It's day 2 for me with no cigs. I’ve been on Chantix for a little over a week now and it helps, but I’m still struggling. Thinking about not ever smoking again especially when I’m by myself sounds miserable. Does this thought go away?
YES.....Hang in there. I remember those feelings. It was depressing to me. Its like losing a best friend because I associated everything I did with smoking. Its normal really. The timing is different for everyone but it will diminish by end of 3rd month. Sometimes sooner.
Come here and blog when ever you start feeling bad. Read blogs. Theres so much good stuff others will share in their blogs that you will recognize yourself in and it will help you over the 'humps'.
Congrats on 2 days WON!
It truly does feel like losing a best friend. I dread getting in the car in the morning knowing I won’t have a smoke. Thanks for the words of encouragement I really appreciate them!
Your welcome. Get some Vicks Vapor Rub and the Vicks inhaler. Really helped me get over bad craves. Had them in my truck,and everywhere in the house, lol.
Oh great tip, I’ve never heard of that before but I am definitely going to the store tomorrow for some. Never an easy time to quit, just have to take it minute by minute I guess.
I'm on day 20. I start to feel the same way when I think too far ahead.... Stay in the moment. Just like you said, minute by minute! You'll be surprised how fast those minutes add up if you just hang in there! I'm hanging right there with you!
Remember, one day at a time. Don't overwhelm yourself right now with thinking about forever.
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Congratulations on your decision to quit smoking! No reason to think so far ahead. Just take this minute by minute, hour by hour. You only have to quit for each of those lengths of time. They will eventually add up to days, then weeks, then months, then YEARS! We all who have been successful started out exactly as you are --- and I now have 6+ years of hours and minutes quit. You really are not giving up a thing - all that you believe smoking does for you is a lie. Please do the reading I will recommend so you accept this as fact!
The most important thing you can do 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 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, quitsmoking.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. 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!
Education, commitment, and support will keep your quit. PLEASE read what Youngatheart.7.4.12 has written and please stay very close to the site. You have to keep your quit in the moment...I will not smoke NOW, I will not smoke this afternoon or this evening. I was able to use NOPE, Not One Puff Ever but that's because I had done SO much damage to my poor lungs that I KNEW this had to be my forever quit because it was killing me. It may still get its way since it is likely that I will die of a smoking related illness BUT, I intend to live my life FREE from the addiction that called my name over and over and over again and stole so many moments from my kids, from me...from my LIFE. I no longer have to look for a place to smoke or worry about when or if I will be able to FIND one. I know that smoking never really did anything FOR me, just TO me. It never REALLY helped with stress or pain that was physical or emotional, it never made anything better. I was convinced that it did but that is because I listened to my addiction. ..NOW, I can listen to myself, my REAL self, the person I was keeping behind a smoke screen...
Congratulations on beginning your journey...keep that in mind, it IS a journey, on day at a time, one moment at a time, one experience at a time. It is NOT a fight and smoking really never made anything better...it was all a lie.
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