I'm looking for a quit buddy, as many of my friends still smoke and I'm not sure I can do this alone.
Hello, and welcome! You've come to a great place if you don't want to quit alone, because we have all been there, done that, and survived. It is absolutely doable and we're here for you. I'm going to tag Youngatheart.7.4.12, who typically welcomes new members with a LOT of great information to start with.
Welcome to our community!
We ALL here can be your quit buddies. It's what we do. There are folks here your ag and older who have been successful or who are working to be. I am thrilled that you have chosen freedom from addiction at such a young age!
Nicotine addiction is nicotine addiction - no matter the delivery device - and how to beat any of them is about the same. Every time you read :"cigarette" in the information I will give you, just sub "Juul." The one thing different I would recommend is that you might change to a vape first start to able able to educe the nicotine content of the pods. Start with a lesser amount in, like, one in every four, then three, etc. until you are only using the smallest amount. That way the physical withdrawal should be more manageable. Or - you can certainly go "cold turkey." The nicotine is pretty much out of your body after three days, then it's your body adjusting to life without it, in addition to getting beyond the psychological part of the addiction
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.
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!
Welcome and thanks for sharing - CONGRATS ON NICOTINE FREEDOM - EDUCATION is the key - NICOTINE addiction is addiction - blog BEFORE you take that FIRST puff over YOU - read all EX TEAM has here and watch videos at whyquit.com - I took these SUGGESTIONS and stayed on this recovery from NICOTINE site for the FIRST 90 DAYS - reading and blogging about whatever I needed to blog to NEVER TAKE ANOTHER PUFF EVER over ME - gentle hug❤
Hi Hon...You have all of us...come here and we will support you through this journey...you can do it...ask for any and all help ... Happy Wednesday ~ Colleen 226 DOF
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