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Are these feelings normal ????

Someone please tell me these thoughts I am constantly having about smoking everyday are to be expected even though I am at 67 days today. I did go cold turkey and it just seems to get harder and harder every day. My will power is getting weaker and weaker and if I go to the Dr one more time he is going to think I have lost my mind. Help! Do I need to get on some kind of NRT ? Do I just tough it out ? What do I do ????

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Hey QueenB59, when do these cravings occur in your routine day, how long do they last and how severe?

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Different times. Just off and on through out the day. I just don’t know what to do. Im at my Dr again, he is going to get sick of my complaining but I just am not sure what else to do except for trying NRT. Any help or advice is greatly needed at this point

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Hey QueenB59 - heading towards 3 months smoke and nicotine free is a HUGE achievement and going towards NRT would be a backstep as you will have to come off the nicotine replacement which is the worst withdrawal from stopping. You have this over you now and are in the thick of the mental battle as your mind is gradually working very hard to rewire, repair and recover. This process takes time and varies from each individual.

Have you changed your routine of when you used to have a smoke throughout the day? If not, definitely put a plan in place to do something you like or enjoy even if it is for those few minutes until it passes. This will help train your mind to a routine without smoking. Breathing exercises of breathing in for 5 seconds, breath out slowly and repeat a couple of times, take yourself to a quiet place to do this.

I cannot recommend enough about water, drink, drink and drink it especially when Mr Nico comes. Also, another thing a bit of a walk in a nice environment does wonders for clearing the head.

This journey is not an easy one, but so achievable. Be kind to yourself, lots of relaxing baths, facemasks, listen to your favourite music and allow alone time for yourself every evening or night.

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You are right and my Dr understands also. I am drinking so much water and walking and just adjusting my routine to different things I know it will get better. I was just so tired from fighting all this this morning it just got to me more than I wanted it to. Im am going forward doing it one day at a time. Thank you so much for your help and understanding

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Hey Queen. Please check out 5he smoking meditation on Insight Timer. It is the best cigarette you will 3ver not smoke.Then listen to some podcasts on addiction. This is your psychological addiction doing this to you. You still ,at some level believe that cigarettes complete you in some way. Honestly you are perfect without them.

Think back to when you were a child, what did you think of people setting fire to dried plants and putting them in their mouths. I thought they were stupid and they stank. I was right,

Over 2 months smoke free. Are you beginning to appreciate having more cash in your pocket. More time, less guilt? Better health? A cleaner house?

You are a grownup and it is up to you whether you smoke or not, but really, why would you?

I’m not making light of it. I sound like a total nonsmoker, but I have to have conversations with myself every single day about why it would not be a good idea to buy cigarettes. It really pees me off too!Mmx

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Everything you said makes total sense and I am still going about my day, working full time, taking care of my son, my normal day to day things. This smoking crap is soooo getting on my last nerve and I am willing to try anything to be done with the craving or feeling or whatever is the best word to describe it. It truly is a demon I am conquering it and even though I have my complaining and moaning times about it ithas not beaten me yet

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Moan all you want, it does help, I know

Mmx

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Surrender to the Craving. Acknowledge that it it real. Breathe through it. 7 minutes I’m on day 64 smoke/ nicotine free. I know what your talking about. It is not as severe for me as you are experiencing. Bottom line is that I have a Higher power that I’ve turned my addiction over to. He will make it possible to get through the cravings. I’m not ashamed to say that I’m an addict. If it was easy to quit you and I could’ve done it years ago with ease and without and discomfort Work Step #1 of the 12 step program It helps.

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Thank you. Made it trough yesterday. Working on today

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I know exactly what you are going through! I quit in October so getting close to 6 months. Trust me.... it's not the nicotine you are craving, it's the whole habit and everything that went with smoking. I'm finding it hard because spring is coming. I smoked outside so I looked forward to warm weather and sitting outside with a coffee and cigarette. I literally drool when I think about it. Every new first you have after quitting will be hard. I suspect ill go through the same with summer. I'm told that once you get through those "firsts" it gets much easier! I'm actually beginning to believe it. You are doing great! Especially cold Turkey! I used champix but that caused a whole slew of other symptoms. Like Roison said, you would be back peddling if you started a NRT. I think you would find that it wouldn't relieve your symptoms. I sometimes think I'm loosing it because the desire to smoke is so strong but still hanging in there. Good luck to you, you're going to get through this. You've already gotten to 3 months so obviously you are a strong person.

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Thank you. I just keep trying

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Me too...

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