12 Aug 2019
01 Oct 2019
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Wow, 9 months atp? I hope you know what an inspiration you are!
I'm four weeks today, and I'm seeing benefits I didn't even know could be possible. I had to smile when I read about your boy quitting, as I had a similar thing with my 28 year old daughter on the weekend.
She told me that I'm an inspiration and my quitting has given her the incentive to do the same. Now, between us adults, my beautiful daughter has a bit of a competitive side … if mama can do it, she can do it. And I'm totally good with that!
To stay positive, I've really taken the advice I've received on this site (especially when I thought I wasn't going to make it), on board. Example, cleaning everything I own that smelled like smoke (good advice atp), taken up yoga and each week I spin the globe and wherever my finger lands, I learn a recipe from that country.
Not only do I try to replace smoking with something positive, I make sure I "learn" something new as this triggers dopamine in the brain (something nicotine has been doing for years).
When a craving gets hard, and it still does, instead of fighting it, I switch my thinking to my behaviour. I ask myself, what would my actions be in this moment as a non-smoker. Even if my "belief" is shaky, I can manipulate my behaviour.
I'm very interested to hear what others do to stay positive during their quit.
Have a happy day!