My name is Nascar Nurse and I am a smoker (head hung in shame). I have smoked my entire adult life and it is time to quit...once again. This is attempt number 4 over the last 15 years.
My reasons for quitting:
1. Society HATES smokers. It seems to have become the biggest taboo and even more so if you happen to be a healthcare provider on top of it.
2. My kids have been on my case for years to quit (even tho I only smoke outside)
3. I have had 2 prior DVT's and a family history of Factor V
4. My Dad had a MI at 46 & he was a smoker at the time. I turn 46 in March (I can hear those bells and whistles of impending disaster going off in my head).
5. I have my second pretty severe URI in less than 4 months and I just can't seem to shake it. I've always been the one with a rock solid immunity and suddenly it seems to be failing me.
6. I'm usually stubborn as hell when I put my mind to it and it's time I turn on that stubbornness to benefit myself and kick this happen once and for all.
7. Is next year really going to be any easier to quit than today will be?
My last cigarette was at 1:30pm today. It's nearly 10pm now and admittedly I am struggling. I have a choice. I could get out of my PJ's, drive the 5 miles into town and get a pack or I can stick it out and re-think this in the morning. I actually think I can tackle the physical addiction but it's the mental addiction that gives me trouble.
I've read all the tricks but I am asking the ex-smokers....how do you keep your head convinced to not just give in? How did you stay strong?