Tomorrow is the day, scared!!!
...and it will be a day you will always remember and be proud of!!!
You can do this!!
It is alright to be scared. Come here and blog read study. One day at a time.
ya don't hear me carpin about it! :-)
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Welcome to our community!
Congratulations on your decision to quit smoking - and welcome to Day One! Won't it be nice this evening to count this as Day Won?!!! I don't know how I missed your message, but will put that right with my usual welcome. These suggested readings make great crave busters!
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.
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!
You can do this! Turn your Day One into a Day WON as a wise Elder said to me on my first day! Read...blog...reach out for help if you need and keep this site close by!
Stay close to the site...it will become your best friend. Read how others have handled things and know that every single one of us started right where you are...day one becomes day WON and many more.
Welcome to EX,
Hard to get past the fact that if your goal is to quit, then, yes you can! Stick with it.
How did your first day go bcs12959? Was it a Day WON?
bcs12959 How did it go? Are you doing alright? Thinking of you, sending positive energy.
No news is good news? If not, have another go at it.
We are still here...willing to help in any way that we can. Sometimes, it takes more than one try...never quit quitting.
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