I'm craving hard. So hard it's hard for me to connect with the reason I quit. It feels like day 3. I want to smoke but don't want to start over. Help
Just ride the crave, acknowledge it, and brush it off your shoulder. You will be just fine.
Hang in there!!! Don't give in , it would be awful to have to start over!! I'm close to day 40! I never thought I'd get past day 3!
Redsoxnut I have been thinking about you and hoping that you were/are doing okay, how nice to hear from you.
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beccalynn35 Try to reset your brain, either bite into a lemon, rind and all, suck on sour candies, stick your head in the freezer and look around, splash very cold water on your face. Drink a big glass of cold water, take deep breaths in through your nose, exhale slowly through your mouth with your lips pursed like you are blowing bubbles. RE-SET. After that, try to figure out why you are having such a strong crave. Come back, tell us how you are and don't go backwards...one second at a time if you have to!!!!
I advise talking to yourself tell yourself what you're telling us "if I fail I'm going to have to start over and I DON'T WANT THAT" absolutely refuse to fail! At this point you have to tell yourself "I don't do that anymore period" NOPE! I promise it's not going to make you feel better (I've tried it too many times) get you some bubbles blow them I especially like the scented bubbles blow and smell. Take a whiff of some vapor rub if you have some. Tell that crave to go away! Wash your hands take a bath, brush your teeth, brush your hair look in the mirror and love the beautiful smoke free person you see! You can get pass this craves don't kill, smoking DO!
You can't win a argument! with yourself, so stop having it. You made a decision to quit - now just HONOR it! No second guessing, no going back. You are not going to smoke NO MATTER WHAT!
Now get busy! Play a computer game, think of names of cities for each letter of the alphabet, march in place, take a shower, clean out a drawer, do a few jumping jacks, search for a recipe for something that sounds good for dinner later this week - then see what ingredients you need and make a shopping list. Distract, distract, distract!
You ARE doing this - believe you can continue and you are halfway there!
Hang in there - it gets easier, I promise!
This answer is the same as all of the above but with a little "fun" twist.......
You are engaged in a tug of war with a monster (addiction). The more you play with it....tugging back and forth.....the more power you allow it to have over your life.
Drop your side of the rope and walk away. Do not play with or engage the monster.
Do not smoke. It is simple but not easy.......but you can do it. Drop the rope.
Really? You want another Day One? Of course you don't. You have to remember cravings PASS. Get through tonight. Just get through tonight. Tomorrow you'll wake up and and say "Oh thank God I didn't cave." This is someone's nightmare. Don't make it your reality. smoke nightmare
What's the real reason you quit? Not to have pleasant breath, nice teeth, so you don't have to stand out in the rain - the reason you quit is because you're afraid what smoking will do to you. You've read enough about what it's done to others on this site, I would think. Believe that reality for yourself. THAT's why you quit smoking. You quit so you won't get cancer. You quit so you won't have to wear a little oxygen tube around your face while you carry around your oxygen tank with you in supermarkets. "What keeps me motivated to quit?I wanna stay quit for the freedom it will give me. Freedom from worrying about my health, and freedom of time."
Stop romancing the effects, the good things you think you got from smoking. Turn your focus and shut the door on the thoughts. Don't dwell there. DO something. Play a game, listen to music get up and MOVE. YOU have the power to control your actions. Act accordingly. You can do this!
Deep breathing close your eyes clear your mind breath in slowly exhale slowly keep repeating.
So many great ideas BeccaLynn! Do you see how many people are cheering for you? So will you decide on a dead leaf or will you decide to listen to your Friends? We're waiting to hear back from you!
We are here for you! head to the swings, go down the slide, call someone, think about little piglets, shake your head real hard, think of a baby giggling, try to remember the last time you saw a live non domesticated animal that wasn't a bird, find the exact center of a room, anything!!!!!
"Do you want to feel like you did on Sunday, or do you want to feel like you did on Wednesday?"
Remember this: That crave will go away whether or not you smoke - so choose to not smoke. You can get through this...no need to put yourself in a position of having to start over. Starting over is a lot tougher than riding this crave out.
And look! We are celebrating YOU on the Freedom Train today! Come and join in on the fun!
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