Do someone else have a similar problem.
I sure did at day 3. Think I read that is typically the worst day for most. All of the suggestions like breathing, ice water, distractions, etc. did help a teeny bit that day, but it was still awful. I pretty much decided to just accept that I was going to be miserable for awhile. Promised myself I would re-evaluate the next day (then that became the next hour, and next minute....). Wish I could make it better for you, but please know we are all rooting for you! You are in great company!
In the beginning you will have thoughts of smoking. BUT you have to come to a commitment that no matter what you will not smoke. Just because you think of something does not make you have to do it. In time the thoughts will decrease. You have to go through the process in order to remain smoke free. NOPE not one puff ever. When the thoughts come think of something to do to make those thoughts subside.
Welcome to EX. 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
Go to http://www.becomeanex.org/how-to-quit-smoking.php#thl and get started.
Welcome to our community!
Congratulations on your decision to quit and your first three days. You are on your way! Of course you are still craving a cigarette. You smoked for a really long time, I'm guessing....and it takes awhile for both your body and mind to adjust to life without it.
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 also highly recommend Allen Carr's “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” This is an easy and entertaining 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, 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 didn't mention if you are using a quit aid? I will tell you what I think of various ones. 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!
I think the first 3 days are the wost then it levels off a bit and by the third day you are realizing you can get throeugh the craves . the craves are powerful n the beginning but ou can change your thoughts you have power within in to do that sure the thought pops upagain but you change your thought again ..."I don't do that anymore " ..."pretty soon I will have freedom from this addiction ! " anything and rverything possible My elder Dale once said to laugh at the crave Ha ! get lost Nicodemon i don't want you anymore then take 3 deep breaths slowly in and out last breath extra slow inhale and exhale relax your body into it !
What is your plan ? NRT's or cold turkey ? I used the patch which helped weaken the craves for me . I now have 952 days of freedom that you can have too ! You can do it !!!
Ride those craves !!!
Tell us if you made it. your title sounds like you've resigned yourself to the same results.
Of course you're going to have cravings. Are you using an aid?
We ALL did...it is part of the journey. Smoking was part of everything we did in our lives...we had to relearn everything, it is so worth it, it is a one step at a time journey and baby steps count!
No crave ever killed anyone, there is no one here who does not know someone who died because of smoking....as someone with COPD, I can tell you that it is NOT an easy way to go through life.
It's time to talk. How long have you smoked? How do you feel about quitting? What helps you to feel better? What is on your super list? What reading have you done? Have you watched videos? Are you connecting with others? Are you taking quit med or NRT?
As a long time smoker, I consigned myself to a life of smoking at age 54. When I mustered to the call to give myself a second chance, I soldiered forward, quit cold turkey, and used the internet for support but passively. I did not come to Ex until a year ago. I made progress on my own, but here I'm getting the support I need. Being alone with the addiction is not a good thing.
The addiction is problematic in that smoking cigs puts nicotine into the body quickly and near constantly (that's why smokers smoke more first thing in the morning...to get the nicotine level back up). In quitting, it's the drug and the memory of feeling normal with the drug that has to be undone. This takes time. Especially if you have come to believe that smoking is all you really have to feel good or normal. But nicotine's effect on you will leave you. Support is a good thing. Especially at Ex. There are seasoned quitters here ready to listen, encourage and guide.
How did you make out earlier today, I hope you got busy and got through the cravings they'll be more cravings and thoughts of smoking but you must stick with your quit and keep stacking up those precious smoke free days,you can do this. Anite let us know how we can help.
We are thinking of you...
Well---not too uncommon to crave a cigarette after only 3 days quit.....after all....you smoked for waaaaaaay longer than 3 days. So, it would make sense that it takes a "bit" longer to be over all of the withdrawals, craves, memories and other attachments to the substance. We are addicts. It takes some hard (BUT NOT IMPOSSIBLE) work to quit. You CAN do this.....we all did and we are no different from you. reach out and tell us how you are doing, what plans you made. This is the BEST place for support.
Thank you all. I made it through day 3. Now it is day 4. My mouth feels funny as if it needs nicotine! I drink a lot of water! Does not help at all! But I am strong. Will chew on something else!
I cut a straw into thirds and chewed on them. also used lifesaver wintogreens
What To Expect In The First Four Months
Good to hear from you Anite. Yes you can! Keep up the good work.
I hope you are going strong and now on day 5. You are notching them up so dont give in.
I found that whenever I thought of a cigarette, I would brush my teeth or rinse with mouth wash or drink fresh orange juice. Try some of these....but keep up the amazing work and make sure this is your forever quit.
You can do this but it really does take time, it's not something that just disappears because we want it to. It takes time and there will be good times and bad times, we have all had to relearn things without smoking. You can do this....read, blog, comment, be willing to feel...smoking stuffs feelings, you are going to EXPERIENCE them.
I am sorry to be late to the support party but I believe we can use a supportive word any given day of our quits! Self-education, based on the materials presented to you will help a lot!
Cravings? Of course, we all had them, but as someone before said, you have to make your decision you are becoming an EX and getting over the cravings is part of it. What helped me the most was training to deep breathing till the craving passed, or also said above, learn to ride the craves. Another thing which helped me in a place I always smoked, the car, was chewing on sunflower seeds. You could also use cinnamon sticks, they are fragrant enough to kill the "phantom" taste of smoking in your mouth.
All the best, we all want to you to succeed, and remember it is one day, sometimes one hour, or minutes at the time...Be patient with yourself, you are doing good!
Remember, each hour, each day that you add to your quit, you get stronger. We have ALL been where you are. We are here to help.
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