Negative thinking?I need a hug and a hand pls
I am not sure if many will agree with me here, but I thought I would pass some information to you....
My cousin had the same problem as you. He could quit cold turkey, but just felt terrible and would go back to full on smoking even after years of quitting.
He went to see a hypnotherapist. He made him relax, and then asked him to face his nicotine, cigarettes or whatever, and shake their hand! Thank them profusely for all the many times that he had needed that 'hit' and they had provided it. Forgive them for the addiction. etc etc. Think all warm and jubbly about nicotine as if it's your very best friend. Then the hypnotist made him explain that it was time to part ways. That they could no longer be friends etc. Goodbye! He walked out and never thought about cigarettes/nicotine ever again!
Of course, I thought the entire thing was mad, but now I am giving up this makes a lot of sense to me. It's a bit like the GRIEVING process, and you haven't accepted that your old 'friend' nicotine is dead. Once you say goodbye properly, you will not only have these thoughts pass, but you will also FEEL the benefits - it will be like a weight lifted from your shoulders.
You may not want to see a hypnotherapist, but you will find that if you explained this to a councilor, they would be able to assist you over that last step in a many similar to helping a bereaved person move on.
OR... I have found since I quit just 10 days ago, a role model who is healthy, and cheerful, and a non-smoker. Every now and then I have these thoughts about how much I miss smoking and feel I have lost part of ME. But I imagine my new role model and realise that to be like that, I have to lose that part of me. This way I look at non-smoking as part of a GAIN not a LOSS.
I'm sure you must be a bit wary of taking advice from someone who's not even done heck week! LOL! But I am drawing on other experiences too. I think the reason why I am succeeding this time compared to any other time is because I have lost all my family members in the last 5 years and have gone through the grieving process 6 times. I have managed to turn their passing into positive thoughts and I plan to do the same with the smoking as time goes on.
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ANYWAY - Here's my (((HUG))))) and HAND
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