Almost slipped twice but drew myself back in before I caved. My supporters are very helpful.
Hi and Welcome to Ex’s Maryhudzik
Congratulations on your quit ... and holding back and not smoking with your craves....if you haven’t already, please read and do the work at My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX it will help greatly in identifying your craves and triggers...then figuring out what you can do to replace smoking with a better healthier thing...ie., take a walk, exercise, do a puzzle, etc., also, keep close to this support site for help. WE are all in this journey together. You can do this...Happy Saturday ~ Colleen 257 DOF
Thanks for you encouraging words Colleen
Welcome to our community!
Congratulations on your decision to quit smoking, following through on it! I am sorry I missed your initial message - I often miss status updates, so glad you wrote a blog! I wish I had provided the following information to help you prepare before your quit, but it makes a good crave buster after, too!
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 read nothing else, please do give this some time.
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.
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 .
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!
Thank you Nancy for your support and some really helpful tips and information
Welcome and congrats
Welcome the Ex. That's how it works. Stay strong and use the support on this site for a successful quit.
Thanks Barb and you are so right. It really helps to have supporters who have or are going through the same process. Most everyone I know smokes including my husband so not getting much support from any of them so I really appreciate this site
In such cravings, remember, why did quit..... exactly to come out of addiction !.
It's a cob web ...multiple layers on brain, that without smoking, you can not live.
So remove the cob web which is on the brain.
Slowly cravings go ! trust Ex Community.
All the best
Good to see you around and participating!
thank you. nice to be part of this group.
It has to be one day at a time and sometimes, one crave at a time. Keeping taking steps in the right direction and you will amaze yourself at how much stronger you feel. We are all here to help in any way that we can...we all started at the beginning.
I’m glad you didn’t smoke, and I’m glad you shared with us.
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