Today is the first day of me stopping. I want to smoke so bad, because I'm bored. So is there any advice on what I should do for the cravings?
youtube videos are fun.
there's a video section here
Get a hobby
I played guitar 10 hours a day my first two weeks to get my dopamine and enjoy the time I had off.
If you have a workplace job, just change it up. Take a walk
figure out what works for you
A Recipe for a Forever Quit
You want to smoke because you're an addict. Here is some help until some elders can come along to offer you more support. Just don't smoke.
Those are good tips I'll do it.
101 Things to Do Instead of Smoke
Early Withdrawal Symptoms
I just went into a zone the first week. Honestly, that's kind where you need to be. Use this week to pay attention to how you feel and what cigarettes do for you. Get in touch with that. Above all, just be good to yourself for that first week. Sleep, eat, walk, take another shower, watch tv, read, anything but smoke. I'm only on day 27, so I can say that it does get a lot easier. Smoking does not make your life more exciting and not smoking doesn't make it less boring. Smoking just puts a stink stick in your hand and keep you addicted. That's all it does.
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Here is another link to review. http://www.cancer.org/healthy/stayawayfromtobacco/quitting-smoking-help-for-cravings-and-tough-situations
Thanks for your help Jackie!
Make it your job to stay busy with anything other than smoking. If you have decided to quit, then be proud for your first day. Then on to the next.
Quitting is a Skill that CAN be Learned
None of these are mine and I don't mean to steal anything from anyone. Just trying to help you move on from those terrible cravings!
JUST DON'T SMOKE!
You are doing great no apologies needed.
Why are you bored? Is there nothing in the world to engage your mind that you find interesting, intriguing? If boredom is a major trigger for you, then part of your homework is to come up with things to do or think about that excite those synapses. Getting up and out of wherever you are will help. Do you do any sports? Bike ride? Shoot baskets? Go around and take pictures of something with your cell phone. Change your scenery. Put on some wild music and dance your crave away. Don't just sit there and dwell on smoking. You'll drown.
Remember that no crave ever killed anyone and NO ONE can say that about smoking. Stay in the moment, remember this is a journey and it cannot be rushed, there are no short cuts. You CAN do this. I drank a LOT of very cold water, you can blow bubbles, exercise, play games on line, watch funny movies. Keep reminding yourself of why you want to quit and STAY quit.
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All of the above, and also:
Organize a closet or a pantry
Clear clutter in your storage area (basement, garage, etc.)
Yard work on nice days
Walk the dogs (If you don't have dogs, offer walking services to the local humane society.)
Do 5 -to-15 minutes of stretches (many free videos on YouTube)
Sip ice-cold water
Call a family member or friend you haven't spoken to in a while
Lift weights for a few minutes, if you have hand-weights at home
The best advice you got here to so far is to plan for these periods of boredom, just as you plan for triggers. Literally write it out and revisit what you've written. Include planning for stressful times, too. A good plan will take you far!
I'm new at this, too. 28 days, I think. I don't know much, but I do know it'll be SO worth it to have a plan that works for you. Get to day three or four, then tell us--how do you feel? I was blown away by how much easier it was to breathe almost within the first 24 hours. It's truly remarkable. It was what motivated me to keep going during that first, hard week.
I'm rooting for you!
Thank that was helpful.
Welcome to the community, we're all here to help you in any way we can, stay close and read everything you can about quitting smoking and remaining quit because there's a wealth of information here to strengthen your resolve to kick the nicotine poison to the curb and start living a life of Freedom one precious Smokefree Day at a time or hour minute or even a second at a time and each day you get through is another Day WON!
I cannot advise you, but I tried to sleep the first three days, yes all of it. pretty hard if your working. try this. if ther is something in it you don't like, just note that you do not like it and carry on, don't throw out the baby with the bath water. get a pillow under your head, and a comfy blanket, you are healing. you have been injured by cigarettes, you need to heal. A guided meditation you do lying down. - YouTube if you are not asleep after that try this. don't try to stay awake. Hypnosis to quit smoking mindfully - YouTube your body is starting to go through detox. drink tons and tons and tons of water. I will keep an eye on you. post here. stick close, you will get lots of support here. We are all addicts. and we want you to quit.
Hi Truztie11. Just read you post. Boredom definitely increases thoughts, urges, and cravings to smoke, so get engaged in something when this happens. I am moving to day three, but had a prior quit and found that when I actually got up and moved (regardless of what I went to do) my mind started going in a different direction. For example, if I was in my office and an urge came on while I was reading (which is one of my enjoyable activities) I would go up to the kitchen to see if I needed to straighten something or I would go to the bathroom. One thing that always helped me was using a hand lotion (I love Jergens Original scent). One reason I wanted to quit (not the top priority) was that I hated the smell cigarettes left on my hands. Every time I use the lotion I put my hands to my nose and enjoy the clean smell. Find something that works for you and then keep doing it.
I had a hard time with boredom too.... well, I had a hard time with everything. Lol. I slept a lot and ate a ton of licorice. I was on this site 24/7 too. Hang in there. It gets easier.
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