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Those Horrid Few Weeks of Quitting
Those horrid Hell Weeks and Hellish Weeks early in a quit are cruel and unusual
punishment however there is no way around but thru ......
Here's some things I did that helped and things I've learned along the way from
many other people....
Try to focus on what you can best do to get thru this and "treat the symptoms" ~
treat yourself as if you were very sick and need to take extra good care of yourself to
get better ~ I promise it will get better ...... takes time but little by little you will
Drink TONS of water to help your body flush out the toxins it is loaded up with from
smoking.... also great for relieving cravings ~ down a big cold glass of water and it
helps (also helps with energy)
Take LOTS of baths or showers and scrub with a soap as this will also help rid your
body of toxins ~ hot baths are great for helping us to relax and calm ourselves ~ using
lavender in our bath adds an extra calming effect ~ even if it's only a 10 or 15 minute
bath it will help calm
Take EXTRA vitamin C for the first while (4-6 months) I took 1000mg 4 times a day ~ yep
4000mg ~ we blew away most of the vitamin C we had every time we smoked and we really need
this for healing and recovery.
Take a good vitamin and supplement for calcium
and magnesium ~ helps with nerves ...
Get LOTS of rest ~ we can handle things so much better when we are well rested and we heal
while we sleep best
Deep breathing is an awesome gift we can give ourselves ~ breathe in as deep as you can
thru your nose, picture your breathe going down to your toes and slowly let it out
thru your mouth ~ the more you do this the better you will get at it (took me a couple
weeks to be a pro lol) It helps with cravings (breathe thru them) AND it helps with
relaxing ~ do three right before you go to sleep in bed and three before you get out of
bed in the morning ~ like a massage from the inside out too
Massage ~ used my quit money to treat myself to massages ~ not only do they feel great and
relieve muscle tension and stress they also help your body rid toxins and boost your
immune system ~ have a bath with epsom salts after a massage to boost the effects
Drink orange juice or grapefruit juice ~ many say that the citrus cuts the crave (when
it's a physical crave)
Cut down on caffeine for a while ~ I didn't cut out caffeine but I cut down substantially ~
not so much because I couldn't drink coffee and not smoke but because I was trying to do as
much as possible to keep myself calm ~ I bought all kinds of flavoured herbal teas, lemon,
strawberry, orange ....... man are they great!! Now I drink them because I love
them!! Great tea
is a really good one and is a good for you one too
Do some physical exercise ~ walk for 15-30 minutes ~ AWESOME stress relieving and the
feeling of breathing in the fresh air and NOT smoking becomes just so awesome
Write out your quit reasons on little recipes cards that will fit in an envelope (Marsha's
idea ) Write out every single thing that you don't like about smoking no matter how little
it may seem ~ write out every single reason you can think of for quitting smoking ~ I keep
(still!) my cards in an envelope in my purse ~ I also printed off posts that helped me and
have a stash in my glove box, beside my bed, on my fridge, at work If you get that
"grrrrrrrrrr I want a smoke feeling" pull out your cards and start reading
Each day take time to tell yourself what you are grateful for ~ write out little mantras
that help you and put them everywhere ~ bathroom mirror, computer, fridge, bedroom!! I have
"This too shall pass", "Smoking is NOT an option" and stuff like that
all over this house! lol
Hang out here and ask every and any question that you need ~ you will find it's amazing
that although we are all different people we are so much the same
Take care of yourself really well and in turn we take care of our quit .... ask for help
from family or friends when you need it ..... take breaks and fill them with positive
stuff, like reading or yoga or a walk ......
I had trouble sleeping so I talked to the health store people who recommended Valerian
root ~ worked really well and helped me sleep ~ insomnia is very common in the beginning
of a quit
I had trouble with anxiety and stress so I went to my doctor for help ~ tried a few
different prescriptions and finally found one that helped ~ how long will I take it? For
as long as it takes. Whatever it takes as long as it takes ~ quitting is my priority.
I broke out in mouth sores several times over the first month or so ~ found that tums
worked really well to heal these....
Poo problems (LOL and I'm on the Internet) got some stuff from the health food
store ~ selenium? cleared that problem up pretty quick.
I subscribed to a whole bunch of "self help" and positive sites for their daily
emails ~ yes get tons of junk mail but the inspiration is worth the time to delete the junk
(used a hotmail account as well)
www.dailymotivator.com check out the "right now" presentation as well
Two books that have helped me tremendously are Out of the Ashes by Peter & Peggy
Holmes ~ a great friend sent me that one and it was the best gift I've ever received. It's
small enough to carry around and has little one pagers that dispel the lie of the
addiction and tell the truth ~ when she sent me the book I was almost at the point of
giving up somehow thinking lung cancer would just be easier. She had bookmarked this page
for me .....
Thinking about the future can be a source of fear, or a source of inspiration and
Because I have gone back to smiling many times in the past, I can sometimes slip into a
feeling of hopelessness or pessimism about the future.
I CAN stop smoking. I AM the author of my own life. I CAN created any scenario I want. I
am NOT doomed to repeat mistakes I have made in the past. I ALWAYS have the opportunity to
change, improve and grow.
One moment at at time, I can create any future I want.
The other book is Until Today by Iylana Vanzant ~ another one pager a day (concentration
problems early in my quit) ~ this book is a daily read that talks about the stuff of life
and how we can look at it differently ~ really really helped me with learning how to live
without smoking by dealing better with my feelings, emotions, anger etc
Learn as much as you can about this addiction and it's lies ~ remember that it is a very
powerful and cruel addiction and will stop at nothing to get you back ~ do not allow
yourself to spend time "romancing" a cigarette ~ learn Junkie Thinking (at Bobs
Place, link above) inside out so that you can quickly recognize it for what it is ......
junkie thinking and STOP that train. Example ~ oh just one and I'll be OK, just one
and then that's it ~ STOP!!!!!!! Get online, pull out your quit reasons, go for a walk
...... do whatever you need to do to stop that thinking in it's tracks and builds momentum
Cry ~ cry cry and cry some more ~ great release and very cleansing ~ so many of us try to
stop ourselves from crying when all it is is our bodies natural response when overwhelmed,
hurting etc After a good session I felt so relieved and would sometimes end of
laughing at myself!!
Go easy on yourself ~ give yourself time ~ slow down ~ "take time to smell the
roses". Make yourself Project No Smokey Me. Take time to play and enjoy your new
smoke free life.
Come hear to rant, rave, cry, whine, throw fire darts with your eyes (or ice darts if
preferred) and don't feel bad ~ we MUST release our feelings to be safe from the nicodemon
~ remember, he's tricky and the first opportunity to snag us back he will.
Apply the Serenity Prayer to everything before you react. (THIS is a BIG one for me and
am still in practise mode)
God, grant me serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the
things I can,
and wisdom to know the difference... When applied to life what a powerful little
Last but by no means least. Plan on how you will use your quit money ~ make it real ~ put
it in a jar on top of the fridge so you can see it grow ~ if you are a "long term
re warder" plan out exactly how long it will take to get what you want with your
quit money ~ put it in a separate account so you can see it grow ~ for me I like to treat
Little things that nurture me and pamper me ~ scented candles (the expensive ones I never
used to buy), massages, facials, girly stuff like new lipsticks and nail polish, bath
stuff, jewellery whatever I "feel" like that week. Cigs here cost $60 a week for a
carton so that's what I spend on me. I never did this before ~ would've put on
bills, BUT this time, my very last quit, I'm pulling out all the stops to put me and my
quit first. I so look forward to those rewards and if I start that junkie thinking I say
to myself AH you wouldn't be able to "whatever the treat that week is"
It really does help me.
You really can do this ~ we all can.
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Updated February 2019