You don't want to fail and relapse back into addiction, do you? I don't think you do. In reality, all it takes is one drag. I think that's the last thing on your mind. If you're like me, you're FED UP with it all, and READY once and for all. But you can't do it alone. You're going to need some help.
If you try to be a hero and do it all by yourself without any help you will ultimately fail and go back to square one over and over. Why go that route? Not only does it drive you crazy, but it's extremely painful, too. Withdrawal is not fun at all. It will make you hate your life, your day, and every minute until you decide to give it all up.
It doesn't matter if you relapse a couple of times. That is very common among all people who try to quit. But keep at it, and jump right back on that bandwagon. Don't think it's too late, because you're never too old.
A strong nicotine craving can catch you completely off guard when you least expect it. Triggers often do this. You may even notice yourself reaching for that cigarette, yet you are powerless to do anything about it.
You lost focus and your addiction overpowered you. You didn't care about relapsing, because your mind played tricks that were too powerful for you to fight against. The withdrawal was too strong at that moment and you gave in. Sound familiar?
In order to successfully stop, you MUST never lose focus. Concentrate and think about how you DON'T want to smoke. Do this all day and all night long. After a few months of quitting you'll begin to forget about tobacco.
It's OK to think those thoughts, as everyone does. But you can't be scared of the future. The future holds so many bright things, you shouldn't be worried about your next fix. You should be EXCITED about living a healthy life.
I know it's hard. Do yourself a favor and take one day at a time. Don't worry about the wedding you have to go to next summer. Don't worry about those plans you made next weekend. Don't even worry about tomorrow! Just concentrate on what you're doing RIGHT NOW and forget about the future. Take baby steps or you'll freak out.
#4 -- WRITE A JOURNAL - This is almost as valuable as the method you choose to quit. It helped me a TON! Even if you don't like to write, or you feel you aren't a good writer, it's still important.
The first day of quitting and every day thereafter, write down your thoughts and feelings about how the day went for you. How do you physically feel? Is the mental game challenging? What's going on inside your head? Are you angry?
There are countless questions to ask yourself.
I began on Day 1 and wrote a page of notes everyday until day 35. It was therapeutic in so many ways. There were days when I couldn't wait to get home to write down my thoughts and feelings. I vented out all my frustrations onto that page. I noticed as the days went on, my frustrations occurred less frequently. I was becoming a more happier person. You'll see if you try it.
I recommend writing a journal of your battle against your worst enemy 100%. It's a GREAT, and VALUABLE tool.
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