New to this site. What is Currently being moderated. mean?
To prevent spam to the site we have some utilities that check posts for potential spam. When you're a newer member it looks a little more closely than when you have been on here a little while. Spammers tend to create an account spam and then never come back. If nothing is wrong we approve your post and it goes up. During normal business hours this is usually fairly quickly. During weekends, holidays and overnight it is a little longer but we work to get things approved as quickly as possible. Recently we've also had some issues with our spam filter being a little over zealous so we've been adjusting it to get the right balance.
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Thank you. Nice that things are monitored correctly. Not so on another site I'm on and they are losing a lot of great people.
julesakaGG wrote: Thank you. Nice that things are monitored correctly. Not so on another site I'm on and they are losing a lot of great people.
No problem! Yes we try to keep the site as free from spam as we can. Most of it is automatically prevented but once in awhile something gets through that is spam and other things that aren't spam get flagged on occasion. Neither is ideal but we do our best to minimize disruption that we can.
Sad to hear that lack of moderation is hurting the other site you are on.
Since I see your question has already been answered, let me welcome you to our community! Please let us know a bit about you, your quit date, your smoking history so we might support your journey. My welcome here is for folks who have not yet quit, but the information I believe is valuable even if you have!
The most 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. Here is a link to a free PDF version of it:
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, quitsmokingonline.com and livewell.com for the good information contained there. Best of EX has lots of blogs written by members of this site with their experiences and guidance. You should also do the tracking and separation exercises suggested in My Quit Plan http://www.becomeanex.org/my-quit-plan.php
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. 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. I do not recommend the e-cigarette for three 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, and 3) the batteries can spontaneously catch on fire. . But – any method that you think will work well for you will be best for you.
The idea is to change up your routines so the smoking associations are reduced. Drink your coffee with your OTHER hand. 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. 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:
101 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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