Surviving the first day

Well I'm happy to say I've done the first day and I feel a wonderful sense of achievement.

It wasn't easy but for anyone attempting this, here's what helped me:

Chatting to people who've been through this already on this forum.

Getting lots of support.

Eating whatever I fancied, and being told not to worry about food since I can tackle that problem later.

Making a list of tasks to keep myself completely occupied for the whole day.

Avoiding situations where I normally would have had a cigarette.

And I do realise that all of the above isn't possible every single day but I've set myself a target of 21 days because I heard that's how long the brain takes to make or break a habit. I'm taking this one day at a time.

I downloaded an app that tells me how my health is improving by the hour which to me is a huge help as I have so much health anxiety especially about the effects of smoking. (Yes I know, makes you wonder why I ever smoked if I have such a fear, but we all happily ignore the warnings on the packs)

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  • You should be posting on day 2 girl!!!!! Stay strong!

  • Well done Becky! That's a good plan you have there. Hope day 2 goes well.

  • Good luck Becky with Day 2 - motivator for you...

    "Quitting smoking can be a very good test of ones character. Pass the test and you will have accomplished so much more than just getting rid of one bad habit"

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