Just anxious. Day 2. Ugh.
Hi and Welcome to Ex’s dartgal
Glad you found our site...Congratulations on Day 2...keep busy especially when you feel anxious...or nice breathing...
Be sure to read at My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX here you will learn much about quitting...also, read the blogs here for knowledge. We are all in this journey together. Keep close to the support site for help...also, here is good list of things to do instead of smoke...100 Things to do instead of smoking!
Remember “this too shall pass” and it takes time to feel better in your not smoking skin...Gotcha in my thoughts ~ Colleen 235 DOF
. Welcome to the EX Community and Congratulations on Day 2…Are you using an NRT or cold turkey? Make sure you have gotten rid of anything associated with smoking such as ashtrays, lighters, etc. Look forward to each day WON One day at a time. Quitting is doable. You have come to the right place for support. I believe that Education is the key to successfully quit. It is suggested 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 more information on quitting. To get help on navigating the site go to. Community Help. Make quitting smoking your number one priority. You can do this if you make up your mind that you can. Relearning your thinking that you do not have to smoke is a good beginning. For a while, you will think about smoking but that does not mean you have to act on it. You can talk yourself out of smoking. No matter what never ever take another puff. NOPE. Take smoking off the table as an option and do something different. 101 Things to Do Instead of Smoke SINAO smoking is not an option.
Welcome to our community!
You are going through withdrawal and of course you feel anxious. Perfectly normal!!! Congratulations on your decision to quit and your first Day WON!
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.
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! You can get ideas from the list previously linked for you.
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. Congratulations on quitting. Stick with it and know that this quit community is here everyday ready to listen, ready to support. Yes you can!
Congratulations on your quit, it does get easier, the beginning is hard because we are learning how to live our lives without nicotine...you can do this, please pay attention to the advice already given and stay close to the site.
How are you doing dartgal?
Anxious is okay. It sucks, but this will pass. I promise.
Put that anxious feeling to work...do something physical that challenges you and keeps you busy. Think about it, you will find it.
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