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We've all been there- bad, brain crushing cravings!! Why, God do you Smite me so?!

So yup. As the title says. It's been a long haul of one of those days here in the smoggy state of New York in Trumps ant farm. Ugh, the mention of that spineless amoeba (oxymoron? Is that the word) makes my skin crawl and crave a hit of death. But alas, I've resigned myself to quit. I quit- Quitting on my health. I choose to suffer and bother all you fine souls about it.

How have you battled those really terrible cravings?

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Move and more some more. If one starts and you normally can fèel it in your tummy and the voices start in your head. Move, be it a different room, walk round the garden or go for a proper walk. DO NOT let the voice carry on. It will nag like a child. You need to ignore and walk away.

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I do like the suggestion to move- it must be instinctual as I did a bit of walking through the rooms of my home. Couldn't do a proper walk with some school papers needing my attention. I think that was a big trigger. Typing and researching with a fag in hand. Ugh. But coming to this site and bothering all of you helps me feel better. 😜😎

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Hi Laureen

It does become easier much easier, to the point where you will think why did I do that. But only if you stick at it one day at a time. If you haven’t read Alan Carrs the easy way to give up smoking it helps with retraining the brain. I like you lived to smoke. First thing I did in the morning last thing I did at night!!

Good luck and I’m sure everything will turn out ok

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I do keep hearing about Mr. Carr. I'm just not sure if I have the money to invest right now but will keep it in mind. I'm glad you've found success with it. And thanks again for coming back here to keep us motivated!

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Hey Laureenc - think you now over the week off the patches(???) so Mr Nico is in full swing trying to get you back, keep busy, lots of ice cold water and bit of exercise to keep him at bay. These cravings will become less severe and frequent as each day passes, try to take it day by day for the moment, you are doing so well.

Below is a link to the estimate recovery timeline which may not be the same for everyone:

healthunlocked.com/nosmokin...

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To be honest with the "ease" of this quit I've stopped counting since the patch came off, but yes it's a nasty little bugger bothering me. I didn't do lots of water as I usually do, instead I went to town on my cabinets. I ate more than I weigh, lol. Anyhow, I will continue to say no, but isn't it such a strange idea that you have the knowledge and made the choice but yet other parts of your brain will still keep pleading? Anyhow, today is hopefully seeing you well?

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I'm grand thanks, having a lazy Sunday evening in front of the fire, watching crap tv and eating the tins of chocolates I bought for Christmas :O :P

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Sounds lovely!

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As Roisin suggests, staying busy, cold water, or exercise helps. I would add anything that you enjoy that can distract you from the cravings. Even counting the NY ants.

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Forget politics for awhile, they'll be there when you get back. Now is what you need time.

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I agree, with the aforementioned disaster of a (p)resident I don't think I need anything else to make me feel worse. My allergies are all out of sorts, I'm super sluggish, but I'm on here often reading and being reminded I am not alone in this. Exsmo, hope it's been a good day for you and thanks for the support.

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