Day 1 tips are greatly appreciated I have been smoking almost 2 packs a day
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Day One may certainly be Day WON by now. Congrats!
The important thing you can do right now is to educate yourself on what nicotine does to your body and mind. To that end, I highly recommend Allen Carr's “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” This is an easy and entertaining read. You can search for it online or at your local library. If you do nothing else to get ready for your quit, please do give this a read.
You should also read the posts here and perhaps go to the pages of folks who you think might be helpful. You might visit whyquit.com, quitsmoking.com and livewell.com for the good information contained there. @https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/groups/best-of-ex has lots of blogs written by members of this site with their experiences and guidance. Here is a video to inform you further about nicotine addiction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpWMgPHn0Lo&feature=youtu.be.
After you have completed the recommended reading, it will be time to make an informed choice of the quit aid, if any, you will use. If you go that route, I personally recommend the aids that don't let the addict control the dose such as the available prescription drugs or the patch. If used properly, gum, lozenges and inhalers are fine, but they need to be used only as a last resort after you have tried to delay and distract. I have seen folks become addicted to them if they substitute them for every cigarette they used to smoke - just trading one addiction for another. You need to start out with a plan to reduce use of them over time - which the patch does by decreasing the dose contained in them.. For the gum, you can start by cutting each piece in half, then in quarters, then sub regular gum of the same flavor in between, adding more and more regular gum. For the lozenge, you need to start subbing a mint in between to begin, increasing the number of them over time. I do not recommend the e-cigarette for four reasons: 1) the vapor has been compared to the polluted air in Bejing on a bad day, 2) they just provide another nicotine delivery system while continuing the hand to mouth smoking motion, 3) the batteries can spontaneously catch on fire and 4) you can become addicted to that and it has not yet been proven safe .
The idea is to change up your routines so the smoking associations are reduced. Drink your coffee with your OTHER hand in a place different from when you smoked. Maybe switch to tea for a bit. If you always had that first smoke with your coffee, try putting your tennies on right out of bed, going for a quick walk, then taking your shower and THEN your coffee! Rearrange the furniture in the areas you used to smoke so the view is different. Buy your gas at a different station. Take a different route to work. Take a quick walk at break time where the smokers AREN'T. You need to distract yourself through any craves. You can take a bite out of a lemon (yup - rind and all), put your head in the freezer and take a deep breath of cold air, do a few jumping jacks, go for a brisk walk or march in place, play a computer game. Keep a cold bottle of water with you from which to sip. Don't let that smoking thought rattle around in your brain unchallenged. Sometimes you need to quit a minute or an hour at a time. You will need to be disciplined in the early days to distract yourself when a crave hits. Get busy! Here is a link to a list of things to do instead of smoke if you need some fresh ideas: https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/blogs/Youngatheart.7.4.12-blog/2013/02/25/100-things-to-do-instead-of-smokeThe conversation in your head in response to the "I want a cigarette" thought needs to be, "Well, since I have decided not to do that anymore, what shall I do instead for the three minutes this crave will last?" Then DO it. You will need to put some effort into this in the early days, but it gets easier and easier to do.
Stay close to us here and ask questions when you have them and for support when you need it. We will be with you every step of the way!
Day 1 tips - STAY ACTIVE. Do everything you can to change your focus from cigarette thinking and try this technique: Craving Buster Technique
My go to was sour patch kids and chewing on straws. I could tear up some straws.
Hi and Welcome to Ex’s...Shadow420nc
I am a bit late on Day 1...but hope you are on to Day 2...Kudos to quitting smoking, it is the best thing you can do for you...it takes preparation, knowledge, and hard work....Please read at My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX
also, drink lots of water and breath nice and slow ... do anything healthy but smoke...here is some help
100 Things to do instead of smoking!
We are here for you...stay close to the support site...~ Colleen 232 DOF
Best tip ever is to understand that every single time you inhale a smoke your waking up the brains receptors and setting yourself up for the next crave. Once I understood that concept it made all the sense in the world to me why I had such a hard time quitting. Time to STARVE those recpetors and the best way to do that is like Dale says, jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007 , "Keep them away from your face". Thats and get busy understanding the addiction and make a list of what you will do when the craves come. I believe someone above sent you some links on that?
Anyway, its doable but you gotta put forth the effort and determination to see it through.
What comes Easy, won't work......
What works, won't come easy.....
but the payoff os worth it!
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