no more smoking!
18 Jan 07
Hi there! I stopped smoking for new year after spending the whole of 2006 trying and failing over and over. I'm actually DOING IT now! It's been nearly 3 weeks and I haven't had a single puff. Even when friends around me have smoked I have really wanted one but I dont want another year like last year where i felt like i couldnt control my habit.I know it is easier to stay stopped than to start up again and have to quit all over again. The biggest helpful tip for me has been to really experience the cravings a few times. When you feel one coming on just sit still and feel whats actually happening. Then once you realise that it's merely an uncomfortable feeling , not a pain, not something you cant deal with, you'll be prepared for the next one! You can also count to 90 when you feel a craving and when you finish counting the craving will be gone and you can forget about it. Everytime you get through a craving it makes the next one slightly weaker! If you can get over the 3 day hump, your halfway there! It also helps to carry a drink around with you to sip from. Money saved so far: £72 !!!
• Calgary, Alberta
18 Jan 07
the main reason I quit was the money. I used the nicodurm patch,but it only helps,you must want to quit in your mind and mean it. if you think you can just take it a bit at a time,it will not work,once you tell yourself no more,start with the patch and do not smoke one more cig. this is hard,and I still get the craving once in a while when my depression gets bad,but I just say no. I have been smokefree for 15 years and very happy to have quit. good luck to you.