Why was it easy?

I've been smoking and drinking regularly for 20 years while maintaining a moderate exercise regime. I quit a week ago-- it was extremely hard in the past.... but this time it seems easy, too easy, and I have no desire to go back to it. How did this happen?

  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    bump bc i'm interesed.
    What changed since last time you tried to quit?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Two things. I have a two year old, now. Second, my new job pays me quarterly, up front-- plenty of money but it has made me more aware of budgeting and what a waste my cigarette and IPA habit is. Can those two things really make it so much easier?

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    My bet is you probably kept trying to quit while cutting down or taking some kind of nicotine patch, while in an environment of smokers or drinking that you couldn't control. At the same time, your relationship with smoking probably wasn't at the point where you were able to push through the nicotine addiction with willpower.

    How close was I OP? Did you not drink, not be surrounded by smokers and just cold turkey it? Perhaps this time you didn't have any stressful work?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      None of those things. I drink and smoke mostly by myself. I did start to taper smoking with some nicotine pouches, and after a day of drinking with my brother at the water park the other day (he doesn't smoke)-- I realized I just drank for 8 hours without a cigarette. Next morning I just stopped both.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    It's all about mindset. A lot of people half ass it because they still like it deep down. Once you decide you're done you're done. That's why cold turkey is more effective.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Must be I'm just done. I've had people tell me "when you're ready just quit, it's a lot easier than forcing it"

      I guess they were right?

      See

      Two things. I have a two year old, now. Second, my new job pays me quarterly, up front-- plenty of money but it has made me more aware of budgeting and what a waste my cigarette and IPA habit is. Can those two things really make it so much easier?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        I quit when I had a kid as well. Used to dip and smoke/vape virtually all day. Decided I was done one day and that was it. I haven't touched nicotine in like 5 years. It wasn't easy for me in the beginning though.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I actually picked up a virus from my 2 year old he brought home from daycare-- definitely slowed down my smoking because my tonsils were swollen and sore. Maybe everything just aligned and made it easier. Still have some 3 MG nicotine pouches for emergencies.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    the mental aspect is probably more important than the chemical withdrawal aspect (except in the case of drugs whose withdrawal can kill you)

    being less stressed helps a lot, not needing things to cope. It also helps massively when you genuinely want to stop, and you're not just doing it because you think you should. Almost all drugs can be dropped overnight with the right perspective on yourself and your relationship with the substance.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    You may have cancer fr

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Haha. Wtf. Get out.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >I quit a week ago
    stay clean longer before you start bragging, gay

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Quit for 8 months before and each day was a struggle. This is different. Just wondering if anyone has a similar experience-- no need to be hostile, go back to /b.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Yes I had the same experience. It was very easy to quit, and very weird that I did.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Did you have any other life events that made it easier like

          Two things. I have a two year old, now. Second, my new job pays me quarterly, up front-- plenty of money but it has made me more aware of budgeting and what a waste my cigarette and IPA habit is. Can those two things really make it so much easier?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            No. I just quit randomly

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    quitting alcohol for me was just flipping a switch. quit one day and havent had any for 5 years.
    nicotine is more troublesome. ive quit for 6 months several times over the year sometimes its easy sometimes its a hellish grind but i still go back because nicotine makes me feel smart when i use it.

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    smoking increases up to 15% of free test
    im never going to give it up
    stick to more natural sources like high quality cigars
    also nicotine boosts mental focus if you find the right amount and the least damaging administration of it
    stop letting doctors and garden gnomes tell you how to live your life, not everything is le bad bad bad
    just like eating red meat is extremly beneficial to you but this new gen gay bullshit only pushes for veggies legumes and donuts......
    they're priming us to be cattle you stupid fucks, the rich will eat meat, the poor will be fed bread
    we're slowly transgressing back to medieval ages

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      there are way better ways to consume nicotine and get the benefits than smoking, anon

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Man, I used to smoke, and then stopped. My advice is to just stop. Everything is better, even stress. Smoking creates stress then tricks you into thinking it's being relieved. My life is a million times better without smoking.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Thinking smoking cigarrETTES was manly or cool was a marketer's trick in the first place. Doctors and garden gnomes were the ones who first started making smoking popular

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