What has been working for me...

Discussion created by michelle78 on May 12, 2008
Latest reply on May 13, 2008 by kimberly16
Hello! I'm new to the group, and I'm only two days into my quit. While obviously, then, I can't say what has worked long term, I can say what has gotten me this far. I find suckers work well when I'm really having a craving. They give me that hand-mouth contact that I'm used to getting from cigarettes. Sometimes, although this may sound rediculous, I'll even hold them in between my fingers as I did with cigarettes because I find that that helps a little. I try to stick with the mentality that you can do ANYTHING as long it is NOT smoking a cigarette, so whatever works!

Also, I find walks help a lot. Not long walks, just "get me out of the house until I can stand to go back and not smoke" walks. They help especially when I am on the phone because talking on the phone was a big trigger of mine. Before I quit, I read all the tips and such on the "ex" website where they talk about all the steps and whatnot, and I've really taken it to heart that whenever you're having a craving, just GET OUT of where ever you are. That's what I've been doing, just getting up and leaving. Go to the bathroom, get a drink, take a walk, whatever I have to do to leave wherever I am.

Another tip I got off that site was bottled water. I know it sounds like it wouldn't help, but I've found it does. Maybe because it's just another way to get that hand-mouth contact, or because it's something for my hands to hold...I don't know. But it's helped me. And it helps to keep me from eating all day every day which I know is a risk.

I'm really open to suggestions at this point, so whatever you have to offer, I appreciate it. And good luck on your quits!!