This is my first time going this long without a cigarette
How long has it been?
Welcome to our community!
Congratulations on your decision to quit and following through on it! It would be helpful as we try to help you to know the date you quit.
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 didn't say if you are using a quit aid. If so, I hope you are using one that doesn'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:
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! I'm glad you found us. I waited 3 weeks into my quit, thinking I didn't need any help, before I nearly caved and sought help online. You've got plenty of people here who know just what you are going through, and can't wait to help. Feel free to ask whatever you want, or vent, or celebrate your victories. Happy you're here!
Howdy! You hang in, ya hear! Welcome to our quit family. Cheering you on!
Welcome Jacklyn and CONGRATS AND GOOD JOB! WAY TO GO! Yahoooooo
Welcome to EX Jacklyn Please do the reading recommended by Youngatheart.7.4.12. Your best friends will be education about nicotine addiction, support from people who have been where you are and know what it's like, and your very own commitment. You CAN do this, remember that quitting is a journey and not an event. One day at a time and when that's too long...make it one hour or one minute or one FEELING at a time. We all want to help.
Welcome to the site! This is a super community your joining. Glad you found us
Welcome to the community please read the links suggested above me and keep reading everything you can about quitting smoking and remaining quit because there's a wealth of information right here on this site to strengthen your resolve to kick the nicotine poison to the curb permanently it's not easy by any stretch of the imagination BUT it's absolutely Doable and totally worth it, stay close because we're all here to help you in any way we can.....
Welcome to the site and congrats on your quit! Two things - stick around and please check out the reading mentioned above. You can do This!
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