Plan, or not too plan, because my quit date is December 2 because none of my programs will let me quit sooner. But I have been fallowing it so far so good.
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DO read, plan,commit, read and plan some more. The better prepared you are, the better.
The 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, 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!
I have actually just checked out some of his books from the library today because of a comment I found on this website. Thank u so much.
You have gotten STELLAR advice from Youngatheart.7.4.12, plan, plan, plan...identify triggers, plan what you will do INSTEAD of smoking, educate yourself on nicotine addiction, stay close to this site and get lots and lots of support, and COMMIT. Commitment is huge...once you have set your date and prepared... do it, don't allow yourself to go past that date, you CAN quit earlier if you feel ready but that is an individual thing. You CAN do this.
Welcome to EX,
Really, you have that question when it comes to quitting this addiction? To plan or not to plan? Well, all I can say from my own personal experience, and from being on this site since 2008 and watching and participating in others' quits is - YES MAKE A PLAN. Make a good plan. Study this addiction and then you'll know what you're in store for. Because when you know what you're in store for, you're ahead of the game.
If you have a quit plan that won't "allow you to quit sooner" then it's not the quit plan you need to adhere to. The EX quit plan, I believe, suggests to set a quit date a few weeks in the future. (Which makes great sense because we need some education about this addiction What is the Single Best Thing You Can Do to Quit Smoking? - YouTube But it's a a SUGGESTION. If whatever is suggested to you doesn't work, then you need to find the key to what does.
" December 2 because none of my programs will let me quit sooner. " No "program LETS you quit sooner than you think you can. You know when you're ready. Although I will tell you as an ex smoker I was never READY nor willing to quit. Until I actually agreed to.
So are you ready to agree to quitting smoking? No matter what? When you say YES to that, you will never question your decision and you will suffer so much less during the process.
PLAN! That is why they call it... My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX start here. Click on the link.
PLAN PLAN AND PLAN SOME MORE. The more you plan your quit the more successful you will be. I
Where Does It Come From?
This was my prep.
I smoked 40 years.
Read it. Get your mind in the game.
It makes it much easier
Planning is the key. You can sign-up to receive texts from the Ex leading up to your quit date. I found it very helpful.
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