I got my first patches,and I'm having anxiety
Help I don't know what to do. I have anxiety and a lot of problems in dealing with my family. Help ,I don't know how to do this
OK, if you don't know how to do this, then take a deep breath, try to put your fear on pause, start at the beginning. What brought you to the decision to quit? Have you read much about the addiction to nicotine? Learning and planning are strong ways to help you get to or keep the quit you have.
Good morning! Sorry that you didn't get a response yet. Hopefully you are feeling better this morning. Take a slow deep breath (wonderful for dealing with anxiety.) Quitting smoking is a journey of lots of twists and turns. We have to put on our big girl panties and do whatever we need to do. It is so worth it but it takes time.. Congratulations on your decision to quit smoking.
Hi freaking out. Happy you decided to quit. Have you actually quit or are you in the preparation stage? We all have stressors, the key is learning how to deal with them in a new way. Stay close to the site and do a lot of reading. Preparation, education, and the support on this site is key. Reach out for help when you need it.
Welcome to our community!
It is perfectly normal to feel anxious when we are entering a territory we have never before traveled. We don't know what to expect and, of course, we expect the WORST. I think if you do the reading I will recommend, you will be less anxious. You will understand your addiction and thus can be better prepared for the journey ahead. I won't lie - this isn't easy in the early days, but it gets easier and easier as time passes.
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. 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!
None of us knew how to do it, until we did it. It's an ongoing learning process, this quitting thing. Here's some reading material that might help acquaint you with some of the necessary steps: Quitting is a Skill that CAN be Learned
Search engine here is a good one. You might just type "anxiety", or "stress" in the community search box (magnifier icon upper right). There are many blogs about just that and the comments are very helpful.
You can do this. Lots and lots of us have. Chin up and have heart!
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