Busting Nicotine cravings.: Day 30, still... - No Smoking Day

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carlfree9 Months Smoke Free

Day 30, still smoke free, but getting numerous strong feelings about the need for a cigarette. On reflection, it appears that those craving feelings, are no longer cravings, but merely memories of things I used to do with my old unwanted friend, nicotine. After a very short distraction and I mean short, less than a minute, I can push that old learned memory out of my mind & get on with my day. I have noticed that those thoughts of smoking are becoming less frequent, but they are definitely tied to things I used to do in the past, like relaxing after a meal or snack, with a cigarette. The thought of that right now, just makes me more determined to stay a NON-SMOKER.

For everyone out there wandering about cravings, they really do get easier to shrug off, the longer you have been a non-smoker. Just find a distraction, my son suggested that I use his fidget spinner every time I wanted a smoke. I know, it sounded that way to me too, but I really need something to do with my hands, so I gave it a try (combined with going outside for a minute). It is actually helping loads, thank you son for your suggestion.

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RoisinO1Administrator

Welcome carlfree - congratulations on 1 month smoke free, well done!

Great first post, keep up that positive mindset, look forward to reading your progress :)

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RoisinO1Administrator in reply to RoisinO1

How is things now carlfree ?

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carlfree9 Months Smoke Free in reply to RoisinO1

The sadness is starting to subside, but i'm worn out trying to keep myself busy thank you :)

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RoisinO1Administrator in reply to carlfree

Ah, you must be experiencing the 'Icky 3's' or 'the blahs' - see below pinned post worth a read if not already done so:

healthunlocked.com/nosmokin...

Keep in touch and let us know how are you getting on when you can especially if struggling :)

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carlfree9 Months Smoke Free in reply to RoisinO1

It does appear that way, informative read, it's reassuring to know there is light at the end of the tunnel and it shouldn't last too long.

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RoisinO1Administrator in reply to carlfree

How are you getting on carlfree ?

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carlfree9 Months Smoke Free in reply to RoisinO1

Still going strong, 41 days smoke free and counting. :) I am currently struggling with insomnia, but also accept that this is just another normal symptom that will pass. I can’t wait until I can finally sleep without waking on numerous occasions, again.

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RoisinO1Administrator in reply to carlfree

Yeah, the sleep disruption is a common withdrawal, it will get better, I promise. Well done, you are doing great :)

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carlfree9 Months Smoke Free in reply to RoisinO1

Thank you. :)

“....memories of the things I used to do with a cigarette..” This is SO TRUE... it’s a mind game but as time goes by we are making new non smoking memories. A friend said to me “just remember that you CAN enjoy life without a cigarette... keep reminding yourself of that whenever a memory (craving) hits.

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RoisinO1Administrator in reply to ccurn

Very wise words from your friend ccurn - keep telling yourselves this over and over especially on bad days :)

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