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Zoerose
Quit 3 days 23 hours ago posted 3 days 5 hours ago
It is me Zoe, and I ha e had a relapse... Was about to go down to step one patches but ended up buying step ones instead of step 3's. Then I did not have any patches and had a slip, but it is never really a slip for me, goes into a full relapse. Then into a bit of a depression. Smoke todà and yesterday but back on the step one patches. Just trying to use it as a learning experience, and know I just have to stick with the patches for as log as I need to. And always remember SMOKING MAKES ME MISERSBLE!!
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 3 days 4 hours ago
Oh Zoe don’t beat yourself up … you are back on board ❤️ Don’t rush yourself to get through your cessation steps … we are all different and I took extra time with meds and patches. My doc told me do what it takes to stay smoke free so I let the guilt go. You must too! Tap into the quit coaches help as well if you are comfortable doing that .. stay connected and believe me, we do not judge anyone ❤️
Frankie B Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 weeks 6 days ago Commented 3 days 4 hours ago
That’s ok Zoerose! You are going to kill it this time! I know what you mean about the whole beating your self up when you relapse . I quit for 7 months and then started full blown this last July . I would sit there in the mornings with my cigarette and hate that I was smoking again. I started hiding it from people as I always do when I relaps.I quit again 2 weeks ago .It’s a heck of an addiction that gets the best of us. I will be cheering you on as you slay this beast once again !!!! Last time was just practice for this time. This time is going to be the last !!!!🤗❤️
Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 3 days 4 hours ago
Hi Zoe,

We all have set back during our quit journey. Don’t be upset. The thing is get back on track and Keep NOPE. Thinking of why you want to quit to remind yourself no one puff or two. Stay longer for step one is not a shame. I am even close to six months I still using step 2 during the work day. As I need time to adopt the new job and the stress.

So Don’t be harsh on yourself. Give yourself sometime. The quit journey is day by day, week by week and month by month.

Cheer you up and keep NOPE

Now I stopped visiting the little store. And I follow GM said NOPE is only way out. You had one then you want more. It is never end until you get hook again. So don’t let the addiction comes alive again. It is not too late.
QuitCoach Elke Log in or register to post comments
Quit 27 years 8 months ago Commented 3 days 4 hours ago
Zoe, your are right, quitting is all about learning, what works and what not and to try to find ways that help you to continue with your quit. As long as you keep going for another quit, you can become a non-smoker.
Wishing you success with your quit!
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 8 months ago Commented 3 days 3 hours ago
What you said in your post makes perfect sense to me Zoe!

I have always disliked the word 'slip' because first of all, it's not something accidental. It's a deliberate action resulting from not being able to stay fully focused in your early quit - weary of the early struggles. It can often be the first step to full relapse; as you have experienced yourself so don't beat yourself up about what happened - it's more common than you might think!

It's the whole point of N.O.P.E. (Not One Puff Ever). If your don't take that first puff, you don't have a 'slip' and you don't risk sliding into full relapse.

When you have a relatively new quit started and you reintroduce smoking, even just one, you effectively reverse much of what you have done during your early quit. You were already on the edge which is why you chose to light up again. After that 'slip' the quit journey, which was on flat ground before, just became a mountain to climb. It's more than many can handle and as you put it so well, sadness, disappointment and depression follows.

You're wise to use this as a learning experience and start over again right away. Never forget the details of this experience and how it made you feel. You CAN benefit from this and propel yourself forward to a life long quit and I can tell you from personal experience, there's nothing that will make you feel more accomplished than quitting for good! Set that as your goal and don't let anything put you off course again.

Stick around. Lean on the coaches and community. That's important. Participate as well. When you do it helps you as much as it will others to share your experiences - trust me on that; you'll see!
Lurking in the background does not help you or anyone else.
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 7 months ago Commented 3 days 2 hours ago
Zoe, there's no such thing as failure here, you learn by your mistakes and apply them to your next quit. Relapses are a precursor to a more permanent one and you are stronger than you think. Just move forward knowing you're never alone. We'll all be here to back you 100% and help you get back on track. Good on you starting over again, that takes a lot of courage on your part and I really believe that you're going to succeed soon. Hugs, Lucille.
CWilky Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 weeks 5 days ago Commented 2 days 11 hours ago
Hi Zoerose!! You sound like you know what you need to do and I have full confidence that you will just pick up where you left off. So glad you are on this forum ☺️
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Quit 3 days 23 hours ago Commented 2 days 6 hours ago
Thankyou everyone!! I have not smoked today!! And patch is staying on guilt free. Like you say Liz anything to stay smoke free. And yes definitely is no such thing as one puff, just starts the snowball rolling to becoming addicted again. And the moment I commit again and put that patch on to stay I feel so much better with in myself. A but stressed about work this week as I have to work with a new girl, and struggle with social anxiety, so new accounted make me nervous. But reminding myself smoking will not help or change anything, it will only make me feel worse. Keeping NOPE.
Darren1980
Quit 4 weeks ago posted 3 days 6 hours ago
Congratulations on each milestone for Era (2 months), Beanie57 (7 months ago), Sabritas@sabrosas (10months), Liz S ( 1year), Greg D ( 2yrs), and others. Also, big hugs to those who are suffering difficult times during quitting cessations. Without 1,000 words, I would like to support you in my heart and soul.

Day 11- 22: A domestic War
On Day11-22, I dealt with so many things. It was a Domestic War: my part-time study with a quiz each week and the mid-term exam; a speech therapy; counseling; a coaching session; some work stress. The most difficult challenge was fighting against a little Dracula - BEDBUGS. Keeping looking at their infestations and using chemicals in any spots was daunting.

Fortunately, the domestic war did not affect me to have strong urges. Sleeping 6-11 hours a day and drinking lots of water keys were keys. I was taking deep breaths when I felt like smoking so that the oxygen functions tobacco.

Day 23-25: A progress toward victory
I am free for several days. No quiz until Oct 26. No mid-term exam. Yesterday, I found the bed bugs infestation in one of the bed frames. I killed all the stage bed bugs – eggs, nymphs, and adults: 30-40 of them.
No more adults. I will remove the whole frame this weekend. Until then, I ought to keep spraying a chemical to eliminate eggs and nymphs. The box spring and mattress would be safe as I have the bed bug mattress cover. Thus, Fighting against the vampire is becoming a triumph to me - another Van Helsing. lol

Cravings were slowing down. Yesterday I used the smoking gum one hour after I had dinner. Washing dishes and doing other stuff was a huge help delaying an hour chewing the nicotine gum. As a result, between 6 pm and 2 am last night, I used only 3 gums.

Linda - my coach, thanks for contacting me yesterday about how I am doing. I will talk to you more this Thursday!

For everyone: Just for today, Step by step, one by one Higher and higher. Step by step, rung by rung. Climbing Jacob's ladder...
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 3 days 5 hours ago
Darren I love reading your posts!!! These will be such an inspiration for those who follow you. I love that you are so present with your quit … I have done the same thing and for me, understanding the demon and how my brain works under the influence of my addiction kept me in the game. I don’t take any day for granted because I know that little addict bugger is just waiting for me think I’m home free 🤣. Sorry about the bed bug thing … lived that nightmare in the 80s. You sound like you are very busy and driven and I look forward to your next update! Congrats on almost hitting a month!!! 🎉🎉🎉🎉
Frankie B Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 weeks 6 days ago Commented 3 days 5 hours ago
Congratulations Darren !!! Almost one month it really is a big deal ! I’m sorry the bed vampires have been feeding on you. I’m happy that you could find your inner Van Helsing lol 😂. It sounds like your days are very busy and I hear you on the stress factors. Yes day by day is the only way . Again congratulations on getting through month one Darren. She can be a doozy!🤗
Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 3 days 4 hours ago
Darren you are such a warrior. Overcome a lot of difficult time. I know the bed bug is a horrible nightmare. I hope you can find a effective way to solve it.

Cheer you up and Keep NOPE

Don’t give up. Hope is always out there
QuitCoach Elke Log in or register to post comments
Quit 27 years 8 months ago Commented 3 days 4 hours ago
Sounds like you got through that week like a real warrior, dealing with everything that was coming your way! That shows strengths and determination Darren1980. Facing cravings and challenges one moment at time is a great strategy. Congratulations on being almost a month smoke free!
sabritas@sabrosas Log in or register to post comments
Quit 9 months 3 weeks ago Commented 3 days 3 hours ago
OMGoodness Darren
You have been through so much this last month! I have no idea what Van Helsing is I will have to look it up later. How are you feeling physically after quitting for 1 month? Aside from the loss of sleep from nasty critters of course.
You are doing so great and I am very happy you posted and let us all know how things are going for you. I guess the battle is still raging but the further you get from your quit date the easier it gets. I wish you a wonderful week ahead!
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 7 months ago Commented 3 days 2 hours ago
Darren, keep fighting the good fight. You'll be ready to tackle whatever comes your way and I know you're going to succeed because you are stronger than you think. 3 weeks and 4 days is outstanding. Congrats. Hugs, Lucille.
Stanley
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago posted 3 days 6 hours ago
Hi Beanie,

How is your day with your son? I think it must be a wonderful day. Keep us update.
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Frankie B Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 weeks 6 days ago Commented 3 days 5 hours ago
❤️
Beanie57 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 months ago Commented 2 days 17 hours ago
Hi Stanley, my son never made it. He broke down on the way here from Port Alberni. There was white smoke coming out of his truck hood. He had to pull over and call a tow truck. He called me from home. He was safe which was all that mattered. I had been so excited but I’ll see him next weekend. Thanks for asking Stanley
Stanley
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago posted 3 days 7 hours ago
The sneaky thought 💭 arise at 3:00pm after I prepared my dinner. I won’t visit the little store anymore. I used to be there because of buying a pack of cigarettes. Now I don’t give in. I don’t need to go there anymore. I know the thought will gone. It takes time to let it go. I need to be patient. Keep NOPE is the only way out. Like GM said it is simple but not easy.

Cheer everyone up and keep NOPE

Stand firm to say no to nicodemon
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Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 3 days 7 hours ago
I keep reminding myself why I quit. One of the important Reason is not being slavery by the cigarette and nicodemon. So no more and enough is enough.

Cheer everyone up and keep NOPE always
Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 3 days 6 hours ago
Finally the craving and thought 💭 were gone. I am free now. I won the battle again. We never surrender keep fighting with the nicodemon. I will send him back where he is.🧐🧐🧐🧐🧐
Darren1980 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 weeks ago Commented 3 days 6 hours ago
Stanley. Thanks for updating on how you are doing. Keep up doing your great work. Soon, you will have half-year mark!
QuitCoach Elke Log in or register to post comments
Quit 27 years 8 months ago Commented 3 days 6 hours ago
Stanley, keep going fighting one craving at a time. You know that they will pass. I like that you celebrate each win over the cravings and that this gives you confidence, that you can face the next one. You can do this Stanley!
Cheers to you and NOPE (Not One Puff Ever)!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 3 days 5 hours ago
Hi friend. I think that’s a great idea not to go to the little store for now. You are so close to six months Stanley … you are doing this!
Frankie B Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 weeks 6 days ago Commented 3 days 5 hours ago
Yes patients is key I think !!! You are doing so great Stanley ☺️ I have good days and bad but it slowly gets easier.
Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 3 days 4 hours ago
Thank everyone it is close to 7:00pm about shower time. I think I am safe today from nicodemon. I stopped myself to go to little store. This prevents myself to buy a pack for a puff or two. Last quit was Jeopardize buy few cigarettes. Finally wake up my addiction came alive again. I spent almost five months to stop myself and start another quit. I don’t want to give up. I will win back inches by inches everyday from nicodemon. And I will send him back to where he was.
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 8 months ago Commented 3 days 3 hours ago
"I keep reminding myself why I quit. One of the important Reason is not being slavery by the cigarette and nicodemon. So no more and enough is enough."

Fabulous post Stanley!
This is also my motivation in staying quit. I NEVER want to be a slave to my nicotine addiction again .... NEVER!!!
Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 3 days 3 hours ago
Thank Green Meenie

Your word is so powerful and have a insights.
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 7 months ago Commented 3 days 3 hours ago
Stanley, you've got 5 months and 3 weeks under your belt. You're going to be a healthier and wealthier man when this is all over and your family will thank you for it. Just stay on the road your on and if tempted, look the nicodemon in the eye and tell him in no uncertain terms that you're now a non smoker and don't need him anymore. Tell him to shove off, you have control over him not the other way around. Hugs, Lucille.
kay
Quit 1 week 5 days ago posted 3 days 9 hours ago
Hi everyone. After 50 years, I've quit smoking. It hasn't been easy. My most effective tool has been vaping. I don't think I could do it without it even though I really don't use it alot. I also smoke weed, which helps too (when I have it). Another effective tool for me is poverty. When you live on very little, and im flat broke 2 weeks of the month, t's hard to buy cigarettes at retail prices.
Which brings me to my next hurdle which will be stopping myself from buying a pack on Wednesday.
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 3 days 7 hours ago
Hi Kay. You have a week in now congratulations 🎉🎉🎉. It may be a hurdle, but you have been strong … you can do this! Plan a special something for yourself on Wednesday to replace buying cigarettes … I am so glad you are here with us 🤗🌹
QuitCoach Elke Log in or register to post comments
Quit 27 years 8 months ago Commented 3 days 6 hours ago
Hi Kay, Congratulations on quitting smoking after 50 years! It is never to late to quit and doing it after 50 years is inspiring and shows a lot of strength and determination. Liz has made a good point: finding something special to do on Wednesdays can be a great way to take your mind of buying a pack. There is always something better that you can do. Talking yourself out of buying a pack and having other activities to take the place of smoking can be helpful. Keep going and belief in yourself!
kay Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 week 5 days ago Commented 3 days 6 hours ago
I dont know what other people do, but when I want a cigarette, (and if I have money like this Wed) it's like my brain goes on auto pilot. I block out the objections and focus on the prize. I've quit other serious addictions, but this one is by far is the hardest.
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 3 days 5 hours ago
If you feel comfortable, give the quit coaches a call or live chat message. They are wonderful at helping to plan a strategy … you need to be ready to tackle this. We are all different in our quit methods, and for me I used the patches for my nicotine replacement until I could wean off. The BC government has some cessation programs available should you want to look at that … the quit coaches can fill you in on those too. I’m really confident that you have the inner strength to do this … you’ve done it before with other addictions and you can do this too!!! 🌹
Frankie B Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 weeks 6 days ago Commented 3 days 5 hours ago
Hi Kay ☺️I agree it’s not easy. Good on you for quitting after 50 years!! You should be so proud of your self❤️ It is a very hard addiction to escape but the the rewards are massive 🌄
kay Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 week 5 days ago Commented 3 days 5 hours ago
To Liz, I have nicorette and mini lozenges. I live alone and don't work so it's so hard to keep busy. I'm not in the best of shape, but I've started washing my walls which are sooo gross from nicotine. I have to change the water alot. Plus I've started crocheting again. I haven't done that in about 30 years.
But I might call one of the councilors.
kay Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 week 5 days ago Commented 3 days 5 hours ago
Thanks Frankie. It's nice to be encouraged.
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Quit 1 week 5 days ago Commented 3 days 5 hours ago
I might check to see if my town has a smokers anonymous. 😀
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 3 days 4 hours ago
Support is so important 😊. Your house is going to smell amazing when you are done. I know about being alone as my husband works long hours at his job, and I’m home (not working very much anymore) so it’s just us and our brains 🤣. I thought about learning to crochet too but haven’t jumped on that yet. I kept busy for the first few months cleaning over and over again. My Hubby was so happy with hotel sheets (our name for freshly cleaned sheets) every week 🤣. He loves that I switched addictions haha. I slept a lot too in the beginning. I could not wait until bedtime so I would be without anguish for a few hours. It will get easier little by little … just have faith in that thought and dream about a new you, smoke free.
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 7 months ago Commented 3 days 3 hours ago
Kay, you'll find the forum most helpful to your quit. Everyone here has dealt with hard times and we understand that it's not easy quitting when your only out is a cigarette to make you feel better. I have to be honest with you, it doesn't and I know you know better. Think of all the wonderful things you'll be able to do and the benefits are exponentially worth it. You just have to believe in yourself, you've already gotten past Hell week and are heading into your second week. Give yourself credit for that and reward yourself with the money saved. There's a reason why you came here today and that took strength and courage as you're asking for help. We're ready and willing to give it to you and as long as you try and do the best you can, how can we refuse. I smoked for over 40 years or more and I know how difficult it is to quit but I did it and so can you. Just give it a chance and if you relapse that's O.K. you learn by your mistakes and will apply that to your next quit. Call the Quitnow coaches at 1-877-455-2233 (Absolutely free) to formulate a plan that will work for you, say NOPE (Not One Puff Ever) and practice deep breathing to help you relax . You can also get free nicotine replacement products from your pharmacy if you are a B.C. resident and carry a B.C. medical card. Whatever you do don't ever give up, you'll reach freedom sooner than later and you'll feel so much better for it. Welcome to the forum and looking forward to sharing your journey. You're going to be O.K. Hugs, Lucille.
heidibk
Quitting in 4 days posted 3 days 13 hours ago
Hi
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QuitCoach Elke Log in or register to post comments
Quit 27 years 8 months ago Commented 3 days 10 hours ago
Great that you have already set a date for your quit. If interested, you can access Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products through you local pharmacy. You would need to bring your medical service plan card and fill out a form to access the free 12 week NRT program. Planing you quit can also increase your chances of quitting.
All the best for your quit heidibk!
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 3 days 7 hours ago
Hi Heidi 🤗. Welcome aboard and great job setting a date!!! We are all here for you if you need us for support 🤗🌹
heidibk
Quitting in 4 days posted 3 days 13 hours ago
Would like to quit to feel healthy and live longer for my family.
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Beanie57 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 months ago Commented 3 days 11 hours ago
Hi heidibk, congratulations on your upcoming quit. When I quit I started to feel healthier almost immediately. M cough disappeared so I wasn’t bothering the neighbours anymore. I used to smoke on the balcony so there was the sound of the door opening and closing and then my immediate cough. Another tenant near my unit swore at me because he said I was waking other tenants up at all hours. I used to smoke in the middle of the night sometimes. My coughing went from frequent to seldom in a short period of time. I was able to walk farther soon after I quit. This is great because I love walking. I’m not as wheezy. I have COPD so my chest was always pretty wheezy but it’s much better. You’ll find the health benefits are so rewarding. Are you going to use NRT? I am and find it quite helpful. I’ve smoked for over 50 yrs so I will take all the help I can get. That’s great that you joined the forum. You’ll find lots of support hear. It was great hearing from you
GregD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 11 months ago Commented 3 days 11 hours ago
Hello! Welcome to this place where you will be understood and, if you want it, helped. As has been said before by persons here, quitting is simple but staying quit is what we all deserve. Many many people have done it before us and have lived to tell the tale, why not us?? Can you think of any reason why you can't quit? If you can lets talk about it and work out a specific plan suited to your circumstances. Give a quit coach a call and hammer one out! 1-877-455-2233.
Or not, it's ALL up to you, but please remember your quit is primarily for YOU. Do it for you. We are all walking through this process together, choosing not to smoke (N.O.P.E.- Not One Puff Ever!) come join us. Cheers
QuitCoach Elke Log in or register to post comments
Quit 27 years 8 months ago Commented 3 days 10 hours ago
Welcome to the forum heidibk! Quitting smoking is the best you can do for your health. Smokers get more serious respiratory problems like emphysema, chronic bronchitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease called COPD and have an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Becoming a non-smoker can decrease those risks, and can help to stay in better physical health. Quitting can be a daunting task, but there is lots of help and support available to assist you with your quit. There is information through the QuitNow website and you can reach out through the chat and phone 1-877-4552233. Feel free to reach out for support.

Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 7 months ago Commented 3 days 3 hours ago
heidi, nothing says you can't beat this addiction. Through trial and error you'll learn to adapt and with determination and perserverance, you'll be ready to face your demon and send him back to hell where he belongs. There's no easy way of doing this but there are tools available to you through the forum. You may want to try nicotine replacement products, go cold turkey or call the Quitline (1-877-455-2233) to formulate a plan and to get excellent tips that will help you get started. There is a book that you may want to read by Allen Carr called "Easy Way To Stop Smoking". Give it a try, what have you got to lose and just do the best you can. Let us know if you need encouragement as well, as we'll all be here for you. Hugs and welcome to the Quitnow community. Lucille.
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Quit 9 months 3 weeks ago Commented 3 days 3 hours ago
Hi HeidiBK
I say DO IT
Quit for yourself and your family! It’s so worth it.
I quit for the same reasons. And over time my commitment to quitting is growing but also is my confidence that I don’t need smoking to be ME. Take care Heidi and good luck
Beanie57
Quit 7 months ago posted 3 days 15 hours ago
Hi Liz, hi Lucille. Liz where are you that you’re waiting for a flight home? And a cleaning job. Wasn’t it you that had a small cleaning business on the weekend? And was it with your sister? My memory is so faulty. Lucille, I’m so sorry to hear about your son. My god you’ve been through a lot! So you suffer from insomnia too. 3-4 hrs isn’t enough. How do you function? The medication I’m trying now is not your typical sleeping pill. The last one I had to stop because of my sleepwalking. And many others I can’t take because of my COPD. This one is an antidepressant which also works for insomnia and anxiety. It’s a good one for me to be on because I’m already on an antidepressant so the more the merrier. If this one doesn’t work then there’s nothing else to try. Why it worked so well the first night and not the second I don’t know. Will try it tonight. The dosage can be increased. My specialist said I was on it yrs ago and it was effective. Then why was I taken off it? Did it stop working? Anyway enjoy your flight Liz. And you take care Lucille
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Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 3 days 14 hours ago
Hi Brenda. I am in Edmonton. Was an quick trip. My girlfriend has a band and I am her merch girl/assistant road mgr (love helping her). It’s the funnest and most rewarding job I’ve ever had, and I do it to help her (secretly though it helps me too). We fly home at 2 and yes, I do a little cleaning for some friends’ businesses with my sis. Easy peasy cleans. Then home to be with my daughter and husband and dogs 👏👏. I hope you get some relief with sleep!
Lucille Brown
Quit 5 years 7 months ago posted 3 days 15 hours ago
I don't claim to have all the answers to your problems but I encourage you to keep trying as it is the best feeling in the world when you can say I'm no longer a smoker and I feel wonderful. Sure you'll still have stress and anxiety, and some days you'll crave a cigarette, these are a normal part of life, but smoking will only make it worse and only you can say wether or not you want to take control. This community is a haven for those of you who are having a hard time with your quit, sharing your thoughts with others helps and paying it back is as rewarding to you as it is to me. Please take time to yourselves when you need to but please don't smoke. It won't help, it's not a solution to your problem and will only make you feel worse. That's what I have to say and I'm sticking by it. Thanks for all your words of encouragement and for your help. ♥️👍🚭
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Quit 1 year 11 months ago Commented 3 days 10 hours ago
Good Morning Lucille, well said! The LAST thing we need are more cigarettes! YUK YUK YUK
Frankie B Log in or register to post comments
Quit 2 weeks 6 days ago Commented 3 days 4 hours ago
❤️❤️❤️Thanks Lucille 🤗
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 3 days 3 hours ago
❤️❤️❤️😘
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Quit 11 years 7 months ago Commented 2 days 7 hours ago
Always a pleasure to hear from you Lucille! Your supportive and kind words are always so appreciated and so helpful for many members in our Community! You are so right, stress is an inevitable part of life and smoking is not the solution. It will indeed create more stress and we have the power to take control of our lives and quit! This Community is such a wonderful safe haven for us all, thank you for being such a huge part of it! We congratulate you on being 5 years and 7 months smoke-free! Your 6 year smoke-free milestone is quickly approaching. What an amazing accomplishment Lucille, you must be very excited! We hope you are able to reward yourself for achieving such an incredible milestone! We thank for you all your dedication towards our Community! Wishing you all the best! ❤️
Beanie57
Quit 7 months ago posted 3 days 17 hours ago
Hi everybody. It’s Sunday morning at 2:30am. I don’t suppose any of you are up. I need some support so turned to the forum. I’m having a cup of tea and staring at the clock which isn’t helping. I am trying a new sleeping pill but it did nothing last night. The first night I took it I felt quite sedated and went to bed about 10. I fell right to sleep which was wonderful. I got up frequently but was able to get right back to sleep. I got up around 2 and made a salad and had some of that. Went back to bed and fell asleep. Wonderful. Slept for awhile then got up and made tea. Had that then went back to sleep. Didn’t get out of bed till 7 which is unheard of! Think I got about 5 hrs of sleep. Wow!! This new sleeping pill is great. Then Saturday night came. I took the sleeping pill at same time but felt nothing. Finally went to bed at 10 and layed there. Finally fell asleep but only for short periods. Very frustrated. Got up at 2:30 and as I said having a cup of tea. Wide awake. Before I started this new sleeping pill I was averaging 2-3 hrs a night. Not enough. So here I am posting, looking at my balcony. This is where I used to go to smoke. I want one badly. So stressed. Just one. I use my Nic Hit spray. It’s not working today. I used to go onto balcony and smoke and cough so hard it woke the neighbours up. I don’t care. I want one anyway. There aren’t any on the buffet where I used to keep them next to the balcony. I’m so frustrated. I need sleep. I can’t go back to bed. Wish I could text somebody but it’s too early. The balcony is right there. Don’t live nearby any stores that would be open at this time. I’m on foot so can’t go out to get any. What now? I reach for my tea. I’m trying to fight the cravings. If I can only wait till 6 when I routinely text my friend. I’ll get through this. I always do. But tonight feels different. If I could just have one . That would make my dilemma seem less real or so I’m telling myself. Do any of you suffer from insomnia resistant to treatment? How do you handle it? I practice sleep hygiene so don’t tell me to try that. It doesn’t work for me. My son is coming in a few hrs from Port Alberni. I’m so excited. But he’s a smoker. He’s so proud of me for quitting. We used to enjoy having a cigarette together and just talking. Am I going to be strong enough to resist this today? He’s a heavy smoker so will likely have a couple of cigarettes in front of me. I’m not taking my oxygen tank today. We won’t be doing anything strenuous so shouldn’t need it. If he could just see. He’s going to to end up like me some day. With COPD and an oxygen tank. I don’t hassle him about it though. I understand. He will quit when he’s ready. I can be an example for him. I will get through today without smoking. I’m at 7 months and don’t want to jeopardize that. I will treasure the time we have together and I will show him you can get through a day without smoking. I love him. Well, time to make another cup of tea. Thanks for listening. NOPE
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 3 days 17 hours ago
Brenda I am here 👋👋. I, too, didn’t sleep well the last couple of days, but I know what caused mine … late caffeine. Sleep is such a necessity and can cause despair and frustration and sadness … my husband suffers consistently from sleep problems too. He has not sought help and has resorted to pills again to help him, but they don’t work all the time either. And then he fixates on it and that makes his desperation worse 😔. Are you able to take sleeps during the day? I know the body and mind turn to cigarettes when we feel weak, and you are doing amazing by being aware of what’s happening to you! I know you have the inner strength to make it through these moments, because we have all seen how much you fought to get here. Smoking won’t fix it my friend. Breathe. Drink your tea mindfully. Have a bubble bath ❤️ Do something little to treat your awesomeness ❤️❤️ If you feel tired again, lay down and just lay there relaxed with your eyes closed. I’m sending you a huge hug right now ❌⭕️
Beanie57 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 7 months ago Commented 3 days 16 hours ago
Thanks Liz S. I felt so desperate to connect with somebody. Tried the Chat line but they don’t open till 9. So I’m relying on the forum. I’m having my favourite, a cup of McDonald’s coffee! My ex- husband bought me a whole big can of it because he knows how much I like my McDonald’s coffee. I tried to pay him back for it. I asked him how much it was and he said oh you don’t want to know! I had to go to the bank and take out a loan!! Lol so it was his treat. So here I sit savouring it, waiting for it to be time for my son to visit. We’re going to have a wonderful day. I don’t remember his visit when I was in hospital. He came down in his truck with his dog Luna and took me out on a day pass. He says he took me to a lake to enjoy and relax and he says his dad joined us there. I don’t remember any of this. Too bad I didn’t get pictures to refer to. Lol. He says I had a good time. I’m determined to remember this visit! I will take lots of pictures of my son and his dog Luna. I don’t know where he’s taking me yet. My daughter who has been a huge support through my quit and my hospitalization is going to be helping a friend of ours unpack in her new place. Our friend has just moved to the neighborhood which is great. She’s just around the corner now. She’s been a great support also. So it’s going to be a great day and I’ll try not to dwell on tonight. Thankyou Liz for always being there. Things change when your kids move away. You don’t see them everyday anymore. They have there own lives and try to stay in touch. I’m so lucky my daughter lives just down the hall from me in the apt. I usually see her everyday even when she’s working. When I tell her I’m having a craving she laughingly says, where’s your spray. Lol. Anyway, I’m going to enjoy my coffee and try not to stare at the incision I have on my right elbow from recent surgery. Have a great day Liz
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 7 months ago Commented 3 days 16 hours ago
Me three Brenda and Liz, don't think I've had a good sleep since my son passed away back in 2016. I'll be lucky to get 3 or 4 hours a night. Some nights, as like you, I toss and turn, keep looking at the clock and hope to heck I can get back to sleep. No such luck. I'll get up and have a cup of warm milk and just sit for a while quietly contemplating what we went through these last couple of years. Sleeping pills don't work as they make me irritable when I get up in the morning and make me feel like a zombie. Ha!Ha! Smoking wouldn't help as it would keep me awake even longer because it's not a sedative but a stimulant that keeps you alert. That's not a good thing, because once you start again you're a lot worse off then you were in the first place. Try deep breathing instead until you relax enough to fall asleep, get up and read a book and try to cut down on your tea as it is a diuretic, keep your room nice and dark, avoid watching television especially if it's in the bedroom, and you can also try soothing white noise such as listening to the sound of rain or a brook. Soft music can also help. Have a warm bath before bed and as soon as you feel sleepy get into your bed. Also avoid sleeping during the day, a nap is ok, say for 1 hour or so but a long extended one will keep you from falling asleep at night. They also say that melatonin, a natural sleep product that your body sometimes lacks may help. It can be found in your drugstore. Avoid alcohol before bed, stay active during the day, avoid large meals and beverages before bed. There are many tips that may work for you both. As for me, it's habit, I've been suffering from insomnia for a long long time, but I do have good nights and bad nights. Hugs to you both. I know how you feel. Lucille.
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 3 days 16 hours ago
Morning Lucille 👋. All three of us will get through today. Brenda I’m in a restaurant now drinking some great coffee!! That’s my new drug … the room coffee sucked 😂😂. We fly home today and then I am off to a small cleaning job. Sending you both an extra big hug 😘😘 and Brenda have the BEST SUNDAY with your son … FAMILY IS EVERYTHING (yes I’m screaming it and tired 🤣)
Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 3 days 11 hours ago
Hi Beanie,

Sorry to hear you that your insomnia. I know it is tough. Hopefully the pills work for you. I know the craving sometime is strong. Don’t try it . One puff only made you headache. Nothing else. You know what the craving will pass. Try to go on the Facebook or IG or YouTube to watch some videos or listen some soft music. I think it will help you better. Stay strong on your quit. You have been reached seven months. Don’t lose it to nicodemon.

Cheer you up and keep NOPE.

Stand firm to say no to nicodemon
Darren1980 Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 weeks ago Commented 3 days 5 hours ago
Beanie. Sorry that you had difficult times due to insomnia. Under the circumstances, you achieved 7 months. Congratulations! An achievement in tough times would be worthier than any times we accomplished. I believe difficult times would make us more strongly than ever before. Keep up the great work you are doing. "Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it.” — Helen Keller Cheers!
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years 7 months ago Commented 2 days 6 hours ago
Great work Brenda coming onto the forum for support. Such kind words from your fellow QuitNow Community members. Please know that our phone service is available 24/7. Quit Coach Assistant are available to support you during cravings even when Quit Coaches are not available. We hope you are able to get some sleep soon! So great to hear that your son is coming to visit and you are feeling proud to be a role model for him! Congratulations Brenda on being 7 months smoke-free, please continue to remind yourself how far you’ve come when the cravings arise! You’ve got this Brenda and we are here for you! Keep up the great work! NOPE ❤️ "My lungs need air not smoke. My muscles need stretching not cigarettes. My stomach needs nourishment not nicotine. My brain needs stimulation not a stimulant.""
Stanley
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago posted 4 days 7 hours ago
The sneaky thought 💭 came to my mind at 2:00 till now. I keep walking at my garage and went to wall mart to distract myself. I know it is not an urge. It is a little crave that recall me feed the nicodemon. I won’t give in and I won’t do it. Now I stop to visit the little store. I don’t want to try a puff and recall my addiction alive again. Keep fighting each battle.

Cheer everyone up and keep NOPE

Stand firm to say no to nicodemon
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Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 4 days 4 hours ago
Finally the 💭 thought was gone. It comes again after meal. The thought try to convince me to go to little store. But I won’t and I don’t give in. I will let the nicodemon dry and die. I will win back every inches from nicodemon from day to day.

The thought will go away I am waiting it gone again. I think I made it today after this crave.
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 7 months ago Commented 4 days 4 hours ago
Stanley always hang on to that thought. You're determination and perseverance will pay off and you'll be free to send the nicodemon packing. Hugs, Lucille.
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 4 days 4 hours ago
Keep strong Stanley!! 🎉🎉🎉
Stanley Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 months 3 weeks ago Commented 4 days 3 hours ago
It is over 7:00pm after shower. I am safe now not convinced by the nicodemon. I won the battle today. I will fight for tmr and everyday. Like GM said it is simple but not easy.

Cheers everyone up and keep NOPE

Stand firm to say no to nicodemon
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 8 months ago Commented 4 days 3 hours ago
That's all you can do Stanley. Stand your ground & fight the Nicodemon. Those cravings will gradually reduce in strength. It's such a slow process that you can not see the progress day to day but look back a few months and compare how you were feeling with the cravings then compared to now.
Just never let down your guard and one day, you won't be bothered so much by the Nicodemon!
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 8 months ago Commented 4 days 2 hours ago
Keep going strong Stanley. You can do it! With time, those "sneaky thoughts" will slowly fade away until you rarely think about smoking. Like Green Meenie said, it’s a slow process and the longer you go without smoking, the less intense and less frequent your thoughts of smoking should become. Keep moving forward, you are heading towards the easy days. You will get there. Take care.
Lucille Brown
Quit 5 years 7 months ago posted 4 days 13 hours ago
Green Meenie, if you need time to yourself, we understand. Sometimes it helps to step away if only for a while to deal with whatever it is you have to deal with. If we can help, you know we're here to offer support just as you have over the years I've known you. Take care of yourself my friend because you are appreciated more than you'll ever know. Soon you'll be celebrating your five year anniversary and I for one will still be here to congratulate you and celebrate your success. Much love, Lucille.
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Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 8 months ago Commented 4 days 3 hours ago
Thanks Lucille. Appreciate your concern but I'm OK for now. Will let you all know if that changes.
roxann
Quitting in 51 min 29 sec posted 4 days 13 hours ago
i’m post breast cancer treatment and hate that i’m addicted to cigarettes
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Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 7 months ago Commented 4 days 13 hours ago
roxann, I'm so sorry you've had to deal with that and I know how difficult
, when faced with adversity it is to quit. Coming to the forum and reading all the posts from others like yourself will give you the inspiration to do what you have to do to stay healthy and well. Just remember to reach out and take it one day and one step at a time. You may want to check into nicotine replacement products depending on your chemotherapy or what your oncologist suggests. Don't fret, either way we'll be here to listen, offer advice and help you through the tough times. If you wish to formulate a plan, the Quitline (1-877-455-2233) is open to speak with a coach at any time which may be very helpful to you. Hope you find it useful to your quit. If we can help in any way we can just reach out. Hugs and wishing you well again, Lucille.
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 4 days 4 hours ago
Roxann I am sorry too … addiction sucks and all of us here know exactly how you feel. I am so glad you showed up here … we are all ready to open our arms and support you. You can do this 🤗
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 8 months ago Commented 4 days 3 hours ago
Sorry you have had to battle cancer. There's little you can control when it comes to that other than to put yourself in the hands of medical experts.

On the other hand, quitting smoking and standing up against your addiction to nicotine is something you have absolute control over! It might just be what you need at this point? A challenge you have the chance to accomplish through your own hard work and dedication. You know; taking back your life!

The struggles are temporary but the benefits last a lifetime and you have much support with a forum like this. Both members and quit coaches who can provide a lot of insight as to what to expect. You have nothing to lose & everything to gain.
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 8 months ago Commented 4 days 2 hours ago
Roxann, we are so sorry to hear about the difficult time and the cancer treatment that you had to go through...We hope that you will feel better with each new day. We are so glad to have you here with us and congratulations on your decision to quit! As we know, recovery from nicotine addiction is a gradual process and may not be easy, but it is doable and you can do this! There are many ways to quit and different helpful tools that we can use. Like Lucille said, you may discuss with your oncologist about the nicotine replacement therapies and see what they may suggest you. You seem ready and you have already set a quit date in 4 days, that is so wonderful. How do you plan to quit? To get some ideas and tips on quitting, you may read other posts and you may also contact us via phone or chat. We will be happy to help you plan and prepare for your quit day. Keep us posted and let us know how you are doing. Take care.
GregD
Quit 1 year 11 months ago posted 4 days 22 hours ago
Just noticed your three year milestone DianneE!! Three times through the year is an absolutely wonderful accomplishment. Take a moment to think about and absorb what you have done Dianne. You were one year into your quit when I started mine. Man, was I ever envious!!! And I still am. Thank you for leading the way, you are awesome!
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Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 7 months ago Commented 4 days 16 hours ago
Thanks Greg for reminding us of Dianne's three year milestone. Congratulations Dianne on this huge accomplishment and thanks for sharing your success with us on the forum. When you first joined the forum, you weren't sure you could accomplish what you have, but you took the initiative and did wonderful with your quit. So so proud of you and thanks for your input, I for one appreciate it. Celebrate and have a good time. Hugs, Lucille.
Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 4 days 14 hours ago
Yay Dianne 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 enjoy celebrating this milestone!!
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 8 months ago Commented 4 days 13 hours ago
Yes! Congrats on putting the third notch in your no-smoking belt! Every milestone is a reason to celebrate your new smoke-free life!
judythebeauty Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 8 months ago Commented 4 days 13 hours ago
Way to go Dianne, congratulations!
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 8 months ago Commented 4 days 3 hours ago
jtb; long time no see. Hope things are well with you!
3+7mos - nice :)
Quit Coach Linda Log in or register to post comments
Quit 6 years 8 months ago Commented 4 days 2 hours ago
Diane, congratulations on achieving this amazing milestone! Three years smoke-free is a huge accomplishment. You have achieved something remarkable and is worth celebrating in big and many ways. Be sure to reward yourself for all your hard work and celebrate your success. Keep going strong. You are doing fantastic. Thank you Greg for reminding us of Dianne's wonderful milestone.
judythebeauty Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years 8 months ago Commented 4 days 1 hour ago
Yes, Green Meenie they are thanks. Good to hear from you. Yes, the long time, I know, on one hand although the forum helped me tremendously, I still have a very hard time with the quit, and the forum; it continually reminded me of smoking, so I tried to distance myself from the it. How are you? 4.8 not too shabby yourself!
JCH
Quit 3 weeks 4 days ago posted 5 days 11 hours ago
Here's my story.

I tried cigarettes for the first time when I was about 6. Gross! Dad left a pack in our camping trailer and I tried them - got caught. They were truly disgusting.
I swore them off until I was an early teen. Then "looking cool" around older kids started my road down tobacco use.
Through highschool - I "smoked when I drank" - which was every couple of weekends. I would share a pack, but would nmever bring the pack home. I didn't want to get caught and I didn't want the tempation.
In university, I moved out on my own, and socializing became more frequent and I wasn't living under my parent's roof - so my rules now. I began to buy my own packs, kept them around the house, didn't always have them on me.
My profressional life started and I began to smoke at work, but never at home. Smoke breaks were a social club for years and that continued from 1998 until 2006. I then changed and opted, for some reason, to no longer smoke at work, but just smoke at home. THe amount didn't change, just the times in which I had them. I would now condense my intake between 5p-12a as opposed to 9a-5p.
I've always, as an adult, smoked when I do certain things - play softball, play golf, at parties. But, I knew I had to quit, but didn't have the desire to quit - even knowing the damage I was doing to myself. At some point, during Covid and spending a lot of time by myself and dealing with my ongoing divorce, I knew I had to quit. I timed the quitting with my move so I could establish new routines and new and better habits.

Between when I started full time to today, I have quit 3 times totalling 5+ years. My last attempt was during a move and it lasted a year, but my then wife didn't quit and it make it difficult having them around. I was impressed with my 1 year, but less impressed when I pciked htm back up.

So, as I write this, I'm 20 days in - have had a few cravings, but nothing I couldn't address. What I am struggling with is the increased irritability I've noticed this week (week 3). I'm very snappy, short with my kids, etc. and they don't deserve that. They also don't know that I smoked (they're both under 10 and I hid if from them - as does my ex who hides both cigarettes and weed from the kids). So, I hope this irritability calms down soon...and it's the thing that gets me going and is the only thing that's lead to my major cravings/inlkings to go have a cigarette.

Fingers crossed.
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Liz S Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 months 3 weeks ago Commented 5 days 11 hours ago
Congratulations JCH 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉. 20 days in is amazing!!! They say 3 days, 3 weeks and 3 months are extra hard when we quit … maybe certain aspects of your new smoke free life are settling in, and the addict brain is not liking it? I am so impressed at how strong willed you sound! I get the feeling that you will be conquering this for good this time! Sounds like you are a super loving dad too … we are all here if you need us and the quit coaches might be able to address your irritability. You can live chat or call them and they are all great!! Thanks for joining us here!! 🌹🤗
QuitCoach Katerina Log in or register to post comments
Quit 11 years 7 months ago Commented 5 days 10 hours ago
Congratulations JCH on 20 days smoke-free! Welcome to the QuitNow Community! Thank you for sharing your story with us! Please hang in there, you've put in a lot of hard work into your quit and into setting yourself up for success! Please remember these feelings are temporary, please feel free to vent to us at any time, we are here for you! It can be helpful and motivational to reward yourself for all your smoke-free achievements, have you been able to reward yourself thus far? Quitting smoking is a BIG deal and your deserve to be rewarded! Wishing you all the best! 👏👏👏
JCH Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 weeks 4 days ago Commented 5 days 10 hours ago
My 3 week reward comes tomorrow - a special order-in dinner with my kids of all our favs!
GregD Log in or register to post comments
Quit 1 year 11 months ago Commented 5 days 8 hours ago
Yes JCH quitting is a BIG deal as Katerina mentioned and your quit should be protected at all times. Whether by making solid decisions on where or when you put yourself (keeping triggers to a bare minimum) or by predicting when mood swings will happen. If you are inclined there are nicotine lozenges or gum that you can pop to help you through those rough spots that most certainly will arise no matter how well we plan our days in avoiding triggers.
You are a seasoned quitter and know better than anyone what to avoid and what really really matters (your reasons for quitting).
As Liz has mentioned we are all in this together and sincerely look forward to your success. Cheers JCH
Lucille Brown Log in or register to post comments
Quit 5 years 7 months ago Commented 5 days 8 hours ago
JCH, when you're feeling a bit grumpy or feel like you're going to take it out on your kids, walk away from the situation. Go for a walk outside to calm yourself down or practice deep breathing if you can't. It will help you relax. You can also take a load off here on the forum, yell at us, take out your frustrations on us or let us know how you feel in the moment. Don't worry we can take it as we've all walked in your shoes and know what you're going through. Just take it one day and one step at a time, say NOPE often and remember to reach out anytime. We'll help you get through the rough moments and I promise they won't last long, they will pass and you'll feel much better for it. At 20 days, you're doing remarkably well considering the 1 rst week (Hell Week) is the hardest. Good on you. Hugs, Lucille.
Green Meenie Log in or register to post comments
Quit 4 years 8 months ago Commented 5 days 5 hours ago
The quit symptom that lasted longest for me was that hair trigger temper/irritability issue. It lasted longer than I would have liked. The only tip I can give you is that because you are aware of it and how it might affect your kids, just try extra hard to not blow off steam when they are around you. If you feel it coming on; step back and have a moment, take a few deep breaths then, get back in the game.

Sound like you have you stuff together with the quit thing. And for sure keep the demise of your 1 year quit in mind so you don't repeat that again. Remember just how bad you felt about it at the time will be a good motivator to not repeat it again.
And, you don't need crossed fingers either. All that's needed is commitment and determination.
Remember, there's only 1 rule: NOPE (Not One Puff Ever)
DianneE Log in or register to post comments
Quit 3 years ago Commented 5 days 5 hours ago
JCH, many of us experienced different negative emotions during our quit, would've been much easier to quit if we didn't. But it's all temporary, and thankfully none are long-term, it's just part of the quitting process. Try to take your mind off your irritability by keeping busy and active. Keep it up, 3 weeks is an awesome start!