should I change my morning routine? will that help the craving ?
Welcome to EX. Switching up a routine always helps in the beginning. You have to be willing to learn and relearn behavior.
To be successful quitting you must educate yourself about nicotine addiction. One puff will always take you back to full-blown addiction.
Start First, by educating yourself about nicotine addiction. Education is the key to a successful quit.
Understand the law of addiction."
Law of Addiction
Administration of a drug to an addict will cause re-establishment of chemical dependence upon the addictive substance."
Congratulations on making the decision to quit smoking and being free for 5+ days. You have come to the right place for support. Therefore NOPE, not one puff ever will keep you free. When we start this journey sometimes we have to change the people places and things for a while in order to make a change. We have to set boundaries and let our friends and family know that we are quitting smoking. One day a time with support quitting is doable.
Read: Freedom from Nicotine My Journey Home and Nicotine Addiction 101 Here are the links http://whyquit.com/whyquit/LinksAAddiction.html and http://whyquit.com/ffn/
Also Read Allen Carr’s book, “Easy Easier Way to Quit Smoking”. Which can be purchased of found pdf format on the internet. You can start here My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX Help Community to learn how to navigate around the site.
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To first answer your question: YES! Absolutely! Without a doubt! Read on for other recommendations for more success - producing strategies.
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!
Even changing what chair you sit at the table helps switch things up or sit in a different room w/your morning coffee or whatever. I wish you great success!
Yes it helped me. I drank my coffee in a different room. Watched TV instead of reading the paper. At this point I can go back. But I needed the change foe awhile. Part of the addiction I learned from the Elders is the routine nico demons. I didn’t know that when I termed to quit before. Read everything. You will get the help you need here. I’m 295 days an I can’t believe it. I got this. So will u. I’m here for you
I changed my routine so that instead of going outside for a cigarette, I came to EX and I read blogs and I commented and I wrote blogs to ask for advice...then I LISTENED to the advice given. After a while, it became my NEW routine.
This site is educational, supportive, and honest...you will "meet" people who know EXACTLY what you are going through. Please stay close to the site and let us get to know you as you get to know your NEW ex-smoking self.
You have gotten great advice above...I see that your quit date is in December...that gives you lots of time to prepare and that really will help you immensely. Remember that you CAN do this...one day at a time, sometimes one emotion or experience at a time but it CAN be done.
Although I am not near the success model of most here, still on a tapered quit, I noticed I do have to make changes all day around the cravings. It was getting to easy for craving triggers keeping my normal routine. I also learned not to pick things that make it harder because the cravings come anyway, it just made it worse. I’m kinda an obsessive person so I do keep my lollipops always in the same place or I forget they are there and get anxious. I never noticed til I started this how routine it was when I smoked.
The answer is YES to your title question. Smoking is a addiction, but there is also the habit part of it too. So changing your "normal" routine is definitely recommended. It's hard, I grant you, to do that. But it really helps. Because our smoking routines only reinforce our addiction. So when we change our smoking routine we begin to break that part of the psychological/habit connection.
I changed to tea, for example as the morning cup of coffee was a major trigger. I drink tea on occasion, but I made it my go-to in the morning instead. That helped to break that connection. After a week I was able to drink coffee again. The alterations we make don't have to be forever necessarily. Not hanging out with friends and drinking, for example, is kind of a "must" in the beginning of our quits. But after we have some time under our belts (and the alcohol connection takes a LOT LONGER to get over, trust me!), we can slowly begin to introduce those triggers that pushed our addictive buttons.
The more time you have in this quitting journey, the more you will gain knowledge about what you can and cannot do to preserve you quit. Unfortunately it takes most of us the wisdom of experience to gain the wisdom necessary. If only the words of those who had been there, done that could light the paths of success. I think they do, in a way. But we have to go through the experience for ourselves before we truly "get it."
Hi and Welcome to EX.I guess you got your answer. In conclusion to all of the above reading, educating and learning this addiction is a big necessary part. Then after you learn then you must be prepared and plan ahead what you will do when a craving hits. Changing up your routine is one step to preparation. I started changing my routine 2 weeks before I actually quit. I even changed gas stations, routes to the places I went. It really helped. As they said above you don't have to change your routine forever, just till you get acclimated to not associating. We are here to help. Stay close.
Yup. The mind needs time to accept the change of quitting. Smoking became second nature (except that it was dangerous addiction not a matter of walking in the front door). All of us smoked without even thinking about it.
Not smoking will become natural again. The cravings will die. But for now it's about relearning life without the addiction...changing routine can be a helpful tool. Yes you can one day at a time.
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