very useful article, although it's got a lot of the tips that the long termers on here give, it's handy to have it all in one place!!

    Think the "how to beat a craving" link on there is brilliant too - and it's nice to see a lot of "our" tips on there.

    (sorry, looks like I'm here to stay :p)!!

    Good 'cos you're an inspiration :) xxx

  • A good article Sarah Lou, thanks for posting it.

    Something I would like to say, and it has been said time and time again......if you are having trouble with craves please, please post here before you light up It seems too many people smoke then come on here. I'm sure if they talked about it first they may not light up.

    For me it has to be NOPE....I know if I have one puff I will be back smoking full time again and I refuse to let that happen to me.

    lostie:)

    I agree with both of these points and used to find that by the time I came on and made the effort to post about a craving, it would have all but passed! :)

  • That's a very useful article, although it's got a lot of the tips that the long termers on here give, it's handy to have it all in one place!!

    Think the "how to beat a craving" link on there is brilliant too - and it's nice to see a lot of "our" tips on there.

    Good 'cos you're an inspiration :) xxx

    I do like these articles and used to find just reading them when I had a particularly bad craving would keep it at bay and also remind me that it was normal to have bad days as well as good. They're very helpful little distractions sometimes! :) xxx

  • I do like these articles and used to find just reading them when I had a particularly bad craving would keep it at bay and also remind me that it was normal to have bad days as well as good. They're very helpful little distractions sometimes! :) xxx

    IMO the 2 main keys to making a quit last are distractions (like yours) and a positive attitude.

    Have found out that if you allow the craves to build and mope then failure is a load more likely!! So I won't let myself any more :D xxx

  • IMO the 2 main keys to making a quit last are distractions (like yours) and a positive attitude.

    Have found out that if you allow the craves to build and mope then failure is a load more likely!! So I won't let myself any more :D xxx

    You seem to be at that exact place I was when I made the same decision hun :) It was when I realised the only thing holding me back was myself. I'm so happy that you've reached that point!! I think part of the journey definitely involves some enlightenment at times :p xxx

  • Donna,

    I hope you don't think I was referring to you (or anyone else) in particular. I wasn't and hope I didn't come across as that.:) Do hope you feel better soon.

    You're posting to your freedom fighters which is good. Don't worry about moaning, that is what the forum is all about....support. Have a look back at some of my early posts....I was a wreck, from memory about 2 weeks, 2 months and 4 months (that was a really bad one). I couldn't have got through it without support from here. Some of us have a harder time than others and there is nothing wrong with that.

    I'll also say that even though I'm in the Penthouse, if I ever struggle I will be back posting on here asking for help. No doubt about that at all.:D

    lostie:)

    No definitely not Lostie I didn't think u were referring to me, I know there's a few of us struggling who aren't vocal about it on the main forum we have been discussing on pm or social groups, the fact there is a struggling thread is brilliant now because the main quitting forum is brilliant for successes and where we all are in our quits, I personally think it's nice to have that as a positive place to post and when times are hard as it is for so many of us it's nice to have a desperate thread where we can say exactly how rubbish we feel, the thing is as it's been shown on the quit board, people post one day how bad it is and the next they are on top of the world this is how quitting is one minute you are up the next you feel rubbish, hopefully I will be posting milestones again on the main board rather than clinging to the struggling thread which I think I will be for a while :(

  • You seem to be at that exact place I was when I made the same decision hun :) It was when I realised the only thing holding me back was myself. I'm so happy that you've reached that point!! I think part of the journey definitely involves some enlightenment at times :p xxx

    That's true, it is a mental battle and we can only do our best to make it easy on ourselves!! xxx

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