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    The Ultimate Quit Smoking Timeline: 5 Stages in Smoking Cessation

    Why is it so hard to quit smoking?

    The truth is, we try. So many have tried to set their quit smoking timeline and follow it. They have tried to let go of this vicious habit. But they are unable to. There is an invisible thread that pulls them back.

    “Nicotine” – This is the invisible thread that influences your brain to want to smoke more and more. It is more dangerous than most drugs. Nicotine affects your dopamine system, a neurotransmitting hormone that controls your emotions and decisions. It completely takes over your ability to derive pleasure from other activities, thus, giving satisfaction only after a smoke.

    So if you want to build your quit smoking timeline or want to understand how a person reaches the final stage to stop smoking forever to avail the benefits of quitting smoking, you have come to the right place.

    Here is a quick guide on the stages that a smoker undergoes as they try to stop smoking. The time a smoker spends in each stage affects their speed of quitting.

    Precontemplation – Known also as the ‘stage of denial’, this one is usually the most difficult to get through. A smoker refuses to acknowledge that they have a smoking addiction or that smoking is harming them. They often attribute the problems to other situations and assume that they are still in the early stages of smoking, and are thus, invincible. This stage sees a lot of procrastinators who decide that they can quit later. They are not ready to face the anxiety that comes with accepting the fact that they NEED TO QUIT.

    Contemplation – In this stage, a smoker tries to reason and rationalize the need to choose a smoke-free life. Overcoming the denial and starting to rationalize is the key part of the quit smoking timeline. They have come to a realization that smoking is having a negative impact on them and start considering the need to quit. It is a start. The seed has been sown and the action will begin soon.

    Preparation – This is where proactive decisions are taken. A smoker decides that enough is enough. It is time to act and that time is now. They start listing down the pros and cons of quitting cigarettes. Will it be difficult? Which technique should I use? What are the benefits of quitting smoking? What if I fail? They start seeking answers to these questions. Research begins. They talk to people about it, go on the internet to find answers and start preparing themselves mentally to stop smoking forever.

    Once they set the date to start their quit journey, they keep convincing themselves that the decision that they have taken will yield fruitful results.

    Action – Date and Time – Check! Technique to quit smoking – Check! It is time to start the process. The smoker officially begins their transformation into a non-smoker. Here, too, they might face slight hesitation. ‘Should I go ahead and quit?’ or ‘Am I doing the right thing?’ But once they have taken the first step, they should not look back.

    They would follow the methods suggested by the technique or program they are using. A point to remember here is that a smoker’s journey, success rate and quitting smoking timeline may vary depending on the technique that they have chosen.

    Their commitment to quit and determination helps them reach the stage when they have to stop smoking. They are free and no longer in need of cigarettes.

    Maintenance – The final stage in their quit smoking journey, it is time for them to maintain their status as a non-smoker. Quitting is hard, and what is harder is dealing with the cravings that come after. Anyone can quit smoking. The real question is “for how long?”. They might be tempted to smoke that “just one” cigarette because they miss it or someone they used to smoke with is trying to get them to smoke again. Thinking about the benefits of quitting smoking might help here.

    There is an app, QuitSure, which uses positive psychology and CBT to do the same thing that psychologists do. You can use this from the comfort of your home and it is cost-effective as well. More than 20,000 people have quit smoking using this app in the last year. It requires only 6 days to quit smoking. The app also provides 24/7 chat support from expert psychologists and coaches.

    The app doesn’t require the user to quit smoking immediately. It mentally prepares the user to quit. So you can simply ask your loved ones to download the app and take the first step towards a smoke-free life!

    So when are you starting your journey to stop smoking permanently?

    Find out more: www.quitsure.app

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    Hi, my name is QuitSure. I'm here because

    QuitSure is a quit smoking personalised app-based program designed for you to quit smoking easily and permanently.Benefits of quitting smoking are in plenty and we are one of the best smoking cessation programs out there. There are many ways to quit smoking but our app is centred around discarding the psychological addiction.
    www.quitsure.app

    #MightyTogether #Addiction

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    Overcoming.

    How many people here believe in the power of themselves?

    ~ Thanks to all. Thanks for all. ~

    Speaking of thanks for all, I was hoping we could acknowledge everyone who comments below. I know it seems like a small gesture, but many people here have never opened up to anyone before and being open and honest with strangers can be quite scary. So, if we could show our gratitude by giving their comment a simple reply or heart, I’m sure they would really appreciate your team support. What do you say?

    #MentalHealth #Depression #Suicide #Anxiety #BipolarDisorder #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Addiction #dissociativedisorders #OCD #ADHD #Fibromyalgia #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #POTS #PTSD #Cancer #RareDisease #Disability #Autism #Diabetes #EatingDisorders #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #RheumatoidArthritis #Schizophrenia #ComplexRegionalPainSyndrome

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    Narcissistic Abuse, Trauma Bonding and Lessons #EmotionalAbuse

    Narcissistic Abuse typically occurs in those that have NPD but while this is widely believed to be true not everyone with narcissistic traits has NPD. After doing some research on Narcissistic abuse I have found that I identify with a lot of the tactics they use to abuse and control their victims. Growing up, I always felt on guard. I felt unheard and was afraid of upsetting people. I often experienced gaslighting (a form of emotional abuse in which the abuser makes the victim question their reality) as well as guilt trips and general emotional manipulation.

    The constant cycle of abuse and then idealization led to a trauma bond which is a physiological addiction to the abuser. It is a literally chemical dependency in the brain and when a victim leaves they experience withdraw symptoms similar to coming off a drug. I can tell you from experience that it is painful but liberating at the same time. For me the abuse resulted in PTSD. The psychological abuse I experienced has caused me to suffer from low self esteem amongst other things. Sometimes I still feel trauma bonded but it is not as intense. I do not crave my abuser like I once did but I struggle with memories of when he idealized me and treated me somewhat well (which I now know is a part of the abuse cycle).

    This was an attempt to make me dependent on him and it worked. But since I've been free from the abuse and have been in therapy I have slowly become free from the trauma bond. Now I question myself as to the lessons that Narcissistic abuse has taught me. Yes, NPD is a real psychological condition but that does not give someone the right to abuse. Slowly I have begun to realize that there are lessons in the abuse. Some of them are listed below:

    -Narcissist know exactly what they are doing.

    -Superficial charm is a criteria for the disorder so don't feel bad if you fell for that.

    -Narcissist cannot and will not show empathy.

    -Narcissistic abuse is just as damaging as other forms of abuse.

    -It is normal to deal with difficult feelings after the abuse.

    -Recovery typically requires self care and professional help to undo the trauma bond.

    -Like other types of abuse, there are lasting effects.

    #Narcissticabuse #PTSD #EmotionalAbuse

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    I’m new here!

    Hi, my name is ianmmcc01. I'm undiagnosed and want to get diagnosed. I know that I need help, I’ve been struggling with addiction and i need to focus on my wellness.

    #MightyTogether #Depression #ADHD #Anxiety #OCD #Addiction

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    The article below is full of great ideas on how to find a good new doctor…please add your own experiences, tips and suggestions

    Great article that talks about the importance of good bedside manner, doctors that listen, checking your insurance at the start of your search, asking good questions and do your homework of course! It has lots of good ideas especially at the end under “Finding a good fit”…like…

    “…During that first visit, think about how the doctor and office staff make you feel, HHS advises. If the doctor doesn’t make you feel comfortable, show respect for what you have to say, know your medical history, and spend enough time with you, then they might not be the one for you.”

    www.everydayhealth.com/healthy-living/new-survey-asks-what-d...

    #MentalHealth #Depression #Anxiety #Disability #PTSD #Selflove #Selfcare #ChronicIlless #ChronicPain #BipolarDisorder #Bipolar2Disorder #Bipolar1Disorder #BipolarDepression #COVID19 #Migraine #Headache #PeripheralNeuropathy #Concussion #BrainFog #ParkinsonsDisease #balance #EssentialTremors #Memory #Addiction #AddictionRecovery #HIVAIDS #longtermsurvivor #ADHD #RareDisease #ChronicFatigue #IfYouFeelHopeless #Hope #Faith #FuriouslyHappy #Belief #Love #help #GettingHelp #InsideTheMighty #TheMighty #MightyTogether #DistractMe

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    Forgiveness

    Forgiveness is such a beautiful and cleansing gift to give, not necessarily because the other person deserves it, but because YOU do. Will anyone try?

    ~ Thanks to all. Thanks for all. ~

    Speaking of thanks for all, I was hoping we could acknowledge everyone who comments below. I know it seems like a small gesture, but many people here have never opened up to anyone before and being open and honest with strangers can be quite scary. So, if we could show our gratitude by giving their comment a simple reply or heart, I’m sure they would really appreciate your team support. What do you say?

    #MentalHealth #Depression #Suicide #Anxiety #BipolarDisorder #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Addiction #dissociativedisorders #OCD #ADHD #Fibromyalgia #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #POTS #PTSD #Cancer #RareDisease #Disability #Autism #Diabetes #EatingDisorders #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #RheumatoidArthritis #Schizophrenia #ComplexRegionalPainSyndrome

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    Disability

    Anyone willing to share their experience going on disability? I am really struggling to work and have been unemployed a lot more than I've been employed... I have Bipolar I disorder, Autism, Complex PTSD, generalized anxiety, OCD, ADHD, learning disabilities, a tic disorder, and a personality disorder. Plus eating disorders and addictions that I am working on recovering from. In addition, I am having some physical health concerns and am going through gender transition. No wonder I'm overwhelmed!

    #Disability #BipolarDisorder #ADHD #Autism #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #ComplexPosttraumaticStressDisorder #Dyscalculia #AnorexiaNervosa #Addiction #PolycysticOvarySyndrome #Hypertension

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    Today's Challenge

    Here is your challenge for the day! How many can you do? Are any particularly hard? If you can do all of them, will you keep this practice up for the week?

    ~ Thanks to all. Thanks for all. ~

    Speaking of thanks for all, I was hoping we could acknowledge everyone who comments below. I know it seems like a small gesture, but many people here have never opened up to anyone before and being open and honest with strangers can be quite scary. So, if we could show our gratitude by giving their comment a simple reply or heart, I’m sure they would really appreciate your team support. What do you say?

    #MentalHealth #Depression #Suicide #Anxiety #BipolarDisorder #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Addiction #dissociativedisorders #OCD #ADHD #Fibromyalgia #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #POTS #PTSD #Cancer #RareDisease #Disability #Autism #Diabetes #EatingDisorders #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #RheumatoidArthritis #Schizophrenia #ComplexRegionalPainSyndrome

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    How to build some peace in your life

    How to build some peace in your life. Mindfulness is to be mindful of your thoughts. When you watch them and don't engage or fight, a space between you and them appears and creates peace. Has anyone done this?

    ~ Thanks to all. Thanks for all. ~

    Speaking of thanks for all, I was hoping we could acknowledge everyone who comments below. I know it seems like a small gesture, but many people here have never opened up to anyone before and being open and honest with strangers can be quite scary. So, if we could show our gratitude by giving their comment a simple reply or heart, I’m sure they would really appreciate your team support. What do you say?

    #MentalHealth #Depression #Suicide #Anxiety #BipolarDisorder #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #Addiction #dissociativedisorders #OCD #ADHD #Fibromyalgia #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #POTS #PTSD #Cancer #RareDisease #Disability #Autism #Diabetes #EatingDisorders #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #RheumatoidArthritis #Schizophrenia #ComplexRegionalPainSyndrome

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