So I remain quiet, not able to keep up but watching.... I am a little sad because well.... once we give ourselves permission to smoke it makes it easier to give permission again. Please know this is not a judgement, only a wish for freedom for all who want/choose it. I live with a smoker and hope everyday that my love, my soon to be wife will choose freedom for herself. I guess I feel like if my EXample is ineffective to the one I live with who can I really help? Today I help myself.... please forgive me for stealing from others, but these words have helped me and I hope they can help others.... these and many other
Congrats on your first day of freedom!!!
"YOU are worth SO MUCH MORE than a cigarette" xo
A good read to understand nicotine addiction:
Helpful in the first few days:
The most important thing you can do is to educate yourself on what nicotine does to your mind and body. To that end, I highly recommend Allen Carr's “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” This is an easy and entertaining read He will tell you not to quit until you finish the book - ignore that!!.
The idea is to distract yourself through any craves. You can take slow, deep breaths, go for a walk, play a computer game, do a crossword, bite into a lemon (*yup, rind and all). Here is a link to a list of 100 things to do instead of smoke if you need fresh ideas:
The conversation in your head CANNOT be: "I want a cigarette. No! But - I WANT a cigarette. NO!" Instead, it needs to be "I want a cigarette. Well, since I have decided not to do that anymore, what shall I do instead for the three minutes this crave will last?" Then DO it!