I am going to need support, please any rexommendarions, ppsitive thoughta anything that has helped you quit, let me know.
Here are a few links to blogs by Exers that pertain to getting started with quitting---getting started on the right foot.
One of the greatest tools you can use by Jackie
Dopamine - the Double Edged Blade by Thomas
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By my estimation that is around 3/9/19 or 3/10/19?
Re: How do I get my quit date to show on the community? will help you get your quit date synced to the community.
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The reading I will recommend helped me to be successful. I hope you will avail yourself of the knowledge there, do the exercise suggested in the site's quit plan, and let us know if you have questions!
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. 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!
Welcome to EX, please do the reading recommended by Youngatheart.7.4.12 and understand that you cannot be too educated about nicotine addiction. It is very powerful but you can commit to being quit and with education, support, and your commitment, you can find freedom. It is worth every uncomfortable moment and it gets easier and easier as you add time. I used the mantra from this site, NOPE, Not One Puff Ever and I said it over and over again at the beginning of my quit. I came to this site every morning and every evening and oftentimes in between when I could. I read blogs to see what was working for others, I blogged, I asked for advice and I listened to those who took the time to offer it. This is a journey...we take one step at a time to maintain our freedom, you CAN do this, so many people here will tell you that AND show you as well.
Congratulations on your decision to quit and welcome to the community!
I remember counting down the days to my quit date and for me the idea of quitting was starting to get exciting rather than the fear I felt in the beginning. But I did a lot of preparation and soul searching to get there. May I ask what steps you've taken to prepare?
There's an endless amount of experience on this site when it comes to quitting, and a lot of success. My hope is that you find the time to do some reading and learning about your addiction because when it comes to winning the war of addiction, understanding how you interact with your addiction can determine how successful you are!
ONWARD TO FREEDOM!!!
Welcome to the community Vanessa1234, please read the links suggested above me and keep reading everything you can about quitting smoking and remaining quit because there's a wealth of information right here on this site to strengthen your resolve to kick the nicotine poison to the curb permanently it's not easy by any stretch of the imagination BUT it's absolutely Doable and totally worth it and we're all here to help you in any way we can......
Hi and Welcome to Ex's...So excited for your Quit day...That day you should plan and prepare like no other...might I suggest your work and read at the My Quit Plan site. This will help you to prepare for Day 1 ... You can do this...it takes work, but it is doable and in time you will feel great. Keep close to the site to give and get support...~ Colleen
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