First time quitter. Smoking 1 1/2 yes.Do I start limiting my cigarettes each day ?
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Congratulations on your decision to quit smoking. Once you establish a quit date, prepare for that day like no other.
And backing down from smokes a little every day is a good plan. Be sure to be prepared for what you will do that day instead of smoking. ie., drink lots of water, do jumping jacks, take a walk, take a shower, etc.,
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Also, read this information ... it will help you greatly
Getting Ready to Quit | My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX
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If you follow the link above you will find that they recommend first tracking when/why you smoke, coming up with things you can do instead, and then putting each one you smoke off. I was not able to limit myself to a certain number each day. - it caused me to think about smoking all the time - like, "well, if I have already almost reached my limit in the afternoon, maybe I can cut back MORE this evening," or "how long is it before I can smoke the next one?"
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!
Welcome to Ex! One of the most important things you can do is plan for your quit (whether you cut back, or delay smoking, or smoke as you have been). Planning means learning and understanding nicotine addiction. Plan for what you will do for craves once you have quit. Better to accept now that some craves will come along. They do not need to be feared--you just keep working your quit. Often quitters have a little hand to mouth by sipping water, coffee, tea, sucker candy, licorice sticks. These can be helpful but at the same time reinforce that you have made the decision to quit and a crave cannot make you smoke--let it pass. Each time you stand up to a crave you are relearning life without the cigarettes.
Yes you can, one day at a time.
Congratulations on your decision, you will never regret quitting. You can do this, it gets easier as you build up smoke free days and you have gotten the best advice ever from the people ahead of me.
Welcome to EX,
Youngatheart (Nancy) gave you great advice. And I'd definitely have to agree with:
"they recommend first tracking when/why you smoke, coming up with things you can do instead, and then putting each one you smoke off. I was not able to limit myself to a certain number each day. - it caused me to think about smoking all the time - like, "well, if I have already almost reached my limit in the afternoon, maybe I can cut back MORE this evening," or "how long is it before I can smoke the next one?"
But we're all different. Cutting back on smoking works wonderfully for some people. And for others (like me who is an all or nothing kind of personality) it just creates more stress. If I can't have the whole cookie, a piece if it not only doesn't satisfy, but just make me more needy of the whole. I'd rather have nothing than be limited on satisfaction. If that makes any sense. That's just too painful. All or nothing for me.
Me too. I'm feeling very nervous about this , as it's all new. Will I feel better once the patch is on?
There are two parts to this addiction - the patch can help with the physical one; the psychological one is the part that I think is the more difficult You need to change up your routines to eliminate as many triggers and associations with smoking as you can. If you read my welcome, I give some suggestions to get you started on that. In the early days, you need to keep busy and distract yourself from thinking about smoking. The early days are the most difficult but it gets easier and easier to do as time passes and you stop associating those things in your life when/where you used to smoke.
This takes some effort, but it IS doable!
Do the reading I recommended - it will help you get ready!
On Mon, Jan 14, 2019, 5:41 PM Youngatheart.7.4.12 <
Yahooooooo - you do what you gotta do for you- what is YOUR OWN PLAN- you gonna do what you DESIRE to do in YOUR HEART- gentle hug.
I did the tracking, I did not stop or limit myself but I DID track when I smoked and why and also how strong the crave was for each one. I wrote them down and I thought of things to do instead of smoking. When I actually quit, I had that to refer to, some of the things worked and some had to be adjusted. I was terrified of getting up in the morning and not smoking...it really wasn't that bad, I just got up, made tea (I stopped drinking coffee for a few weeks because I was afraid it would make me want to smoke), I fed our cats, and I went straight to my computer and read blogs and paid attention to what was working for other people. I found that two times that were the hardest for me were after a meal or after completing a task. Instead of smoking after a meal, I got up and cleaned up the table and the dishes, instead of smoking after I completed a task, I rewarded myself with some time outside, not smoking but taking deep breaths. I had failed quits in the past when I tried to diet at the same time as I quit and also when I avoided going outside because I was afraid of the association with smoking. You are not giving anything up by not smoking, you are gaining time and insight into yourself. It's really an amazing journey.
The day is almost here! YOU got THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nancy gave you good advice. The patch can help take the edge off cravings, but it doesn't completely remove them. The busier you can be, the more distractions you can find, the better.
You can do this...it's a journey and you are about to begin it!
Tomorrow is Day One!
Can't WAIT to celebrate Day WON with you tomorrow evening!
The journey is truly what you make it. So make it well for yourself.
How is it going?
You hang in!
How is the first day Quit? We are here for You and remember when a crave strikes, if nothing seems to work get a shower. No one smokes in a shower (wink) ...
....or scrubbing a floor wearing rubber gloves, or cleaning out a closet, or doing dishes, or cleaning out a kitchen cabinet, or reading blogs here or....................
Get busy! Stay busy! Don't argue with yourself about smoking. You already made the decision - now you only need to honor it!
Kins008 We are thinking of you and sending you our best, you CAN do this, it gets easier, I promise.
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