For some reason today has been the hardest of the last four and I'm finding it difficult to care about the negative effects. I don't want to lose the progress I've made...but I am also so close to giving I tonight
Hold on don’t smoke. If you have any smokes left over with you please step on them or smash them. I am going to find you some helpful links to read don’t go away and smoke. Hang on I will be back.
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Please read the stuff in my quit kit.
Stay busy it really helps. This happened to me also and keeping busy really helps so anything to keep your mind off of smoking. Hot baths are great or showers it is relaxing.
Activities you can do to keep yourself busy instead of smoking
Read blogs in the best of Ex here is the link. Hang in there please don't smoke. You can do this.
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I hope you are still hanging in there and did not go get any smokes from anyone or the store. Your brain is just screwing around with you right now don’t let this addiction get the best of you. Keep telling yourself you can do this.
I hope this morning you were able to get through a rough time because they come and go and you have to learn to deal with it no matter what. Understanding that you are withdrawing from a drug gives it a different aspect. Understand the nicotine addiction. @www.whyquit.com and read Addiction 101
Hope today is better for you. You did the right thing reaching out. Continue to do that when you're having a rough moment. I know how much it meant to me during my early days. We're here for you.
Are you still here with us Puppluv87? you can do this quit believe it deep breaths and know that we're all here to help you in any way we can, it's not easy by any stretch of the imagination in those days and weeks of quitting smoking but with commitment and perseverance you will succeed in living a life of Freedom.....
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Sorry to have missed this post earlier! Of COURSE you are having a difficult time at four days quit. The first week is difficult; the second week uncomfortable. BUT - the only way out is through. I wish you had found us earlier but understanding our addiction's two parts (the physical and the psychological) and having tools to use when it gets hard are keys to success. Do not argue with yourself about smoking....it's a battle you can't win. When those thoughts happen (and they will) divert your attention to something else - get busy!
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 easy and entertaining read provided a world of good information about nicotine addiction, most of which I was not aware. I credit it in large part with my success at quitting. You can search for it online or at your local library.
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-smoke
The 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!
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