So this is the first time I have joined a group like this. Can anyone tell me the secret to successfully kicking this habit?
You have joined the best place for support...first read read read...especially Alan Carr’s book about quitting smoking being easy...make a plan and whatever suggestions you get for responses, do them all...you got this
Welcome,@candice2417 ! I'm glad you found us.
I would suggest you poke around the site and read. There is a wealth of ideas and experience.
I encourage you to create a plan and write it down. Having a plan has made ALL the difference in keeping my quit.
Try to identify your smoking triggers (driving, having a coffee, work breaks, etc) and have a plan for what you will do instead.
I would also encourage you to hang out here. Get ideas, join a conversation, take the pledge. This site has been my rock and my anchor. My daily reminder of why quitting is so important. We help each other here.
I'll be looking out for you
Welcome to our community!
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. I (and others here) who read it found that it put our smoking in a whole different perspective and helped us to be successful.
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 .
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 to the Ex. Educating yourself about nicotine addiction, having a quit plan and, for many of us, having the support we receive here. Make the commitment and we'll be here to support you.
It is not a secret to us who have been successful. Education about nicotine addiction.
Hi and Welcome to Ex’s Candice2417
The secret for me...”a plan and hard work”...I read at My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX and I set a quit date and prepared for that day like no other...then I educated myself on nicotine and addiction...I read here and actually quit a few days early...the biggest thing in the beginning was making the quit priority one...avoiding triggers for sometime and keeping busy...keep close to the support site for help...we are here for you ~ Colleen 337 DOF
Welcome to EX, I can only repeat what has been said, education about nicotine addiction is really important, so is support from others who have been where you are, and your own commitment not to smoke, NO MATTER WHAT. I used the mantra NOPE Not One Puff Ever when I first came here and I came every morning and every evening and in between when I felt triggered. This is a journey and it really DOES get easier, it takes time.
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