I imagined the withdrawal as a strange flu and treated myself gently for a week, but my relationship with nicotine was over the second I put out that last cigarette. I was not depressed, I was not envious of smokers and I no longer obsessed about cigarettes. I was free and it was awesome. Though this happened long before I met him or learned of Qigong, so many things Sifu outlines above were a part of the plan I used to quit. That I gave myself permission to smoke meaningfully and not mindlessly until I was ready was key. That I had a method was key. That I had a ritual was key. That I quit cold turkey was key.
I enjoyed quitting so much that I love helping and encouraging others to have that same awesome and freeing experience. Thank you for your message; I really clicked with it. I just quit 2 days ago and I am happier already but am prepared for the withdrawals to begin. I am married for 6 months and my husband hates the smell of the smoke and to tell you the truth, so do I!
I smoke in the house and have spent so much money on glade candles its insane! I added it up and welp, Im done. I would appreciate emailing you from time to time if that is okay. Hi Robin, You have just described me right now. I am miserable, I feel deprived and depressed. I am not a very nice person…………………….. It has been 2 months. Yes, 8 weeks of cold turkey hell. I thought it would start getting easier by now. I refuse to smoke ever again, but man I sure wish this would go away. So hang in there! Have you tried adding some qigong? You can learn an exercise for free right here: This is a good post if the addiction is something you want to get rid of.
Addiction is about behavior; when you are addicted you are not mindful or present with the thing, and you do not truly appreciate it. When I first started smoking, it was a really deliberate decision.
I lived on a farm at the time and it just felt right. I bought a pouch of organic American Spritis and would roll myself one, getting better every time, and sit on the porch either watching the sun set or enjoying a good book. I loved it so much, and I was careful to moderate myself… only one or none a day. Things changed when I moved and started a new job. My job was incredibly stressful, and I started smoking on my back to back 16 hour shifts as a way to get breaks. Cigarettes went from being a leisure activity, to the thing I needed to escape the constant low level trauma that was my workplace.
It worsened when I started getting pre-rolled cigarrettes. I lost my ritual. I quit a few times, but of couse rough days happened. What finally worked for me was to get a pouch of the best tobacco I had ever tried and to really savor the experience of rolling which I miss more than the smoking! That was way easier than committing to never smoking again, and it felt good because it was a way of valuing myself. Thank you so much Sifu! So my two cents: Quiting Smoking is something I am wanting to attempt.
My past failures are mostly due to parents in the home who still smoke. I am torn between wanting to quit, and seeing the cigarettes lying around and being more tempted to pick on up again. There is no way I can get out of the home, seeing and smelling the cigarette smoke, and the withdrawl is what has me returning to smoking every time. I am at a loss of what to do, besides locking myself in my room and dealing with the withdrawl. I plan once again to try and quit. I know that it is not going to be easy cold turkey, given the years, but it is something that I have to do to improve my over all good health.
What I need is a way to accomplish that with smokers around me. I think it is a self-limiting belief to be honest. I hated this addiction. I simply did not want to take another single puff and from all the times I attempted to quit and stay off smoking, this time has been by far the easiest. In my opinion, you just have to deeply know why you want to quit and to believe that, instead of believing your self-limiting beliefs. But this time I have another issue which impedes me from letting go of it: So, before quitting smoking, I think I should find a solution for this issue first.
Can you give any advice or recommend a specific qigong exercise to help restore healthy digestion? Yes, I recommend that you add Qigong to your morning routine before you worry about quitting smoking. The article above will give you some tips, and when my book is finished, that will teach you everything you need to know in detail. I started smoking at 14 years of age, I will celebrate my 60th birthday in October,apart from 4 or 5 attempts at quitting , which lasted 24 hours at the most, I have smoked everyday.
I am so glad that I discovered this site, as I have been wanting to quit but dreaded the thoughts of withdrawal symptoms. I had the same experience, smoked 12 years and then went cold turkey. Was fortunate enough to have worked out the principles of the above method on my own, but had I not, this is an excellent guide, and I speak as a nicotine addict.
Best decision I ever made — everything got better afterward as I started to have more ability to have control over my life and the other decisions I made. Life stopped happening to me, and I started happening to life. I have to say that I completely disagree with this approach. If his approach works, great!
Also, the latest theories about willpower and habit tend to agree with the approach I mention in this article. Perhaps you could explain the differences to us? You have to keep smoking while you read the book, and only setting a date once you have completed the book and ready to implement the tips he outlines therein. Sifu Anthony has done here. I think doing both may be helpful to some people. I quit for two years using zyban and Mr. And then I started again. But Allen Carr suggests cold turkey is the only way.
I was on The champix drug to stop but was struggling 10 days in so picked the book up and it helped so much. Just goes to show the power of the mind eh!! The cough has gotten increasingly worse, and finally when I did research, I found out I had of lung cancer symptoms. At times I feel so strong, like this will be so easy. And then I get these waves of feeling so helpless, unable, and frenzied for just a pack. Smoking became my lifestyle. It was a part of my identity, and something I deeply enjoyed. I need your support.
I can barely breathe anymore from smoking. I need to quit. Dear Camila I feel for you be-leave you me. Everybody dies regardless of whether they are a smoker or not: This is great advice, after 16 years of smoking a pack or so a day I finally stopped smoking cold turkey. Stopping to Smoke is the best thing I ever did in my life. The withdrawal symptoms the first 2 weeks were very intense but knowing that the cigarette companies had specific engineered chemicals injected into the tobacco to make me feel like this was empowering and motivated me to stop even when I was feeling down and sad without a smoke.
No need to Quit Smoking, just stop smoking, if you fail and light up after a few days no need to panic you stop smoking again until you completely stop smoking. The idea that smoking is so hard to stop is part of the manipulation tobacco companies have subconsciously used. Nicotine will no longer be in your body a few days after your last cigarette.
Good luck to everyone that wished to stop, in the short and long term it will be the best decision. An honest Smoker will tell you that it is harder to live a lifetime Smoking then living as a Non-Smoker that is the raw truth. I really like that last line there, Mike! Coming in here a bit late, but I suspect you will be getting readers for years—even decades—on this particular post.
I never set a date. I turned to vapor, and decided to dial down my smoking. I smoke half of what I had when I started vaping. I would set periodic time targets up to 3 or 4 hours and they have mostly worked. Am I deluding myself? So with regard to other addicting aspects beyond the chemical , is this relevant? I went through a lot of the same kinds of thinking when I quit. Your line about being in sales and thus being unable to afford irritability stuck out in my mind. In the end, I chose to go cold turkey. There are other methods of quitting, but cold turkey, and committing to never taking another puff are the tricks that worked for me and many others.
My advice is that you quit cold turkey. Pick a date next week, and then quit. Start preparing your home. Tap into smoking cessation support groups. Tell your family and friends. Summon up all of your spiritual and mental energy. Let go of your guilt and shame, breathe, and focus on your baby. I loved this post, great tips and very very useful. I am now on 3 weeks and it is absolute hell! I am on such a roller coaster and it is worse now than it was 1 week ago.
However I have something very useful on my side. I have been there, done this and made it. I can say one thing though and that is that this is a different monster. I can tell you that in my personal experience so far cigarettes is more addictive than alcohol, cocaine, marijuana or speed! This has been a tough journey, but my first time quitting smoking ever. I will not go back to smoking and that feels good. I just wish I could stop feeling so uncomfortable now! I quit cold turkey 5 weeks ago, with the help of accupuncture.
But your resolve will be challenged many times not only the next few weeks, but the next few months. You can do this! Hi, I have read the article and most of the comments for strength. I stopped smoking 9 weeks ago and although I do not wish to smoke again I am struggling to cope with my moods.
I read a separate article earlier, whereas it explained that dealing with stress as a smoker does get surpressed due to the fact that … long story short, it makes you smoke and we forget the whole feeling we felt 2 minutes earlier. Now not smoking I am faced to deal with my daily stresses plus the surpressed feeling have started to surface giving me panic attacks and panic feeling from waking to sleep. The nicotine withdrawal was the easy part. Emotional warfare is hell!! To add my young son was diagnosed with an terminal illness 4 years ago so my surpressed feeling are probably more than most.
Just wanted to know if anyone else has found the aftermath so bad? I actually quit under a similar system to this article and once you take the pressure away and learn the power of acceptance you crack it! I smoked for well over 20years at 20 a day. I had tried to quit under every available option to me previously making it no longer than 3 days.
Yes, I also found the aftermath bad. It was totally terrible. The emotional warfare was definitely worse than the nicotine withdrawal, at least for me. You sound like someone who is locked in a spiritual battle and needs to vent. Keep up the good work. Im very physically active and proactive in looking after myself. Im gonna be honest my Journey has been rocky but that only lasted 12 months, my panic attacks stopped probaly 6 months in, once I started running but my mental health probaly lasted another 3 months after.
My weight gain was 2 stone and it only levelled out recently and started to reduce independently. Your probaly reading and thinking f ck me why would I bother stopping that sounds like hell…. Well its changed my life actually for the better, ive become more of the person ive always wanted to be because I more focused on the task in hand as im no longer preoccupied.
I enjoy life more, live in the moment, no cravings in the background dictating how long I can be sonewhere or where I can go. Believe me Life is too short and for a little while of misery you can have a lifetime of a better quality of life, better experiences, more opportunities. From stopping smoking my world has opened up. Things could bring me down like Copd but it wont im happy I changed my habits and can manage it now without battling with smoking as well.
Bit this isnt normal non smokers.. It may have been to late if I carried on smoking by the time I got check out amd more damage would have been done. I still stand by my last post, dont try and give up and its easier, the moment you stop feeling deprived and tell your self its ok if you want a smoke but you deciding just not gonna do it right now it takes that away and you wont feel the overwheling urge.
I was going to say good luck but you dont need it, just stick at it and stay strong. This past week or two cigarettes have been very enjoyable and the taste has been surprisingly pleasant. Yesterday I had one of my favorite cigarette and coffee mornings of all time.
I guess I am an alien… I have smoked off and on for over a decade. Sometimes I go weeks or months without a craving at all. Heck I went 5 years with not a single drag. Yet I can never say never again. What do I do to jot want it anymore?! I feel like it will always want it in the back of my mind. My experience with smoking was completely and totally different. Thank you for this article. These have helped me in more ways than I can mention.
I am actually on my quitting date as of today and I never read the comments until now. My reason for quitting has only a small amount to do with myself however, I could probably smoke the rest of my life and not give a damn even though I honestly HATE it. Minus occasional guilt and other negative emotions. We have been dating 8 years now, and I have been telling her that I will quit for most of it. She told me recently that me smoking terrifies her because of the way I cough, and all of the things it can do to you. She want to be with me as long as possible and she and I believe that me smoking will take away from that.
I am only 24 years old but, I have had a truly crappy life. Between an abusive negligent father, struggling in school due to disabilities, and giving up on college to help my family get away from my father; it added up to using smoking to get away from that stress, and a lot of it is still there. I would sit in my room at night and hold a knife to my wondering if it was all worth it. That story goes on and on with me teasing her and her and starting to be friends, me finding her looking at me during choir, her staring at me in shock when I tried out for a solo to impress her until two weeks later, I blindly blurted out that I was going to be at the dance in two days.
I am rather antisocial, so I almost threw up. And then dancing with her and telling her that I wanted to date her. And her smiling and crying happy tears and saying yes. However, she does have a some fear that due to being mildly autistic, I will not be ready to be an adult. To prove that I can do anything as long as it is for her. With roughly 7 attempts to quit per year over the last 8 years that means something. She has been the only light in my life, she has helped me believe in miracles, she is my tether to sanity. And she believes the same about me.
Losing me to smoking… Would hurt her. That is my reason. The love of my life. Who showed me her hell, and cried when I told her that it would be okay, because I am still here. Who knows she is messed up, and has leaned on me. And now finally thanks to you, all of you, I can prove that she is worth all of it. I just feel kinda stupid, that it never occurred to me.
I will do it for her. And now I also have the tools for it. I know I can do this now. And it means quite a bit to me to say that. I am addicted to chewing tobacco and believe this will help. My 3 months starts now. Yes, I believe it will help, Bryan! This article may able be of interest: Its like i am begining to give up. Smooking for over 20 years now has left me with much addition that fear jumps into me by just thinking of quitting.
I drink heavily as well and this go with smooking as high as 2 packs daily. I have tried to quit on multiple occasions to no avail. I hope this will be my final bus stop to this? It can make such a difference with the fear and also with your willpower! A nasty cold has been a blessing in disguise for me. Until now I have had no intentions at all to quit smoking other than 1 time where I quit for 2 weeks just to prove to myself I could.
I feel great… no withdrawal… nothing. The distraction… taking away my attention from what I really care about, stopping me from reaching my potential without giving anything back of worth. I think everyone needs a reason to quit that resonates with them..
I quit smoking when I was pregnant, however I picked back up the habit once I finished breastfeeding. I guess it was part bordem part loneliness. Babies are cute but they just slept most of the day. Now I have hobbies and exercised, but the cigarettes were like an old friend I had missed. Silly I know, but true. I regret starting because now my boys are 3 and drive me nuts daily I mean that with love. Then all of a sudden panic sets in and I have to have one, the urge is so intense.
How to quit smoking plan, Smoking cessation, Facts and Answers, Easy Avoid a day when you know you'll be busy, tense, or have a special event that Take the money you've saved and buy yourself a treat once a week. . (16) In the United States, smoking kills more than , people each year. Discover How to Quit Smoking in as Little as 7 Days Even if You've been a Chain Smoker for See more ideas about Help quit smoking, Smoking kills and Health.
Im 34 with 3 children, stopped smoking 2 years ago and newly diagnosed COPD. Who ever is reading this your a ticking time bomb. The next cig really could trigger something Your probaly needing a smoke after that thought but think twice wish od had the strengh ealier Find a way to say that your not stopping for good… just not having one right now and before you know it time will pass. Its a hard road but worth it …. You can talk to someone 24 hours a day at the National Suicide Prevention hotline: Or you can chat online at http: Depression is a terrible illness, but it is treatable.
Find the treatment method that works for you, but please find help. I once thought I had nothing to live for, but now I help others by teaching the beautiful art of qigong! Life can be terrible, but it can also be wonderful! I have been smoking for about 7 years now, and today I just felt this anxiety come over me, what if smoking takes away my precious time with my 2 year old daughter.
Thank you for sharing your post it was the first one that actually made me feel like I could do this! This article, and this method, have helped many people to finally quit smoking, including yours truly.
I quit smoking 8years ego when i almost thought will die from smoking.. To kick out a bad habbit from you, have to incorporate one good before you quit.. When I see some one who smoking, feel like to advse them to quit, but the lessons learnt by our own will lost long forver.. I hope some day they will come to know… We are humans not super heroes after all we have bad day, bad time, breakup, fear of becoming bankrupt, work stress, family emotional rollercoasters etc etc etc lol.. I am smoking for 42 Years and was sick and I was down to 1 cigarette a day. Now I am back at 3 cigarettes.
I have one cigarette left. I want to quit, but have the addictive devil on my shoulders. I lost my job and do not have a lot to keep busy. I just set my date for cold turkey for Thursday March 2nd. I set a reminder in my calendar and wrote:. I know what that addictive demon feels like on my shoulders! But I tell you this much. I tried cutting down to 3 cigarettes per day, but it was MUCH harder than going cold turkey.
After thirty years of smoking I quit 18 months ago and to this day I hate it. I hate that I gained 35 pounds and counting. I hate how I miss smoking in social settings. I hate how I drink more at night. I hate that I smell smoke all the time. He smokes off and on and THAT bugs me.
Qigong, acupuncture, and a technique called Neuroemotional Technique can help. I hate reading this. I am in the same boat as you.. I hate being a non smoker. It sounds like you need help. This article has some other suggestions as well: Been through he worst of it! Sorta like a small eye spasm. This has been an incredible challenge and eye opener on the addictive power of nicotine.
Over the last year I found myself hiding this problem. I appear healthy,strong and fit , but I am far from that. Celebrated 20 years clean with good cigar. Smoked cigars 3 years.
Congrats on 20 years without a drag! And yes, those neural pathways are always there, just waiting for us to take a drag. I have got more idea from this quitting-smoking post. I smoked a pack a day for 15 years…the years really creep up on you when you put off quitting. I will never drink again so smoking was the only real dopamine supplement I had left. My nicotine and caffeine intake increased when I quit drinking and now my junk food and caffeine are through the roof without cigarettes. I go to the gym an hour a day but still getting fat from constant snacking.
There is no escape from this as I will never feel satisfied without something. There are some people who manage to transition to another addiction that is seemingly more healthy. Alas, many are not able to ever make this transition or fall back shortly after. I feel your pain, or at least 2 out of 3. Obviously, I filled that hole with qigong and tai chi.
As a result, I found that my dependency on alcohol and sugar also diminished. Fixing my diet helped a lot too. Some of those cravings are simply blood sugar imbalances! I will look at your recommendations. Thanks for the feedback. Finding this article seems almost to me, like an answer to my prayers about finding the strength to quit. Having read through the entire article; its almost funny to me know just how surprising, counter-intuitive, and seemingly unhelpful the title of the article seemed at first, but now realize just how incredibly genius it really is! By being able to know his audience ahead of time; Sifu has the ability to speak exactly what each of us in this state of false-reasoning, need to hear in order to actually quit for good.
Thank you Sifu Anthony, for finding me through your absolutely genius approach. I have a terrible addiction to nicotine through vaping, actually , and cannot wait to start going through your method to quit. I cannot wait for the big day when I can finally quit quitting, and quit for good and forever! I smoked for about 20 years. Definitely had a rough few days in regards to my marriage. Have you tried qigong? Go try this free course here: I smoke always, I had meningitis month ago and I did smoke even than!!!
I will try your advice and will update my story, I promice. Nikotinana, you have a terrific attitude! Please make sure that you get on my email list. Go here and grab the free course to get on my email list: This is a tremendous accomplishment for me! I never thought this day would come, especially under the circumstances. As another side effect is not sleeping which also can be blamed on my new diagnoses.
I constantly want to eat, have lozenges or chew hard candy! I want to stay quit! The anxiety is terrible! Thanks in advance for your time! I recommend that you use this qigong program here to help you to create healthier habits: Quit cold turkey and it was hell.
No one had any faith in me and I never thought I could do it.
What worked for me above all else was and still is a mental game. You have to make yourself hate them. It makes you look and smell like garbage. How many of our friends and loved ones has this habit destroyed? It killed my father and my grandfather. Our wallets, our time, all wasted. Make yourself hate them. I have absolutely zero cravings for a cigarette now. Why should I care, I hate the damn things. Hi I quit smoking cigarettes and I was having difficulty in breathing and depression and anxiety …is it normal? But I believe that a lot of people suffer after they quit smoking. The withdrawal is incredibly difficult.
I myself experience some anxiety and difficulty breathing when I quit. If you are concerned, then go get yourself checked out. After 30 years of smoking, I quit on Monday October 16th….. I am coming up on exactly 48 hours of being smoke free. The absolute worst symptoms for me are after eating. It is at that time where I have to call up my son for a pep talk or find encouraging websites such as this one to keep me on the right track.
The first day I quit, I wore the patch….. I can feel some of the anxiety of wanting a cigarette…the withdrawal modes are pure hell….. I started smoking at the age of 39…due to stress while navigating a difficult path. I had always dealt with anxiety and depression, but no medicine ever worked for me, and usually meds made things worse…but I was then put on a med for bipolar disorder and things did get better for awhile.
Years went by and I tried to quit smoking a couple times with no success…once, I made it 3 weeks and became so suicidal that I started smoking again…it was either live as a smoker or not live at all at that point. So, I sadly accepted that I would simply live a shorter life and smoke…because my mental health would allow no alternative. I gained weight quickly and my depression worsened. I smoked to get through the discomfort of being alive. My heart raced and I had chest pains. I hated how it felt.
But, mentally, my life depended on the dopamine zen that the act of it gifted me. I decided to quit. I was 45 and desperately trying to evolve forward. I had been off my meds for over a year and no longer in therapy…when the meds at long last stopped working, my Dr. I had been off red meat for a year also. I was working at growing spiritually and making efforts at meditation, but the constant cacophony within my head made it difficult. I bought some new books on spirituality, and a djembe drum …and I smoked my last cigarette on June 14 of this year.
I really did it! I thought I made it. Over the summer, I had been off work, and had thrown myself into growth mode. I knew smoking had enslaved me to it and I wanted to learn to enjoy nature again without cigarettes. I grew a vegetable garden. I grew a flower garden. I took walks in my meadow and learned about the plants that grow wild here. I followed my inner whisperings. It truly is an all or nothing proposition. Enhancing Motivation - Are you having trouble getting started?
Is your motivation in need of a boost? If you don't have Internet access visit your local library. It's a free collection of roughly short quitting articles. It is also available for download in PDF format and makes a wonderful and loving gift. Measuring Victory - Forget about quitting "forever. Instead, work hard at adopting a more manageable "one day at a time" quitting philosophy for measuring victory. If you insist on seeing success only in terms of quitting forever then on which day will you celebrate?
Recovery Phases - When quitting, the amount of nicotine remaining in your bloodstream will be cut by half every two hours. Physical withdrawal peaks by day three and is substantially complete within 10 days to two weeks. Subconscious trigger reconditioning normally peaks during the first week and all but your remote, infrequent or seasonal triggers should be reconditioned within a month. Conscious thoughts of wanting will gradually grow fewer, shorter in duration and generally less intense.
Within a few months they'll become the exception not the rule, as you'll gradually start to develop an expectation of going your entire day without wanting to smoke nicotine. Withdrawal Symptoms - Within reason it's fairly safe to blame most of what you'll feel during the first three days on quitting. But after that you need to listen to your body and if concerned give your doctor a call. Don't blame your symptoms on where you're going but on where you've been.
See each symptom as a true sign of healing it reflects. Possible Hidden Conditions - Each puff of smoke contained more than different gases and 3, different particles.