I don't know how everyone else feels the day before they quit but I sure am feeling anxious this morning.
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I had not found this site, its excellent information, until about my fourth day quit, so I spent the day before my scheduled quit pretty much anxiously chain smoking. If you work on the reading I recommend and take the tips to heart, I think you might feel less anxious and maybe even a tad excited about it!
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 easy and entertaining read provided a world of good information about nicotine addiction, most of which I was not aware. I credit it in large part with my success at quitting. You can search for it online or at your local library.
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-smoke
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!
On Mon, Dec 30, 2019, 8:26 AM Youngatheart.7.4.12 <
Welcome to EX. Glad you're here! You're not alone about being anxious about quitting. Many others here have written about how they have been apprehensive and anxious before quitting and there are great stories through the whole process.
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Thank you for your help and advice, it's much appreciated
HI and Welcome to Ex’s Fischershelley
Try and not be anxious, but embrace this day...are you prepared? Do you know what you will do in place of smoking?
Did you rid all your smoking paraphernalia?
Read the above suggestions from Nancy Youngatheart.7.4.12 to help you will your quit journey. Keep close to the support site to get help and to encourage others on this journey. We are all in this together...~ Colleen 392 DOF
Welcome to the Ex. It's certainly normal to feel anxious. Smoking has become a major part of our lives. I prepared this time and cut down the week leading up to my quit. I also used Welbutrin, nicotrol inhalers, smoking cessation class and texts from the Ex. For the first time I was actually ready for my quit. Never forget it's one day at a time and you'll be fine. Stay close and reach out if you need support. We're here for you.
I think the day before was worse than the day of. The build up can be hideous. OR it can be super charged and kind of cool. It's really where you allow your mind to go and how you direct it. Rather than thinking of it as being a mountain, see if you can imagine it being a piece of cake. Think "Oh boy, this is going to be a wonderful challenge! I'm going to learn so much about myself." I know, easier said than done. Accept that perhaps it's not going to be fun, necessarily, but quitting isn't about fun. It's about changing our lives. And change is tough. But It's Gonna Be Okay. You just need to keep accepting this amazing decision you've made. Accept the rite of passage to freedom. Agree to it. Embrace it. There's a whole new you just waiting to burst forth! Rah Rah!!!! Cheering you on.
Welcome to Ex! Anxious is normal because quitting is all new. But you have a community now and it is here for you 365.
One day at a time, yes you can.
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