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I'm getting you noticed! Sorry for the delay! We have gotten caught up in our friends in Florida, Houston, etc as well as some smoking related illness. But you are very Welcome and you're doing everything right! Patience!
Welcome to our community!
To begin, you might check out Community Help and My Quit Smoking Plan | A Program To Help You Stop Smoking: BecomeAnEX. Read the blogs (you've found them!) and then the pages of the authors (click on their avatar and then "Content"). Check out the Groups https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/places?filterID=all~objecttype~objecttype%5Bsocialgroup%5D (but be sure to check the dates of activity to see if they are currently active).
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. @https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/groups/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:
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!
Welcome, you've made the best decision that you'll ever make in your lifetime by quitting smoking, you can and will be successful one precious smoke free day at a time or one minute or even one second but every day you get through is another day WON!
You are not the only one having problems with understanding how this site works. hahahahahahaha
One thing though, it's not worth smoking over, so protect your quit as you figure it out.
Welcome to EX. Go to http://www.becomeanex.org/how-to-quit-smoking.php#thl and get started.
If you hang around you will find that quitting is doable, many of us have. Look forward to a new day and a new way. It is up to you. You have come to the right place for a new day and a rebirth. This is all about you and what you are willing to do to be smoke free. Quitting smoking requires hard work. It can be challenging at times but you will learn that it is doable if you adhere to NOPE not one puff ever no matter what. Start first, by educating yourself about nicotine addiction. Education is the key to a successful quit. Read: Freedom from Nicotine My Journey Home and Nicotine Addiction 101
Here are the links: http://whyquit.com/whyquit/LinksAAddiction.html and http://whyquit.com/ffn/
I also encourage you to read. Allen Carr’s book, “Easy Easier Way to Quit Smoking”.
The link is here: http://media.wix.com/ugd/74fa87_2010cc5496521431188f905b7234a829.pdf
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Welcome, and congratulations on your decision! You got all the beginner's kit you might need for the first couple of weeks! You see now your answers won't go un-noticed!
Blog, tell us about you and your challenges on your quit journey, and help will come to you!
Also read, educate yourself about the addiction, so many of us here lost prior, precious quits, because of the ignorance when it came to the dependency on Nicotine, sad to say but true!
But you are here now, and you can enjoy the benefits of so much experience in one stop shop!
Keep close, talk to us, ask questions, ask for help, there will always be someone to be with you in times of need!
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