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1. What was your biggest fear when quitting?That I couldnt do it and what type of person would I be without nicotine. How could I concentrate at work, deal with people, sleep, eat and breathe without nicotine?
2. How did you overcome it?Reading alot and educating myself here at whyquit. Being totally honest with myself. Taking little steps and relearning how to do everything without smoking
3. What did you learn in the process? So much more than I ever imagined. This is a journey and you need to work through the process and get out of denial
Jen -Free for 4.5 months
Although fear is an important initial motivator it is not an enduring or sustaining motivation as your body is likely undergoing its most widespread healing ever. What will happen to any fears that we waited too long before quitting and the damage inflicted is beyond repair once we notice our senses of smell and taste recover, our morning cough or wheeze disappear and all of the sudden notice an up to 30% functional lung capacity? Imagine your primary quitting motivation disappearing before your very eyes.
If your list of reasons for quitting contain lots of fear factors do not fret but instead gradually recast each into sustainable positive motives able to build and grow instead of decay or disappear. Instead of fearing the worst, dream about being all you can be and reaching for your best. Transform fear of failing health into a dream of improving health. By doing so, each time we notice our healing it won't deprive us of a bit more of our core motivation but will instead bring a smile to our face and add purpose to this wonderful temporary journey of adjustment!
Keep the conscious rational mind's dreams louder than subconscious mind's irrational unfounded fears. Why fear arriving at a day where we never once think about wanting to use nicotine? Why fear a calm and quiet mind that's no longer filled with addiction's chatter? Why fear the prospect of again fully and comfortably engaging life as us? The key to staying on this side of the bars and keeping our now arrested dependency on the other is as simple as no nicotine today! The next few minutes are all that matter and each will be doable!
1. What was your biggest fear when quitting?
My biggest fear was that life would be completely unbearable without smoking.
2. How did you overcome it?
I quit, took one day at a time (sometimes one minute at a time) and realized that I could get up every day, live my life, go to sleep and wake up the next day. Quitting didn't kill me. As a matter of fact, honestly, it didn't even hurt. The fear was ALL in my head.
3. What did you learn in the process?
That apparently I do have willpower. That I was a slave to nicotine. That I am free now. And frankly, that's all that matters.
Wellzoegirl, 53 glorious days of my freedom