I reread suggestions when to pick a quit date. I am on vacation till September. My quit date is 7/25. Am I setting myself up for failure?
Why would you think that? You have almost two weeks to do your reading, figure out your triggers and how you will distract from them, get your mind in the right place and then LAUNCH! I think that is plenty of time. If you won't be working, then you WILL have to come up with ways to reduce your idle time. Plan walks, maybe go to the movies, do some jigsaw puzzles, work in a crossword or adult coloring book, find a recipe on the internet to cook for dinner and go shop for the ingredients, maybe clean out that closet you have been meaning to tackle, or the garage? Just plan AHEAD of time how you will stay busy and you will be fine! Some here reported they had the cleanest house EVER after the first month of their quits!
Stay close to us- blogging your thoughts is important - glad you are doing that!
Using the 100 things to do list.
You are right - identifying my triggers, staying busy with mind and hand is helpful.
You are setting yourself up to begin your journey...you have plenty of time.
As long as you use the time wisely by reading, reading, reading that sounds just fine! You want and need to succeed this time no matter what! Meanwhile, Pay Attention
You CAN do this!
Triggers come during normal times and vacation times and stressful times and relaxing times........there is no BAD time to quit and no time like the PRESENT to just do it. You don't have to complete all the reading ahead of time. I read almost daily for my first six months......it helped me to read about quitting especially during craves. Pack your reading material along with a positive attitude for vacation. Jump right on in........quitting is the best thing you will ever do for yourself.
Do YOU think you're setting yourself up for failure? Set yourself up for success by planning on success. You've gotten good advice above. Don't doubt yourself and your abilities. And allow no excuses, such as "I'm on vacation, it's going to be harder to quit...." UNDERSTANDING EXCUSES
When I mentally forget about my support from Ex community, I put conditions and excuses in my mind. I am setting myself up to take that first puff. I have to remember that I am addicted and my recovery will be bumpy if I keep setting myself up with excuses and what ifs.
These cigarettes are just as greedy as uncontrollable drinking and compulsive credit cards.
Carr mentioned one thing that I experienced and became aware of, the cigarettes do make an individual lethargic.
You have the answers. You just have to accept and agree to them. Well, even if you don't accept the answers that you know are true, you have to agree to them. But it's a whole lot easier if you accept them first!
How far out the quit date is doesn't matter as much as planning. Do a lot of reading on nicotine addiction and what to expect once you quit. Get yourself in a good place emotionally and you will succeed come quit day.
7/25 is the perfect quit date! Welcome! Jump on in, the water is fine!
Only you can see inside yourself about your motivation, willingness etc. and therefor whether you are setting yourself up. Because smoking is an addiction, most quitters feel some anxiety about quitting--I did for sure.
But I chose my quit date because I'd made up my mind to quit--to give it my all(which I was not sure was enough at the time). My specific date came out of the math based on how many butts I had left in the carton(this is not the right or wrong way to decide, just my figuring). I knew when I read online advice suggesting to set the date not too far out, what was being said was: 'don't kid yourself about quitting by putting it so far out that it is more about delay than decision.' That made sense to me.
A few questions for you: what are your reasons for quitting, and how do you feel about quitting? Are you dreading it? Are you growing more confident?
Questions made me think and here is my responses
The reason I want to quit because I have beginning stage of emphysema.
In the beginning sad and afraid about quitting.
I am dreading my quit date because I am having to many excuses.
I am growing confident because I don't feel alone, I am washing my brain with different perspectives about giving up something that is killing me. Correction, Carr encourage us not to look at it as a sacrifice.
The quit date will have me going from theory to application. One thing I am not doing is praying along with blogging everyone.
Congrats and thank you for sharing... suggestions all the above and personally please take what helps and leave the rest... i pray using the serenity prayer.... God grant me the serenity to accept the things i cannot change, Courage to change the things i can and the wisdom to know the difference... also you have your phone to come to this site and blog blog blog BEFORE you take that first PUFF over you...great job loving yourself and CHOOSING for yourself life NOT and early death from nicotine slow poison...keep on keeping on WE WILL STAY QUIT TOGETHER NO MATTER WHAT... yahooooooo
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