2days in And Nicorette is making me sick, now what?
Listen, there's no easy way out of this. The only way is through it. I am a cold turkey quitter but I do NOT recommend this without knowledge first. My suggestion is to read Alan Carrs book ( a super fast read ) called THE EASYWAY TO QUIT SMOKING and go from there. This book and this site were what worked for me. Education is key and that book presents it in a TOTALLY different way that will cling to you forever
I have to agree with you Missy, it was that book and this site that helped me most, and I too am a fan of cold turkey quitting, but wenone1 if you use NRT's, find one that works for you. Talk to your doc and come visit here often. You will get so much support from a lot of good people.
Hugs my friend, Missy!
Agree to Mandolinrain.
The urge will settle down. Accepted that it is Nico Demon. Does not go from the body easily.
Secondly do any other thing which is next to smoking liked by you. (not alcohol consumption)...
Keep doing it, you will feel better.
All the best !
I wasn't a fan of the gum either. There are lots of other options is you still want an aid.
Don't let the gum be your reason not to quit!
Welcome to Ex. Stick with Ex--read, blog, look into NRT options link that Barbscloud gave you. Quitting is a one day at a time journey. Two days one. If you stick with your quit, it will get easier because you will get better at being a nonsmoker. Only one day at a time though.
NRTs always made me ill. Eventually I had to decide to stop.
Deciding is the key. Freedom is worth a relatively short time of discomfort.
CONGRATS ON DAY 3! WAY TO GO!!!
Welcome to our community!
Congratulations on your decision to quit and your first two days. Don't use the gum aversion as an excuse to start smoking again. There are many other options. Read on for a description of all.
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. If you do nothing else to get ready for your quit, please do give this a read.
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. Here is a video to inform you further about nicotine addiction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpWMgPHn0Lo&feature=youtu.be.
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 after you have tried to delay and distract. 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. You need to start out with a plan to reduce use of them over time - which the patch does by decreasing the dose contained in them.. For the gum, you can start by cutting each piece in half, then in quarters, then sub regular gum of the same flavor in between, adding more and more regular gum. For the lozenge, you need to start subbing a mint in between to begin, increasing the number of them over time. I do not recommend the e-cigarette for four 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, 3) the batteries can spontaneously catch on fire and 4) you can become addicted to that and it has not yet been proven safe .
If you have succumbed and gone back to smoking, it will be informative if you do the tracking and separation exercises recommended here on the site. As you track each cigarette smoked, note its importance, and what you might do instead. Put each one off just a little to prove that you don't NEED a cigarette just because you think you do.
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-smokeThe 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!
HI and Welcome to Ex’s...I did cold turkey...which is tough, but doable...if Nicolette is making you sick...speak to your Doctor on other options to help you quit...remember no one thing helps us quit smoking, it is a combination...please keep close to here for support and don’t give up...You are worth the quit...and we will help you through...~ Colleen 188 DOF
Try atomic fire balls (candy) If you need to get your mind off cigarettesOr
See if you can get Chantix. It worked wonders for me! I'm 9 months free and I wouldn't have made it 2 weeks free without Chantix. Hang in there. CBD oil drops under your tongue helps as well. CBD DOES NOT GET YOU HIGH no matter what you've heard. Keep your chin up and your freedom going. Each minute conquered is a celebration of life! You can do this, you ARE doing this! We always have your back!
Do not loose heart !...below the list of 100 things you can do (collected from somewhere in this group).
work on it, it will help !
Another one of those things I found that may help...
If outside atmosphere is good, where is you are; best is go out for long walk !.
All the best !1. Read a book.2. Wash the car.3. Wash the dog.4. Go for a walk.5. Knit a scarf.6. Do a crossword puzzle.7. Take a nap.8. Call a friend.9. Post a comment on my page10. Play with the cat.11. Turn the bathroom into a spa and do all those beauty treatments.12. Listen to a relaxation tape or some favorite music.13. Go to a store and get a free make-up session.14.Give yourself a manicure and pedicure.15. Try out a new hair-do16. CHEW SOME CLOVES!17. Go to the movies.18. Hang out at a mall.19. Do a jigsaw puzzle online at Jigzone.com20. Breathe deeply!21. Swig down some ice water.22. Jump on a treadmill or go to a gym.23. Give someone you love a huge hug.24. Plant some flowers.25. Do some exercise - swimming, aerobics, yoga, etc. Great for releasing endorphins (feel good factor) and relieving stress (physical and mental).26. Work out how to post a picture in the forum!27. Take up a new hobby/interest - channel your thoughts into something constructive and interesting.28. Work in the garden.29. Retail therapy with the cash you saved from not smoking.30. Suck on a piece of TART candy (Jolly Rancher is my personal favorite).31. Slather on a rich, creamy hand lotion and rub, rub, rub! It keeps fingers busy, and reminds you how nice it is not to have tobacco stink on them.32. Eat a popscicle.33. Floss and brush your teeth.34. Make-out with your special someone! Hubby hated kissing me when I smoked, but now he LOVES it. Soooo, when the urge strikes and he's within kissing distance, I plant a big one on him!35. Chew gum.36. Chew a toothpick (shiny teeth).37. Spend time with a kid.38. Give yourself a treat every day of your quit - not matter how small.39. Spend an hour filling the paddling pool in the garden on a gorgeous sunny day, only to find that the kids would rather play on the computer.40. Play several games of Internet Scrabble, and hopefully win one!41. Walk in an old graveyard with the man you love.42. Get your jammies on early, and park yourself in front of your computer for the night.43. Build a REAL closet44. Hang the sheetrock on said closet.45. Do the mudding, taping and sanding on that closet.46. Paint the closet.47. Add the doors to the closet.48. And last...when the real closet is finished, create THE CHOCOLATE CLOSET on this site.49. Hang on dearly to a caramel apple sucker.50. Sing loudly.51. Practice smiling in the mirror (releases endorphins)!52. Make lists of pros and cons of smoking.53. Find gross smoking disease pictures.54. Play with Silly Putty.55. Whistle "Don't Worry - Be Happy."56. Get a camera, and take some pictures.57. Write a letter (you know...on paper).58. Clean OUT the closets.59. Crank up the radio and sing at the top of your lungs (works great for driving craves).60. Crank up the radio and dance like no one is watching. 61. Make a puzzle.62. Organize your boxes of pictures.63. Alphabetize your CD rack.64. Come here and read and post.65. Go to miniclip.com and PLAY GAMES.66. Do your nails. Hard to smoke with wet nails. I've tried.67. Take a shower.68. Take a candle-lit bath.69. Clean out a messy drawer.70. Take a day trip.71. Try making home-made candles or soap.72. Run in place.73. Do some jumping jacks.74. Start a reward fund - put away the amount you spend on smokes every day and use it to treat yourself once in awhile.75. Write a poem.76. Go antique shopping.77. Go plant a flower for every negative thought.78. Go to church/talk to God.79. Let your husband cook supper for you.80. Call your Grandmother!81. Paint a room.82. Eat a hot fudge sundae.83. Go play mini-golf.84. Clean the basement or garage.85. Wax the car.86. Make love with your significant other.87. Scrub the floor.88. Treat yourself to a massage.89. Chop up some veggies for a stir-fry - keep your hands busy!90. Clean out the litter box.91. Check your car's tire pressure.92. Call a radio show and request a song.93. Go ride a few rollercoasters.94. Take a walk in nature.95. Watch the sun set.96. Write a goodbye letter to cigarettes97. Donate blood.98. Color your hair.99. Make a greeting card.100. Write a list of things you are grateful for
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