I’m so scared. Tomorrow is my quit date I want so much to do this #
You can do this! We will help! Live Free my friend! Live Smoke Free!!
Then you WILL do it, or actually you WON'T...You won't have to smoke anymore. You'll be FREE! Nothing to be scared of at all. Come here, do lots of reading, and breathe. We'll be here for you!
Welcome to the site! You have come to the right place - great support here! We all know that fear you mentioned. I smoked for 40 years. I quit over 7 years ago -thanks to this site. But I still remember the fear ahead of time. Turned out that once I got past that - I was able to find freedom!! You can too - stay close! Congrats on deciding to quit!
Hi and welcome! Of course your scared. However you are going into new territory and a whole new life without smoking as a crutch....your going to be feeling that BEAUTIFUL sense of freedom soon! You will go through so hard moments but look at each one as a stepping stone that will be a wonderful gift for yourself.
Read. Read Read...visit here often. You will gain strength in here. Get some Vicks Vapor rub.
I have no idea why, but when I had horrible moment of craves, I had read that if you put some under your nose it helped decrease the crave. WOW did it ever! I had little blue bottles of Vicks everywhere, lol.
We are here for you. So glad you found us. Reach out anytime, someones always here or will be shortly to help.
Get Allen Carrs book, the EASYWAY TO STOP SMOKING. It was also a lifesaver for me.
Oh wow thanks that rubbing vicks under your nose sounds like a good idea , soothing xD I will try it out.
I bought the Vick’s inhaler today and it does help
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Welcome to our community!
We all, pretty much, were uneasy the nights before our quits. Hang tough!
I will give you some reading to do this evening, with enough left over for the first couple days of your quit: For Our New Years' Quitters (and community members, too). Some of it won't pertain to you - but what is will help you understand this addiction - and might even take some of the fear away.
Congratulations on your decision to quit. Nobody ever regretted quitting smoking too early - MANY regretted quitting too late!
Welcome to EX, please pay attention to the advice given above. This is not a battle, this is a journey...one day at a time, one step at a time without allowing nicotine to control your every thought. You will learn about yourself and the person you were always meant to be. None of us were born smoking...we stunted our emotional growth because we smoked, it does not mean that we have to remain there.
Nice to meet you...stay close to the site. I checked in every morning and every evening, I blogged, I commented, I asked for advice, I LISTENED to what I was told to do and what I was told to expect. I have been free for close to four years now and I still come here every day if I can. I take the Daily Pledge in the morning and I ride on the Freedom Train. You can find links to both under "Celebrations and Events" at the top of the page.
One of my favorite quotes is from OldBones-Larry "One step and then another will get you to where you want to be."
Thank you so much
As you can see, you will have incredible support and great advice here at EX. Check in as often as you can....I "lived" on this site for my first 6 months! It is a huge help to quitting.
Welcome to EX....we are all here for each other.
The way to get over your fear is by meeting it. Which you will do shortly. Quitting is not the end of the world, just the end of old behaviors and the beginning of new ones. Change is scary. No doubt about it. And it's uncomfortable being out of our norm. But you've quit for 2 1/2 years in the past, so you know you can do it. This time you have the wisdom of that last experience and I hope you've been doing lots of homework since you joined back in December. Homework being - studying the tools offered here; understanding your triggers, learning how to delay lighting up, etc.
I was always afraid of June bugs. Big, ugly, buzzy, creepy things. But so dumb. I wanted to conquer that fear, so one day I let one crawl onto my hand off the window screen. EEEEK. ICK and YOWZA! But it didn't bite me. It had prickly backward type barbs on its legs, so it stuck to all the little hairs on my arm as it moved along which was kind of freak-out time. But it didn't bite me. And that was probably my main fear. I thought grasshoppers were innocent until I was bitten by one. But this guy was like a manatee, just a big old simple creature that meant no harm.
Point being - it wasn't a comfortable experience, but I got over my fear. I no longer shriek when they bump into me. Quitting is similar. But not nearly as icky as having a June bug crawl up your arm!
Freedom is in meeting your fear head on and realizing it wasn't as terrifying as you thought.
Welcome to the new non-smoking YOU!
Barb102, you can do this. I speak for myself, but know there are so many others who were scared when they set their date and started their quit. It's fear of the unknown, but the one thing you will know is that you are doing something that will benefit you for the rest of your life. Just a helpful hint...try not to sit in a thought about smoking. Think of anything else. Most of the quit has to do with changing your thoughts and behaviors. The physical aspect is done sooner, but the former take time. Don't be frightened by that word time. You are giving yourself precious time by not smoking. Come here a lot. Everyone is eager to help. The Elders are amazing and you will feel so much better after they respond to you. Sending you hugs.
YAY! Today is the day! I know it is scary. Remember a couple of things...no one died quitting smoking, but they have died smoking.
Turn your Day One into a Day WON!!!! Read....and then read more. Keep yourself busy! 101 Things to Do Instead of Smoke There is some good stuff on this discussion, too! For Our New Years' Quitters (and community members, too)
Make sure to take the The Daily Pledge January 2018
We are here for you! You've got this!
Thanks! I’ll check out the links.
I hope I can do this!
Hi and welcome to the community. Today is the day you start your journey of freedom. It may not go as bad as you anticipated, I remember my first day like it was yesterday, it was not as bad as I imagined. Stay super close today and if you stuggle and need help put up a blog and title it help and we will be there in a hurry minute before you chose to smoke. Have a great day and take it one day, minute, second if need. You CAN do this.
Let us know how you are doing? We CARE!
you fear means it's your first quit, else it's not that difficult. just patience, distraction and activities that's all. breathe a new life.....
Is today your quit date? Read study blog. The best is yet to come. Click on the link and get started.
Welcome to EX...do the reading and know that you are NOT alone, we have all been where you are, we have all done this one day at a time, it is the only way.
Thanks I’m telling myself I just have to quit for today otherwise it’s overwhelming to me. Barb
That's what it IS, one day at a time and when a whole day seems too long...make it an hour or a minute. Make it one experience at a time. Each time you manage to do something without smoking, you have added to your strength...as your strength grows, your fear will weaken...your addiction will lose its grip on you. You are making new memories and those smoke free memories are very important. No crave ever killed anyone, ANYONE! NO ONE can say that about smoking. Stay as close to the site as you possibly can. Read, blog, comment, pay attention to advice that is being offered. Every person here wants you to succeed.
After quitting and staying quit, the pieces will come back together. Only at first does quitting seem like a goodbye too big to say. But one thing turns out to be true, nicotine ruled us, we didn't rule it--recovery from the addiction becomes ever the sweeter as you go one day at a time.
one day at a time
Believe in yourself. You can stop-you've done it before. It's not easy but it's doable and you'll be so happy you quit. Read everything you can find regarding quitting and nicotine addiction. Take to heart all of the advice above. Quitting is something that you can learn how to do. The more you learn, the more confidence you will have. You don't have to be afraid of quitting.You're afraid because you'll be out of your comfort zone, but this will pass.
My quit date is Monday. I can relate to being scared....petrified is more like it.
Welcome, hergie !
I hope you will do all the reading I recommended earlier in this blog. Educating yourself is SO important to this endeavor. Do the tracking and separation exercises suggested under "My Quit Plan" if you can. Think about how you can change up your routines so you can reduce triggers and associations.
You CAN do this; we can help!
Hi hergie. Welcome to the best place on the web. I can relate and I am sure there are scores of people in this community that can as well. Taking it one day at a time, one hour at a time, one minute at a time, or even one second at a time will help. Keep coming to this site for support and encouragement. It really does work.
Don't be afraid to quit. It's not easy but you can quit. The discomfort is tempory and the benefits last a lifetime. The more you learn about quitting and nicotine addiction the better equipped you will become to becomeanex.
Welcome hergie! Can't wait to hear about your successful first day. Sometimes repetitive motivational attempts seem fake, but I promise you that you will learn more about yourself by quitting than imaginable. Give yourself some love and try out this site.
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