Patches and anxiety medication. This my first day of quitting. Who can I talk to, to get them?
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Smoking actually CAUSES anxiety - read on to understand how that works! If you feel you need Rx medication to help with it, your doctor will have to prescribe that.
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!
Welcome to EX, you cannot be too educated about this addiction and you cannot get too much support from others...those things are available here, the third ingredient is commitment and you have to bring that. No one and no thing can quit FOR you but we certainly will do our best to make it as painless as possible. It's a journey, one day at a time. I used the mantra NOPE, Not One Puff Ever when I came here...I got it from this site. I came here every morning and every evening and read blogs and connected with members and I am absolutely certain that I could not have done it without this site.
CONGRATS AND GOOD JOB!
Congratulations to Day one of your Quit. You must see a Doctor for anxiety medication. I do not know how one gets patches, ask your Doctor. Also, might I suggest you read and work My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX
There you learn to try and be prepared for all triggers and craves which helps with the anxiety. Keep close to the site for any and all help. We are all in this journey together. ~ Colleen
Tstokes I forgot to mention that you should talk to your health care professional about anxiety meds. We don't provide any advisement in that regard here.
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