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Nov 18, 2016 (08:33 PM) Reply | Quote 


       
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Hey Machiavelli, good bump! HALT, that's the old alky's mantra isn't it? If it works, great! Take what you need and leave the rest! Penitent d4567

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Bump.

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Bump! Enjoy:)

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What a lovely read... Thank you Breather.
 
 

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Breather, thanks for the advice.  I know the problem originates with me, and I need to remember all that I should be grateful for.  I hope this feeling will pass in time, which I'm sure it will.

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snice  Yes anger is normal in the early stages of quitting, That being said I think that anger is best directed at people that deserve it like the executives of your favourite tobacco company who added chemicals to your tobacco to keep you addicted so they could make more money. Once we throw a hissy fit on one of our family members it's hard to take it back. I really like the slogan " An Attitude of Gratitude ". I find that if I'm feeling grateful I have no room for anger at the same time. Realise that in the early stages of quitting that if there's a problem that it probably originates with you. Anyone that has stopped smoking has said and done things in anger that they wish they could take back. Excellent for you for not smoking today and having " An Attitude of Gratitude ". breather

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Does anybody have any suggestions on how to deal with the anger?  I feel like I'm angry all the time when I'm not smoking, and have a really short fuse, and lose patience with everybody.  I also realize that my anger is solely based on quitting.  I don't want to make everybody around me miserable.  I seem to be ok when I'm at work as I have enough to keep me distracted, but once I arrive home and settle into that routine, I can feel myself getting angry and I know I'm not being fair to those around me, and am taking out my anger on my loved ones.  Everything is irritating me lately, and I don't want to feel like I'm in a "funk" all the time.     Is this normal? 

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Don, Sorry to hear you are dealing with some of the same health issues that I am.
Your right I am having a rough patch as only you would know. You are very intuitive.
 
Thanks for the new slogan....
Think Think Think....Think it through to the end result..
 
Perfect....This is just what the doctor ordered this morning my friend.
 
NTAP 
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Roses  I know that you're going through a rough patch right now. We all do at times. I also have chronic high blood pressure and am diabetic. It's a condition that we have to live with and manage. They say high blood pressure is the silent killer because left unchecked it can surely kill. I can feel stressed out for no other reason that my blood pressure happens to be high. Of course medication helps a great deal. I'm thankful to live in an age where diseases like high blood pressure and diabetes are treatable. Drastic times call for drastic measures and at times I've had to use another slogan. THINK , THINK , THINK ....... Think it through to the end result. To me this is the heavyweight of all slogans. It can make or break a person. I can't even say how many times this slogan has helped me from falling back into the trap of my old ways. Insanity is doing the same things over and over while expecting different results. Unfortunately the results are always the same. Only an addict can understand addiction in my opinion. Only an addict can understand what needs to be done about it. Of course it's a struggle but we need to struggle to survive. Excellent for us for trying today. breather

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Breather,
Thanks..I am hoping that everyone you comes to this site reads this thread..I would hate for anyone to miss it..I know I have said this before but I have to say it again  the slogans H.A.L.T  HALTED  and Just for Today  aka  TRY  have helped me more than anything with my quit on more occasions than I can count..
If this is brainwashing than I am grateful to have my brains cleaned up whenever they need cleaning with something as simple as one of these little slogans because they help me stay quit in a Big way..I find once you know them they really stick with you and come to mind whenever needed..Whenever I think of lighting up H.A.L.T. comes to mind, it is something that I can count on being there when I need it and it makes me think first, it holds me accountable, it brings me down to earth as they say and gives me that little bit of time I need to think rationally...So far this has saved my quit every time..and I am grateful for this because I really don't want or need to ever smoke again.. 
 
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Roses Thank you for the bump. It isn't enough to talk the talk but we need to learn to walk the walk as well. Thank you for reminding me of this Roses. You're awesome. Some people say that slogans are a form of brainwashing. I say that maybe our brains needed to go through the wash cycle to get rid of some of our old stinking thinking habits to make room for our attitude of recovery. The secret of recovery isn't a secret at all but a change in attitude sufficient to bring about this process. I for one would do well to remember this. I can't , We can. breather. That's breather with a small b to remind me that the Addict is bigger than I am.

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Original Post by: breather
Since no one is using this thread I thought I'd post some thoughts on it that might be helpful. The slogan H.A.L.T. is a powerful tool against relapse and especially helpful in the early days of the quit. It was and still is for me anyway. Hungry , Angry , Lonely or Tired. I blew a 6 week quit one time because I finished working night shift and stayed awake whereas if I had the good sense to go to sleep the outcome would have been more productive. The point is to not just pay lip service to these emotions because they can send us back smoking in a heartbeat. Don't let yourself get too H.A.L.T. Take care of yourself and don't allow yourselves to get too bent out of shape. I don't know about anyone else but in the early days I was like a firecracker waiting to blow up and needed to keep my emotions in check. Anyway I think H.A.L.T. is important. Excellent for you. breather
Bumping this thread up and passing it on for all the new and seasoned quitters celebrating their freedom today..
 
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Thanks, everyone! Red, I hope you're doing well and had a good weekend. It's wonderful to have this support, it means so much to know all of you have come before us and are ready to help us through! I'm doing pretty well, although I noticed after being at a friend's birthday party which was in a bar where there was a LOT of smoking and the ventilation wasn't good that I had a headache and the cravings were pretty intense today. But, I didn't smoke!!

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Hello Eyja,
 
Thank you for your comforting words and support as always..That Big warm blanket yours sounds pretty good right about now..your best wishes are greatly appreciated by this quitter here...Thanks for the " It's OK!  All is well" too... Tomorrow should be a better day..
 
Have a wonderful evening..
 
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Hi Alexa, Red and breather;
 Wow! Those are great words of advice breather!    If we can break it down to just get through those bad moments, we can make it!  What a great way to get through 'a bad day'. 
So sorry to hear that you're feeling tough today Red.  You've been doing so great and have been so supportive and inspirational to many here since you've joined SSC.  You're chocking up the stats like no one's business and it's so nice to have your input here : )   
Welcome Alexa!  You've done so well to get through these first 23 days of your quit!  We do have our down times, no doubt, but you've sailed through this far and you'll find it does get easier to handle the cravings as you work out more and more of the emotional situations that trigger your desire to reach for that cigarette.  It's a learning & eye opening experience for sure! I wish I could just wrap you and Red up in a big warm blanket and tell you " It's OK!  All is well!"  In fact, I have no idea what the future will bring - but I can send best wishes your way, lots of support and many congrats for making it through a tough day. And I hope you all  have a Great day tomorrow! 

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