Still not smoking - page 2
Well, it's been 12 days since I had my last cigg. I am doing pretty good. The only time that I want one is when I am arouind my boyfriend who smokes, but even then I don't want one all the time. Just... Read More
Jan 9, '03Occupation: Endless Joined: Sep '02; Posts: 81; Likes: 1Congrats to all of you quitters! I've never been a smoker, but I witnessed my husband quit, and my father fail (and suffer).
I'm a mind-body type, and something that I remember from nursing school comes to mind. While you are quitting, do not deny yourself the secondary gains that you got from your smoke breaks:
1. You got to take a break from what you were doing, and get a change of scenery for ten minutes. Do that!
2. You got to hang around with people with whom you have something in common. Do that! I have always been impressed by the ability of smokers to strike up conversation, while people sitting elbow to elbow on the bus will pretend the others aren't there at all.
3. You got to take some deep breaths, which is known to relax you. GO outside and sit on a bench and breathe deeply some fresh air.
That's all I can think of right now, but you get the picture. Offer yourself some other creature comfort when you would otherwise smoke. You deserve it -- you are going through a big challenge when you quit smoking.
Jan 9, '03Occupation: RN Specialty: 8 year(s) of experience in ER,med-surg, LTC, psych, dialysis ; From: US ; Joined: May '02; Posts: 338; Likes: 43Way to go!! you are doing wonderful, keep it up!
I had to quit smoking a couple of months ago due to my pregnancy and I am so lucky that it happened. I feel the difference - the breathing is better, my car doesn't smell like an ashtray. Now I am "corrupting" my friends at nursing school to quit too .
Jan 9, '03Joined: Oct '02; Posts: 1,079; Likes: 53anaclaire- You've said it well.
The longer you are able to refrain from the urge, the less freguently it will return.
Don't get cocky and think you are in the clear and can have just one. I quit once for 6 YEARS and relapsed by thinking I could control it.
I am now smoke-free for 12 years next month.
Last month I experienced a craving. I could have easily slipped but I knew from shear experience it would pass. It did.
Prior to that the last time I wanted a cig was on 9/11/1
It a very powerful addiction.
You can do it! We quitters will support you!
Jan 9, '03Occupation: ADON-LTC Specialty: 19 year(s) of experience in LTC, ER, ICU, ; Joined: Feb '01; Posts: 5,856; Likes: 36great news!
Jan 9, '03Occupation: RN, BSN-ER Joined: Apr '02; Posts: 152; Likes: 6Way to go -My Mom quit when I had her first grandchild (13 yrs ago) She saved all the money that she would have bought ciggarettes with and treated herself to vcation after a year! Keep up the great job!
Jan 10, '03Joined: Mar '01; Posts: 2,730; Likes: 602I too quit smoking almost 7 weeks ago. Last Friday while watching the Buckeye/Hurricanes Fiesta Bowl, I bought a pack and kept it in my pocket all night and never smoked one!!!!!!!