I quit 5 months ago but the urges are so bad I'm afraid I'm not going to make it.
First breath and think what will it change not a darn thing! Do you really want to experience the early days all over again? That's what going to happen if you wake up those nicoreceptors in your brain. Hold on for dear life to your quit you've made it so far! Why give in now? Is there anything in particular causing the urges? Hungry, tired, bored, stressed? Figure out what's causing it and please KNOW that smoking is not the answer!
Hang in there, don't give in. Do what you have to do shake it off. Get up go for a walk, jump up and down. Put your head in the ice box to cool your thoughts down, If it keeps up bite into lemon rind and all. I resorted to that one time and let me tell you one time is all it took and I will NEF (never ever forget) thay bite in that lemon. All I do now is think of the lemon and shakes the craves. Really think do you want to give up 5 months for smoking. I don't think so. You can do this NOPE!!! (not one puff ever) gets you freedom success.
You can do this quit, deep breaths, go for a walk, give your head a few shakes and tell yourself as many times as you need to that you don't smoke anymore because you've made it through 5 glorious smoke free months and you can through these rough patches too because S.I.N.A.O - Smoking Is Not An Option. Hotshor5528 hang on tight to the best gift that you'll ever give yourself which is the gift of LIFE !
Why did you quit?
Have you been fighting quitting the whole way?
What do you think is pushing you to smoke?
Isn't it simply the memories connected to smoking?
You've come so far.
Put on the cloak of willingness and move forward.
When those craves hit, DO something! Anything! Sing out loud, march in place, take a deep breath of air from the freezer, let ice cubes melt in your mouth, think of the name of a city for each letter of the alphabet...
Just don't let that smoking thought rattle around in your head unchallenged.
You should be at the end of this phase of your quit very soon. Hang in there - it gets easier!
I tell you one thing - were you to relapse, you would regret it before you even put the first Sickerette out and you would keep on smoking anyway and you would find it harder than ever to Quit again and none of the problems in your life would be one iota better! How do I know? I've done it! Don't go there!
Digging in when things get tough is the difference between smobriety and Recovery! It hurts sometimes to recover but in the end it's worth it!
Welcome to EX. You have come to the right place fto continue your quit journey. You are at a rough spot.. It can be challenging at times but you will learn that it is doable if you adhere to NOPE not one puff ever no matter what.
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Look at all this great support , hope you well give a little up date this helps us , and you help others who may be struggling with their quit
I would just like to ask you to please , believe in yourself , don't say you don't think you can make it . Words have power, and the conversation you have with your addictive self are key . Not unusual for these thoughts to come along at this time, don't give power to it like Nancy said get busy . You are going forward not backwards
Please don't quit on your quit you know you will regret it !!! Tell us how you began your quit and how you have maintained it for 5 months and when did you began to feel like you were losing it . Write it out it and let us know how you feel it will not only will help us to help you but may help you too !
The thoughts you allow to roam around in your head have power ,so change your thoughts think positive thoughts the minute the old addict inside starts talking to you ( I call it the Nicodemon hahaha )You must keep a sense of humor too ! Hang in there and congrats on your fantastic 5 months of freedom !!!
Together we are stronger !
Welcome to EX...where have you been the last 5 months and what have you been doing to stay quit? This is a journey, my friend, there are no shortcuts. We all have to do our homework and then keep doing it and keeping our quits one day at a time. Hotshor5528 I don't know anything about you or your journey but I can tell you that we are all here to help and that we want very much for you to be successful in your quit.
Stick very close to this site, and read read read all the awesome info our Elders on here are giving us! I knew also what smoking could do to my health, but it wasn't until I really understood the Addiction part of all of this, that I could finally quit and get through it one day at a time! Stay close and blog!
You have 5 months of freedom!! Please don't give in to that niggling little voice that says you want one!
We are all here for you! Please get some ice water, or take a shower or read a book, but keep yourself distracted.
I find doing puzzles helps. Deep breathing, whatever it takes to get you through it.
Please don't give up on me. I have COPD STAGE 4. There are no more stages. I have to stay smoke free. I don't know how much longer I have, but I want to stretch it as long as I can. Even with this weight on my sholder I'm still having trouble. I feel like I'm a hopeless case. I have a large family but they just don't seem to understand. I'm hoping here I will find the support to stay smoke free. And maybe I can give support to anyone who will listen. So I'm 5 months and counting. I haven't figured the site out yet, but I'm working on it. Thank you for listening.
Quitting smoking is the best thing to do for COPD. 5 months is a long time but how long did you smoke? Many of us here smoked for 30 or 40 years. The urges will get fewer and fewer in time. Be proud of your accomplishment and have faith because it will get better. You have made it through the toughest time already.
You HAVE to make it. You HAVE to hold on. Period. Smoking cannot be an option for you. Not any more. Not with Stage 4 COPD. You must close the door on the possibility of smoking. And you do that by accepting your choice to not smoke. THE POSSIBILITY DOOR
We are here for you, come here often and read and blog! This site and the wonderful souls on here, is what is keeping my quit going strong! I'm so glad you found this site, I have a feeling things will get easier now that you joined the group! So much info here to teach us about the addiction! You're strong and you can do this!
Hotshor5528 Just so you know, there is not one person on this site who is going to give up on you...not ONE We all want very much for you to be successful. We have been where you are, struggling and thinking we cannot possibly make it. You have a great deal to stay quit FOR...stay quit for YOU! YOU are worth it, you are worth every uncomfortable moment you may go through, it WILL get easier and smoking will do nothing FOR you, only TO you...clearly, you already know that. Stay as close as you can to the site, read blogs, write blogs, play around...it is the playing around that will help you to find your way. I am not exactly a tech savvy person and I am taking my exploring on this site the same way as I am taking my quit...one day at a time. Reach out to other EX'ers, read what they have written, go to their pages and read what they have written and how they get through things. I am sorry your family is not more supportive but please remember that YOU own your quit and you are the one who has to take care of it, one BREATH at a time. I have COPD, had both of my upper lobes surgically removed in November of 2015, shortness of breath and fatigue are my constant companions along with chronic pain. If I can do this, and make no mistake, I AM doing this, ANYONE can.
Wishing you all of the best,
You do have the strength to do this. You don't HAVE to smoke. That's something smokers do.
This is all about choice...make the right one.
Keep on keepin on,
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How are you doing Hotshor5528 ? Let us know if things are going better for you since you wrote this blog a couple of days ago we're all hoping you chose to push through the rough patches and choose N. O. P. E. - Not One Puff Ever will give you a beautiful smoke free life.
We won't give up on you - EVER!
Just don't give up on yourself!
How are you doing today?
Hey! You don't do that anymore, remember? Get a hard candy, stick your head in the freezer, suck a lemon, take a nap, go for a walk, mow your neighbor's lawn. Hell, mow MY lawn! Anything but smoke my friend.
God bless us all!
Hotshor5528 Where have you gone? We're all here hoping to support you in any way that we can. You have come this far, you certainly do not want to go back to day one. I would like to make the supreme sacrifice and offer MY lawn as well. You could vacuum my house since I am not allowed to do that...we could keep you so busy that you will not know what happened to that crave or ALL of those craves. Just LOOK at all of the people here who are reaching out to you!
Remember your why!!!!!! Don't forget to look back and reflect on WHY you wanted this quit in the first place. Remember how hard it was to get here. You don't want to do that again.Remember you are strong.Remember you are worth it.
Remember every single day might be a fight, but it's a fight you can win.
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