Tomorrow is my first day on quiting..I have to work and I'm so used to going out with girls on breaks to smoke..any advice?
Welcome to our community!
To begin, let your break friends know that you are quitting...then take a quick walk where they aren't during your break time. Get your arms swinging and maybe even listen to some upbeat music as you walk. You will still get a break, but a healthy 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. This evening, think about each cigarette you smoke and then think of what ELSE you can do instead. Put each one off just a bit so you realize just because think you want to smoke, you don't need to. 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!
Thank you so much..it's nice to have a support group here
Hi and Welcome to Ex’s ...
Congratulations on your Quit date. May I suggest you go to the home page and click on getting started.
Preparation is the key and you should have a list of what you will do the first day in place of smoking. For example, trigger , work and smoke w girls...say no and at break go for a walk, go do jumping jacks in the bathroom. Drink lots of water and have perhaps apple slices and carrot sticks. You can do this, but prepare this day like no other.
Sending good positive vibes your way. Colleen aka sweetp
Thanks I'm going to slice up some carrot sticks to add to my lunch bag for tomorrow..
Quick suggestion...Take a walk in the opposite direction. Focus on breathing and knowing that you are doing the right thing. Let your quit buddies know why you won't be there. Find other things to do to spend time away from smoking. Maybe talking and walking with a friend that doesn't smoke. Change people places and things and you will be on your way. Chewing on straws will help. Start saying to yourself that "I don't do that anymore". Commit to NOPE. not one puff ever no matter what is happening in your life.
Thank you Jackie
Welcome to the site and congrats on deciding to quit! I like Jackie’s idea of walking! Any new routine will work - even staying inside and logging on to BecomeanEx!
You can do this!
Thanks kinda nervous about tomorrow but so ready
Angelm07 Know that you can do this...you CAN do this, stay close to the site. Read everything that @youngatheart has recommended and pay attention to the advice you have been given. I ate Sour Patch Kids...they shocked my tongue and made me forget smoking for a few minutes. Take this one moment at a time, one experience, one emotion, one feeling and know that you are not alone. Welcome to EX.
Thank you and I definitely will stay close to this site..glad I came across it
Welcome to Day 1... Colleen aka sweetp
Delay, Delay, Delay...
I would recommend not going out for a day or two. You'll get to where you can hang out with them again, but now is not the time.
Bravo on your decision to quit!
Angelm07 Gotta change up" your breaks. Read, knit, coupon-ing, anything to distract your thoughts. New thoughts, teaches the brain. Best wishesKim
Thanks Kim..great advice!
Angelm07!! Yay and congrats on thinking ahead. Are there other people who take a break somewhere else? What a great opportunity to make new non smoking friends. Laura 23 DOF
I gave in and smoked a cigarette..I feel so disappointed in myself..I feel like I let myself down
Just keep going onward. It is ok ! So What! Quit again right now!
Thanks..I love the support here
Don’t beat yourself up...make sure you throw out all smoking paraphernalia because you can’t smoke what you don’t have...it’s all good just quit again, before you puff let us talk try and talk you out of it... gotcha in my thoughts...Colleen
Thanks I guess one cigarette was better than a whole days worth
Welcome to Ex. Please take some time to learn about nicotine addiction. Most of us think we are stronger than the dependency. Education and planning can help you get the quit you want.
I was reading some in it earlier..thank you..im I not gonna let smoking control me forever
Stay close to the site...it really helps. If you feel like you are really at risk of smoking...post a blog with the word "help" in the subject line, we will try to help you over the hump. You CAN do this...we really want to help you.
Thanks I'm so glad I found this site
So are WE.
Don't you worry about it Angel, you just let that go and get back to NOPE!! You can do this and we are here for you. Kick that stinkin' thinkin' in the butt and know we all struggled but can do this together. Hugs and love to you!!!
Long time no hear from. Don't you give up now, ya hear? It's taken many of us a few times around the block to get this right. Just don't give up.
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