My 1st morning without a cig. It's rough.
The FIRST day of the rest of your free life! Try to think of the POSITIVES of not being a slave to your addiction anymore - and there are many,
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.
Hang in there!
You can turn this day from Day One to Day WON!
I am just putting the links below as a refresher and to give you something to read and take your mind off of smoking.
A list of our Elders ELDER'S LIST
Some of the things I read in my first few days that helped me:
Dale’s Welcome to New Members My Welcome To New Members (10 Years Of Watching)
Nancy’s Blog 101 Things to Do Instead of Smoke
Dale’s Blog What To Expect In The First Four Months
Visit Best of EX
And read what has been posted there.
JACKIE1-25-15 gave me the link to Alan Carr’s book, “Easy Way to Quit Smoking”. I actually didn’t read the online PDF, but purchased a book on CD from Amazon and listened to it in my car over and over again for the first two weeks of my quit. The link to the PDF:
Keep this site close and keep posting and asking for help. You will get it. You will get things you like and things you don't like, but don't give up!!! We have been through similar experiences and can share our strength and hope. We are here to support you!
Stay close and do what you just did...you reached out. We have ALL been there, there is no other way than one step at a time.
Hey there beccalynn35 ! Just reaching out to encourage you to get through this day. I have been there more than once, have several quits that I messed up! I still remember how hard my first quit was and it seems like HELL trying to get through a moment at times...
but YOU can DO THIS. Take a moment, a second, a millisecond at a time. Delay, go somewhere you can’t get to the evils, call someone, log on here, scream, cry, go for a walk or a run, get a hug, give a hug, breathe in and out, go shopping, shop online and put a ton of things in your cart you have always wanted. It doesn’t really matter what you do (as long as it’s legal and doesn’t include harming self or others! I used to think I wanted to hurt others in the midst of a quit) As long as it does not involve SMOKING.
You are going to make it to the end of this day and you are going to be SO PROUD and then you will KNOW in your own heart that you really can QUIT FOR GOOD.
Some days will be rough. That is why it takes planning and preparation for those rough days. What's in you tool kit that you could use today?
Example of quit kit
A list of why you quit
Book to read
Cinnamon toothpicks you can find these on amazon.com
Emails of people that are supportive
Hobby have a hobby to keep you distracted
Lemon bit into it (I think this one is from Dale what he tells people to do)
Links to a funny video to get you into a good mood
Other web sites you can find your friends at for support
Phone numbers of someone supportive
Vicks vapor rub put a little bit under your nose during craves
Water bottle to keep with you all times
Hi ya All! I made it through my morning craves, and then took a nap! Now it's afternoon. Had a crave but it wasn't as powerful as the morning ones were.
I do have a quit kit. It has
Cinnamon tooth picks
Easy way to quit smoking i have on audable
I want to put more in it, and Jackie gave me great ideas, thanks jackie
I listened to Easy Way as well. And then I listened to it over and over for the first week or so. It really helped me out! Carrot sticks helped me and so did straws. Learn to (I call it) square breathe. Breathe in slowly for a 2-3 count and out for twice as long. It will stimulate the breathing you do while smoking and can help craves. You've got this. Turn Day One into Day WON!
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