Any tips for day 2?
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Boy, do I have some tips for you! Glad you asked! Read, read and read some more! All of the things I recommend will help you be successful, and give you useful tips for along the way.
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!
Education, support, commitment...in essence, repeat day one. Read everything you can about nicotine addiction, understand that this is one day at a time and that you cannot rush it, stay close to this site, keep going...you can DO this. We have all been at the beginning...it DOES get easier.
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I’m using patches too. I started at 14mg to equal what I smoked. The patch doesn’t deliver the same or when we choose so I added lozenges for the times my brain had a tantrum. I didn’t expect miracles, but I sure found out how addicted I was to that instant gratification. I also think the withdrawl includes all the additives to make nicotine more addictive. So the body goes thru that detox as well. I just stepped down to 7mg patches and a lot of the withdrawl came back. A 50% cut is a biggie. It’s been 8 days on them and I’m in lala Land again. I don’t know if you started with the 21’s as the full program. If I felt I could have handled cold turkey, I would have 2 months of the worst of the physical withdrawl behind me. But I knew I would fail as I was fighting too many things to take on another. I can say the patch bought me time to educate myself send see the addiction as I never felt addicted. I had to learn fast as I was medically forced into it. One of the biggest helps was finding this place and all the people so willing to help at hard times and cheer you on in good ones. I feel trying to do this alone would be too hard and I have no one physically around to help. This is 24/7. A lot of people are asleep as I an a night owl, so I check in the morning. Seeing replies helps me know I have been heard. Helps me not relapse when it would be easy to. I don’t know if this at all answers your question. I may not ever give up all nicotine, time will tell. But I don’t smoke and that’s a good start.
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