I have just joined the forum. I'm now on day 17 of my quit, I have made a list on my phone of load of benefits of not smoking which I have been reading almost everyday and nodding my head in agreement to all the ways I feel better. I have also been excersing 5 times a week and eating really healthily so that's making an impact on feeling healthy and good about myself. I've been reading more and trying to keep busy planning travels and fun activities, ways of spending my time and money on things that make me feel great.
I have probably tried to quit smoking over 20 times since I started smoking 12 years ago. The longest I have managed is 2 months. Every time I go back to smoking I feel awful till it just becomes routine again. This time I am determined not to smoke again. I have been thinking of new ways to keep myself off them as I have tried so many different ways over the years.. which is what has led me here, I thought maybe if I have somewhere to communicate with other people who are going through similar experiences then maybe we can help each other.
The thing I find hardest about staying off the fags is not the initial 2 maybe even 3 weeks, I can usually do this pretty easily.. as long as I'm feeling good and healthy. I know my triggers: alcohol, my friends and stressful situations. I haven't been around any of these over these 17 days however in 4 days I will be going home and seeing friends who I associate with smoking over the course of a week. I'm so worried the same will happen as always does, although they don't encourage me, something happens when I see them smoking which makes me not care about all the effort I have put in and I think 'I'll just have a few, I'm relaxing' and bam I feel like all my efforts have been wasted. This has happened so many times. Does any one have any ideas of how I can get out of this routine other than what I am already doing?
I haven't had any alcohol during my quit time and not planning to over the next month, when that time comes that I have a glass of wine, has anyone come up with a technique to avoid smoking?
Thankfully I have experienced 2 pretty stressful situations so far but have used breathing techniques to calm and reminded myself that smoking will not fix anything and in fact make me more anxious in the long run so I'm proud about that.
Thanks for reading,