I have to do this.....asking for prayers & good vibes
You got it...sending quit vibes out...drink lots of water and breath...You can do it...
Welcome to the Ex. Congrats on your decision to quit. That's the most important step in this journey. If you need assistance, reach out. We're here for you.
Welcome to our community!
I don't know what reading and prep work you have done, so I will give you my recommendations. Reading this good information makes for a GREAT crave buster!
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. 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!
GO FOR IT!
I had to quit, too. That was 2013 and over 43,000 cigarettes not smoked. I hurt at first--bewildered. Today? So happy to have stopped smoking. So grateful I didn't listen to the fear and anxiety, frustration. Yes you can, one day at a time.
How was it? Let us know how you are.
23 hours & going strong! I really appreciate all the comments & support!! Keep them coming....worked all day, took a new route home❤❤❤
Congratulations!!! You got this!!!!
1 day down. Oh yeah baby!
Welcome to EX! What a great decision you made quitting smoking. Good for you. Welcome to your first day on this quit journey. Read and educate yourself on this addiction. This will help inform you things to do, what to expect, what to fill your quit tool box with to ward off Nico dude. I always carried a bottle of icewater with a straw to help with my urges. The straw gives you the sucking power similiar to smoking but good thing smoking a straw it is deadly like cigarettes. We are here to help. Stay close! Holler for help if you need it. You CAN do this! Yes you CAN!
Congrats ... you are doing it, keep it going one step at a time ~
Guess What???? You're an EX!
Congratulations, your day one has turned into a Day WON! Do read everything you can about nicotine addiction and keep going just like you are. That first day is HUGE! You have just shown yourself that you CAN DO THIS. Stay close to the site, pay attention to all of the advice you have gotten, I used the mantra NOPE when I quit, Not One Puff Ever! It worked because it was so simple and so easy to remember and it reminded me that one puff was NOT ACCEPTABLE.
Glad you are here and that you are on your way,
Congratulations for day Won! You can do this and will be better for it.
Day 2, complete!! Had a very stressful day at work...but I didn't crack. Your comments really kept me going...thank you❤❤❤
Congrats we can do it!
Congrats!!! You ARE doing it!!!!!! We are all here together working as a unit keeping each other free from smoking.
Hang tough, stay close, never give in, never give up.
I keep saying Yes I can.
Day 3 complete. I feel pretty good. How long should I stay on the patch? I'm on a 21mg now....I would like to go to a 7mg & be done...any thoughts or advice? I would really like to be done with this
Congrats on your 3 days. Some others can address the patch better. Did you read the instructions?
Thank you...I found the answer. I went to a lower dose.of patch & got
through the day. Become an Ex is helping so much!!
On Wed, Jan 30, 2019, 4:05 AM Barbscloud <email@example.com
EXCELLENT! Glad to hear it.
I would read the instructions but our resident expert on the patch is jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007 so maybe he will jump in. It has to do with how much you smoked, the 21 mg patch equals a certain amount of cigarettes, going from 21 to 7 might be a bit much but I did not use the patch. I really have no experience. Giulia is another one who has provided good information on patches.
I think it is GREAT that you completed three days...remember this is a journey and it is one day at a time. We want you to succeed.
Stay close to the site, I am sure someone better informed than I will be able to help.
Great job on day 3. I don't have experience with patches but do take one day at a time. Don't rush the process.
I used the 21mg patch. I didn't know what I was doing. I could have started with the 7mg patch because I was down to 5 cigarettes a day. I forgot my third day but felt shaky the next morning so I put one on. The next week, I forgot two days in a row so I just stopped. So I went from 21mg to nothing for two days and didn't even notice it.
So I say listen to your body.
I put a patch in my wallet with a promise I would put it on rather than smoke. I kept it there as a security blanket my 1st year. Never thought of it once.
jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007 Thanks for jumping in there. I appreciate it and I am sure Vwdeb does as well.
Congratulations on day 3!!!
Congrats on three days Quit. I don’t know anything about the patches, hope someone can help out.
Your doing great! Welcome to EX!
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