08 Mar 2018
06 May 2018
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Hello Selina Marie
I can relate. for one year, I set a quit date and then panicked the night before and just couldn't jump off that ledge.
I quit by buying Nicorette and having it on hand, and then a snowstorm hit and I didn't have cigarettes. That was my quit day, March 5, and I've been going ever since - now over 2 months.
The biggest hurdle is quitting; then getting past those cravings. I used NRT - or nicotine replacement therapy to help me, and it worked. Of course, I still had cravings, and I also did a lot of preparation leading up to my quit - making a quit plan and thinking of what I would do to avoid triggers or deal with cravings.
Here are some ways I did it -
Drink lots of water. When you have a craving, drink water, at least a bottle
Deep Breathing - Take some deep breaths - in through your nose as deep as you can; out through your mouth - all the air. Do that at LEAST 10 times, and keep going if you need to. Do deep breathing as much as you need to.
Have at least one thought or thoughts to replace the focus on wanting a cigarette - I went through my reasons for quitting
NRT - for me it was nicotine gum, and later nicotine lozenges, which helped a lot with the cravings, and I would take this when I knew I would normally smoke or want a cigarette
Keep trying and let me know how you are doing!