What the best thing to get
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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. I see that your quit date is 3/31 Congratulations on making the decision to quit smoking. You have come to the right place for support.
Start first by educating yourself on addiction to nicotine. Foundation For A Successful Quit this blog will give you a jump start. Also, it is advisable to read Allen Carr's Easyway to Quit Smoking which can be found on pdf on the web. Another good site to get info is www.whyquit.com. There are several articles to read. Nicotine 101 and Freedom From Nicotine My Journey Home. Quitting takes planning and preparation go to EX Plan | BecomeAnEX to get help on navigating the site go to. Community Help . Again Welcome, there is more to come. If you have any questions you can do a search with the magnifying glass type any keywords and research. If you have any questions just ask and give up the opportunity to respond.
Hello and Welcome to Ex's...glad you made the decision to quit smoking...Might I suggest you start with My Quit Plan,
here you will make a quit date and plan for that day like no other. You will obtain knowledge about quitting and start your preparation. Keep close to the site where you can give and get help. ~ Colleen
The best thing to get? I'd say "the right attitude." Or as we sometimes call it here QuitTude . We'll help you achieve it. Glad you've joined us. Welcome to the family.
Welcome to EX!
I'd say the best thing to get is connected with support...including Ex. Get educated about just what nicotine addiction is. Get a plan together. As for the drugs, patches...everybody is different. Research it, talk to your doc.
Quitting is the best thing I ever did for my health. Now five years later I have no regrets. It was worth the effort to get over the addiction. You can too, one day at a time. Welcome to Ex.
Welcome to the community 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 so hang on tight and know that we're all here to help you in any way we can......
Welcome to EX, congratulations on your decision to quit. Please do the reading, please stay close to the site, you cannot be too educated about this addiction, and you cannot get too much support, commit to quitting, commit to staying close by. This is a journey and not an event. It WILL get easier.
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