Its a daily choice and it is so libetating not to be cauhgt in the grips of such a strong addiction.
Give it the time it takes.
Willingness NOT Willpower
Of course it takes willingness. That is the main Drive but it is also will power. I have quit for many years at a time before in my life, many months at a time and many days in the past. But this time I am serious. I have the willingness for it to be forever. I said a quit date that I was very serious about, took Chantix for a long time, prayed and use meditation and just my own willpower or willingness as you would say and it's really working I know this time it's for good I am so happy and proud to be a non-smoker. I wake up everyday feeling liberated and happy, peaceful, joyous and blessed that God has given me this path to release that bad habit and keep me free from it.
DO keep in mind that smoking is not just a habit; it's an addiction!
Welcome to EX you have come to the right place for support.
Education is the key to successful quit:
First, learn about the Law of Addiction "Administration of a drug to an addict will - the reestablishment of the chemical dependence upon the addictive substance.
"Here are a few suggested readings:
https://whyquit.com/FFN/chapters/FFN_01_Nicotine.pdfwhyquit.com/FFN/chapters/FFN_01_Nicotine.pdf and https://whyquit.com/FFN/chapters/FFN_00B_TOC.pdf
Also, another easy Read Allen Carr's Easy Way to Quit Smoking,
Read the blogs here. read the articles and watch the videos My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX
Learn how to navigate the site Community Help Take the Daily Pledge Daily Pledge
Stay close, Learn your triggers and prepare for them. Quitting smoking is doable.
Welcome to our community!
It would be helpful if you told us a bit about yourself! You might share your quit date, your smoking history, what you hope to gain by quitting, perhaps your reasons for quitting, if you are using a quit aid and anything else you care to share.
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 also 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. You should also do the tracking and separation exercises recommended here on the site. 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!
Welcome to EX, we are all happy to welcome you and to hear more about you. If you do the reading Youngatheart.7.4.12 has provided and you stay close to the site, you will have a head start. Education, support, and commitment will support any quit. You can get the education and support here...you need to BRING the commitment.
CONGRATS ON LIVING A NON SMOKER LIFE BY YOUR OWN FREE WILL CHOICE-GOOD JOB!
You hanging in? Hope so! It's been over a week since you said anything. Let us know how it's going. Were here to help!
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