reply to post by jensouth31
I have found that the third day is the hardest. Once you get past it, the nicotine addiction gets easier.
As a quitter before, mind if I offer advice?
One of the hardest parts of quitting is not the nicotine addiction, it is the physcial addiction. The soothing parts of lighting up a cigarrette and
drawing on it.
Pay close attentions to your cravings to light up. I can gaurentee they coincide with when you would smoke. While driving, while talking on the phone,
after dinner, etc.
When you see the pattern, then you can start avoiding it, and understand what it really is. If worse comes to worst, then you can order non-nicotine
herbal cigarrettes off the web.
Also, find something to replace the physical habit. I actually quit using a yo-yo. I never yo-yoed before. So when I got an urger, I got intent on
learnign to use that yo yo. I carried it in my pocket everywhere. I would use it standing in line, at home, anything to distract me from focusing on
the craving. And it really worked.
I know people who have had the same success using sunflower seeds. Because peeling them and eating them one by one keeps your hands and mind busy.
Then there is also cleaning, knitting, etc.
Everyday I didn't smoke I put a big red X on the calendar. It was like a sticker in kindergarten. It was a mark of pride. Plus it helps you realize
that it is one day at a time, hour by hour, minute by minute. So you don't get overwhelmed by the overall picture.
It got to where my friends came over they liked to check out my calendar. It helped them realize my progress, and how far I had come.
Best of luck to you. Just breaking down and having one doesn't ruin everything. Just like one cookie ruins a diet, it was the overall binging. Just
immediately start over, make a mental note what caused the relapse, and keep going.
And maybe tomorrow you can give yourself a big X.
P.S. let your friends and family know you are quitting. And give a big message to try to avoid any stressors for you.