How do I get involved ?? I'm lost. Hahaha.
Well for starters you can introduce yourself. Tell us a little about yourself and your smoking and/or quitting history. That way we are better prepared to give you advise and encouragement. Have you already quit or just preparing to quit? There are exercises under "my quit plan" that can help you get started.
You're in the right place! Keep posting blogs and give it some time to get responses. We care about you and your Quit Journey! Read other Blogs. There are the chatty types, pleas for help and/ or prayers, instructive, educational, good laughs, journaling types, confessions, updates, and more. Each has great content and comments! Write, write, write! The more you share, the more we get to know you your needs and wants, your hopes and thoughts, and the more we can help you!
Take your shoes off. We need to see your feet. :-)
What To Expect In The First Four Months
Welcome to our community!
Glad to see you! Please do tell us a bit about yourself....your smoking history. why you want to quit, how much you smoke, your quit date (if you have selected one). It will help us help you to know a bit about you.
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!
Good Friday morning naptown , give us a shout out and let us know how you're doing and if there's anything we can do to help you with your awesome quit.
Welcome! You have gotten some great advice already so I will just add if you click on HOME above, the page will show you the most recent blogs on the left, discussions on the right, and at the bottom left, the most helpful information! Try taking a look at Best of EX which has a ton of helpful posts. Read read read and poke around until you see something that clicks with you and tell us a bit about yourself!
You're not lost. You're found!
Don't you just love how many answers you got?
You've got welcome, guidance, jokes, smiles, hugs, and helping hands.
Why don't you tell us a little about yourself, how you are doing, and how can we help?
But for now, just a warm
THERE you go, you have been welcomed by the best of the best! Glad you are here.
Hi you found us and stick around you will find your way ! It takes awhile but so does anything worth while
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