Anyone have suggestions to get thru cravings??
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A list of 100 things to do instead of smoke can be found a bit later in my welcome message. I strongly recommend doing the reading and exercises I have linked, starting with the Allen Carr book. That easy, entertaining book was the cornerstone on which my quit of 6 1/2 years is based!
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 dispels all the myths about what smoking does for you. In actuality, all you think it did is untrue! 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:
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!
101 Things to Do Instead of Smoke
I would do anything to change the environment that I was in - take a short walk, have a snack, drink a glass of water, brush my teeth, read a book, etc. Do whatever is necessary to get through it. Best wishes!
Thank u!!! I have found deep breathing helps also!!!
Please keep this list close to you...& add to it ...
100 Things to do instead of smoking!
Work it ~ Colleen
Thank u I want to stay smoke free. So I am doing everything I can to get thru each craving one at a time!! Happy living!!
Welcome to Ex!
Welcome to EX...deep breathing and drinking ice cold water help. You can always bite into a lemon, rind and all and it will take that crave away. I just kept lemons around but I never had to bite into one...just the THOUGHT did my craves in.. When I could go outside, I blew bubbles, my respiratory therapist said that helps with controlling breathing...it does.
Stay close to the site and remember that we are here and that we all want to help you to succeed.
stick your head in the freezer and count backwards from 20.
jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007 My freezer is on the BOTTOM of my fridge, if I bent down I would never get back up but I guess that would get through any crave, wouldn't it? Not that I have to do that any more.
Can relate elvan No back probs. But my knees probably could not deal!
Stick your feet in the freezer and count backwards from 20.
or your butt!
Jennifer-Quit-05-01-14 Oh YEAH, that's gonna happen, hahahahaha. How come YOUR suggestion doesn't have any illustrations?
jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007 HAHAHAHA, never thought of that one, not going to happen, I HATE cold feet.
In addition to the suggestions listed above I found that sucking on cinnamon candy helped me greatly.
The journey continues.
I got Nicorette gum for three months and the third month to ween myself off the gum. the biggest thing you have to do is decide you are quitting and you are done hurting yourself and hurting the one you love. you don't know how strong you are until you've tried. hugs you've got this!
To get through cravings I change my thoughts and say I'm a nonsmoker and I'm getting better each time I get a craving. Sing really loudly. Dance or jump up and down 10 times.
Also drinking cold water from a water bottle with a squeeze top helped me and drinking through a straw. Yes I drank my morning coffee with a straw.
I had a frozen Hershey Kiss with my morning cuppa' Joe. Loved the taste combo, got a sugar rush and a bit of dopamine from the chocolate and caffeine from the coffee. What's not to like about THAT?
Ditto ! At times I drink out of a coffee stir, straw. Helps me @ times.
15 days in for me some days better than others. I am happy with that
Kudos to you KkplayhouseHugs Kim
10 jumping jacks or squats and lots of water. And deep breaths. You can do it.
I am 3 weeks in. I am talking chantix and have the patch. I feel like I am cheating by having the patch but it has helped get me thru. But I still have cravings but I dont want to smoke. I just want that feeling I used to get from smoking lol staying steong!!!!
"I just want the feeling I used to get from smoking." Um, may I suggest that you give some thought to that "feeling" you got from a cigarette as opposed to the unpleasant "feeling" you got from smoking. The coughing, the phlegm, the lack of being able to do what you normally have done without huffing and puffing. Or maybe none of that is true for you. In either case, why are you here? Were there enough unpleasant feelings that motivated you to quit? Or are you quitting for - what reason exactly? Your health insurance demands it for a lower cost or...?
I can tell you this, point blank truth - you will not get the feeling you had smoking when you quit. Because - part of that "feeling" was simply the "high" from getting your next nicotine fix. Your nicotine receptors were screaming and you gave them what they demanded by that next cigarette you put in your mouth and inhaled. And you had this great feeling of ease. You will get many other feelings, and you will find ways to deal with that "feeling you miss," but accept the fact that when you quit - you won't get that feeling you used to get from smoking.
But even given all of the above - I think what you feel you're missing is the "enjoyment" of everything in your life that you experienced with a cigarette in your hand. The talk with a friend, the phone call while you smoked, the drink at the bar, the moment you could get away from whatever stressful thought or emotional confrontation was happening, the enjoyment of a happy moment or the peace to go off alone and just think.
May I comfort you in saying - all those enjoyments, all those relief moments will occur, CAN occur without a cigarette in your hand. They will not be lessened in any way. Your "feelings" will be as rich.
But you won't know that until you get past the point of no return. So fly on.
And PS - you're not cheating by using a patch. Quitting tools are there for a reason. We take what works and leave what doesn't.
I know what you mean because I quit reall quick with chantix but was soon
drawn back into smoking. It is the taste I'm craving and that is so hard
even though after I quit and started back they were real strong but that
didn't stop me I couldn't use the patch cause I would take it off. Even
though I'm suppose to have a lung transplant I asked my daughter to light
one up this morning so I could get a puff after 2 weeks the taste felt so
relaxing but I only took one puff
On Tue, Feb 5, 2019 at 4:38 PM sweetplt <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Good for you for quitting!! One thing that helps me when I feel the desire or worse, a craving is to say (out loud when I can), "OK, I acknowledge I am having a craving and I have the freedom to go and get a pack of cigarettes if I want to. But I also have the freedom not to. If I do, then I'll probably start smoking again. If I don't then I'm one step closer to the goals I've set. In either case, the choice is mine not the addictions. I"ll call the shots! WHEW!". I'm only on my third day of quitting so I've had to say this a lot but it works for me and maybe you can add it to your arsenal of things to deal with cravings. Like Rosie the Riveter said, "WE CAN DO IT!"
Amen. Quitting an addiction comes with challenges. Cravings can be handled and become less and less impactful. I woke this morning to a craving recognized what it really was and chanted and breathed through it. I'm in a fight for my life!!!
I said NOPE...Not One Puff Ever...over and over and over again. Sometimes silently, sometimes out loud, sometimes, I shouted it. Some people shake their heads, I ate Sour Patch Kids until my mouth was so sore that I had to slow it down. Most helpful of all, I came to EX and I read and read and read.
To help get through cravings are don't buy cigarettes stay away from others who smoke when you crave eat a piece of candy or chew gum read a book go for a walk pick up the phone and talk about it post here and get advice on quitting good luck I'm still not out of danger
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