Help!!! My quiting date is tomorrow 1 August and I am already scared of cravings.
Don't be afraid. There is nothing to lose, only something to gain. It's not easy, but you can do it. Reach out to this site if you need help. We're here for you.
Read and learn, come here often, and remember that a craving is just a suggestion; it's not a command.
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A craving never killed anyone. The same cannot be said about smoking! I strongly recommend you dig in to the reading I will recommend. It will make the world of difference in how you view this process.
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. You can search for it online or at your local library. Here's a link to a video here on the site which describes nicotine addiction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpWMgPHn0Lo&feature=youtu.be. 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. Today, you should also do the tracking and separation exercises suggested in My Quit Plan http://www.becomeanex.org/my-quit-plan.php 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 in a place different from when you smoked. Maybe switch to tea for a bit. 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. Keep a cold bottle of water with you from which to sip. 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: https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/blogs/Youngatheart.7.4.12-blog/2013/02/25/100-things-to-do-instead-of-smoke 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! Nancy
And please let us know how you are doing ! Stay close to the site, we will help if you call out for help! Someone is always listening! Use HELP as your subject line! Great decision you have made to quit Anite! Today is day one, but at the end of today and every day after.....it will be Day Won!
Anite Welcome back...just what do you think a craving can do to you? It can't kill you, it can't make you run naked into traffic, it can't make you do anything except smoke. One simple thing you have to do...DON'T SMOKE. One minute at a time if one day at a time is too long. You CAN do this, I won't tell you that it is easy but after smoking for 47 years, I have been free for 4 1/2...how I wish those numbers were reversed and I had been FREE for 47 years. Maybe then, I would not have to use oxygen at night, I would not be short of breath with the least exertion, I would not be so tired that I feel like I cannot even hold my head up half the time, I would still have a full set of lungs instead of having had both upper lobes of my lungs removed. You have so much to look forward to...please do the reading that Youngatheart.7.4.12 recommended and be proud of yourself, know that you are much stronger than you think you are. Your addiction is talking to you because you have IT scared.
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