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Ive gone nearly 2 days without a smoke but im literally feel like im losing it . Crying alot . Feel more anxious. I just want a smoke so bad. I think im just going to buy a packet.

Everyone elses experiences?

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    Hello Kylie:

    I do not smoke, but have you tried the E-cigarettes they have a vapor and are safer than real cigarettes.



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      I have tried them in the past . But it only worked for so long . As soon as i socialize or get stressed i want a smoke a real one its been really hard.

      I know its bad but its always been my time out to go outside have a tea and a smoke and that relaxes me and gives me just that 5 or 10min peace from my chlilren. 2 girls always arguing

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    you already did 2 days, try go day by day. See if you can go to the 3rd... Be proud of yourself for not smoking for the last 2 days.

    If you think you need, get medication support( from your Doctor ) or emotional support , but don't step back, step foward.

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    Thanks everyone for your support .

    I caved just now just bought a packet i was losing it i was so cranky moody. I couldnt let my kids see me like that.

    I will still try though just not cold turkey. I will go see my doctor see what they can do for me

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    Kylie, I was a 2 pack a day smoker for 20 years and have now been smoke--free for 30 years.  I do not crave and was really over that mostly in a month's time but definitely in 3 month's time.  I was so fortunate, I met a psychologist who said to me "Smoking is a learned behaviour and anything learned can be unlearned."  So a friend of mine was also quitting at the same time and she did not do it the same way as me and she still craves.  I thought back to how I had learned to smoke.  There was a girl in my class in highschool who would between classes light up a cigarette and she looked like she had died and gone to heaven.  So I tried it and fainted.  But I kept at it until I too became addicted and I was a chain smoker.  So if you want to quit, I can help you but you are going to have to give it your full attention for at least 1-3 months, you are going to have to tell people closest to you so they can support you and you are going to have to learn to think differently.  The day I quit, I said to myself, "I don't know how I am going to feel when I quit so I can't tell myself I am quitting forever.  I will just quit for this one day and watch my thoughts, feelings and behaviour for that day.  Then I will try it another day and so on.  The first task in quitting is to write down how you learned to smoke.  The second step is to make a list of why you want to smoke and another list of why you want to quit.  That will get you started.  You also will especially the first day need to have a substitute like hard candy to suck on or cinammon sticks.  Every time you have the urge to smoke, you need to say to yourself "I used to smoke, now I am going to _______________whatever you have chosen.  I chose different things at different times.  The first day, the phone rang and I was unconsciously reaching around for my cigs.  I call these "anchor cigarettes".  There were only about 4 anchor cigarettes, the rest were just habit.  So I said to myself that day, "I used to smoke, now I am going to chew my pencil".  Another time  I said "I used to smoke, now I am going to go for a walk".  This is how you unlearn it and how you retrain your brain.  You cannot just stop it as you have done.  And I would avoid E-cigs.  I have heard of at least two people where they exploded in their face.  One young man was lucky he didn't lose his sight.
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    By the way, my cousin who smoked also thought they helped her de-stress.  She got an infection called sepsis and almost died.  At that time, the doctor sat her down and told her she had COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and if she continued to smoke she would die very quickly.  She was only told my her family doc that she had asthma and until that episode, she did not know she had COPD.  That was a wake up call for her.  She lost about 3 month's pay and struggled so hard to get back on her feet. 
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      Thankyou linda

      My dad also has copd. Its not nice

      Im getting married in august so thats stressful for me also organising everything

      My partner is also giving up with me but he is not very supportive in the way if i get moody or cranky. Says im overreacting. He expects me to cope with giving up really easily.

      I will have to give it a chance your way .

      My doctor has advised me to give up and i will definetly try my best

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      I found for me that it had to be my choice and my decision to give it

       up.  When people around me, doctors or boyfriends or whomever were badgering me to give up, I had no interest and dug my heels in further.  When I made the choice to try to quit, I said to myself that no one outside of me has to do this, it is my choice and they can have their choice.  And God or the universe has a sense of humour because as soon as I gave it up, all the smokers were all around me to test me.  But because the decision was mine, it was good that they were there because it strengthened my resolve.  I also found out that all those pictures of negative lungs etc that were to persuade me to stop just made it worse.  When I finally did quit, I did so for positive reasons.  My list of Why I Wanted to Smoke just had one thing on it - "There's nothing like the feel of a drag going down your throat".  Actually it is the feeling of breathing which smoking enhances because you can really feel it.  However, my second list of why I wanted to quit had more than one thing on it like- It's too expensive

      - I have to paint my apartment every two years because of the smoke

      - My clothes smell

      - I can't smoke in cabs

      - I am in the minority and I offend people with my smoking

      - (This one especially got to me) - Smoking controls me and I don't control it.  Grrrr! 

      - I am starting to get ill effects from it like extra systoles (in the heart)

      As you can see, that was enough to get me started.  The list for quitting was longer than the list for continuing so I decided to give it a try.

      I thought about learning to smoke was like a toddler learning to walk.  If you watch a toddler, they struggle to find their balance, they fall, they need support, etc.  They have to give the act of walking a lot of thought and attention.   But in a short period of time, they master it and they walk without even thinking about it.  That's because it has been programmed into the brain so you don't have to think about it, you can focus your attention on other things.  Learning to smoke is much like that.  So is learning to unlearn the habit. 

      So you have to be gentle with yourself if you make this decision to quit and treat it as a learning experiment.

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