Here I go,I can do this I have to do this is what I keep replaying in my mind
Hi Lbennett and Welcome,
Congratulations are your decision to quit smoking. I believe the key to quitting is knowledge and preparation. If you haven’t already done so, go to My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX and read and actively particate in order to help with your quit and craves. Also, keep it close to here for giving and getting any and all help. Colleen aka sweetp
Welcome to our community!
Congratulations on your decision to quit! It is one you will never regret. Please take a bit of time and do the reading I l will recommend. It made a world of difference in helping me quit the very first time I tried!
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
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!
Welcome to Ex. Short answer...yes you can do this! One day at a time.
Welcome to the site and congrats on your great decision to quit! Be sure to stay close!
Welcome to the community you've made the best decision that you'll ever make in your lifetime and it's definetly the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE you can and will be successful one precious Smokefree Day at a time or hour minute or even a second at a time ,congratulations on day ONE which is Day WON with many more to come you can do this quit believe it deep breaths and know that we're all here to help you in any way we can. Lbennett
Welcome to Day two...
How are you doing? Gotcha in my thoughts! Colleen
Lbennett Good morning, you CAN do this...education is going to help you, support from people who have been there is going to help you, and your own commitment to your quit is going to be your quit's best friend. Please read everything that Youngatheart.7.4.12 has advised...please stay close to the site, we all want you to succeed.
Welcome to EX,
We're still here with you. Just know that.
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