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phantasmagoria
Nov 22, 2017 (11:35 PM) Reply | Quote 


       
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I wish I could give you a big hug! Although I can fully relate, I would really encourage you to try to be involved in your community somehow (preferably somewhere that smoking is not permitted)! Perhaps this will help in your quest to start quitting, give you a purpose (even if it's just for a few hours a few days a week), and give you an opportunity to be around people that might be able to give you support or at least distract you on some level. There really are so many wonderful, supportive people out there. Just not always easy to find.
 
If you're able, maybe volunteer to tutor elementary school children or read stories to children, volunteer at a homeless shelter or an animal shelter. Or heck, volunteer to sit and visit with residents in a nursing home. Even just reading to them, talking to them, listening to their stories, brushing their hair, or doing their nails could be so therapeutic.
 
I have a job, and while I don't feel particularly close with anyone I work with, it's a distraction. It keeps me busy. I have nice people to talk to even if it's not about all my problems and struggles it's valuable none the less. I smoked around a pack a day when I was in college. Once I graduated and got a job, I would smoke MAYBE 1 in the morning after waking up, and 6 or so AFTER work. I'm a bit of a closet smoker so I have never smoked on the premises of my work. Now, I don't smoke any cigarettes until AFTER work. Isn't that bizarre? But maybe a part time job could be a good option, if you don't already work. If you're retired, pick something fun!

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Ashley Health Educator
Nov 17, 2017 (05:31 PM) Reply | Quote 


       
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Hi Stawberry,

First of all, you are not weak. Tackling quitting smoking is incredibly hard for anyone especially when you are also dealing with mental health issues. Have you talked to your doctor about how you have been feeling? Also, please check out our sister site www.depressioncenter.net. This site includes a self-guided Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)Program. CBT is considered the gold standard treatment for depression. I think it will be important for you to treat the depression alongside trying to quit smoking. Many people who suffer from depression self medicate with cigarettes. Quitting may become easier once you take care of the depression. What are your thoughts on this?
Ashley, Health Educator

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stawberry
Nov 09, 2017 (12:53 PM) Reply | Quote 


       
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I want to quit for many reasons:  Cost,  Smell it leaves on me,  Will lessen health ins cost,  Will improve my health,  etc.
 
BUT I like smoking!   I never admitted to myself before, but I do.   I have smoke for 15 to 20+ yrs.   I use it as a crutch,  a best friend,  to sort out my thoughts,  to bring my spirits up, reward for doing something,  as a break between chores,  etc.
 
Recently, I had surgery.  Did not have a cigarette for a week, while in hosp.  Slept a lot when I got out, so no smoking for another week.   Then as I felt better, I smoke 1, then 2, then 3 cigarettes.   I became depressed in my 3rd week, said to myself, "who in the hell cares", and started smoking normally again.   I smoke 1/4 pack to a full pack per day.   I wish I would of stayed quit, but I am too weak to get through it.   I sure hope this website helps!   There are too many benefits in quitting.   My down fall is that I get depressed, with no one around I stop caring, and 1-cigarette does not do the trick to easy my pain.   

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