Hi, my name is Cynthia , 66 years old , and ready to quit for the last time .
You have come to the right place for support.
Quitting smoking is doable if you make quitting smoking your number one priority and make up your mind that you can. Relearning your thinking that you do not have to smoke or vape is a good beginning. Make a commitment 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. That is NOPE concept, not one puff ever. It is not by will power but your willingness to let it go forever. Quitting is the easy part. Staying quit takes work. Learning to protect your quit will keep on your journey forever freedom. This journey is one day at a time. Never give up, never give in. Hang tough Stay Close.
Education is the key to successfully quit. Read, Study, Blog and be willing to do the work. With the help of the EX Community, you can have a forever quit. Start by educating yourself about the addiction to nicotine. Know the LAW! Go to My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX and review the videos and learn more about your triggers and how to prepare when the urges come
Hi and Welcome to Ex’s Cyn...
You have come to a great place to quit smoking. First thing, you need a plan...go to My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX , set your quit date and plan for that day like no other...This is my third and last quit...and I owe it much to this site. I learned that planning, knowledge and hard work were the keys to quitting. You can do this...much of the journey is finding things to do in place of smoking...100 Things to do instead of smoking! And to find new coping mechanism’s...that are healthy. (Ie., walking, exercising, meditation, prayer, etc.,)...now start working on a plan...and come to the support site often to get help and encourage other’s on this journey. At 409 Days quit ... it has been so worth the work...We are in this together...Colleen
Welcome to the community please read the links suggested above me and keep reading everything you can because there's a wealth of information right here on this site to strengthen your resolve to kick the nicotine poison to the curb permanently it's not easy by any stretch of the imagination BUT boy oh boy it's so worth it to be Free and we're all here to help you in any way we can you can do this quit believe it deep breaths and at the end of your Day ONE you can say YAY for Day WON with many more to come..... Cyn7077
Greetings, Cynthia. Glad you've joined us. We'll walk this walk with you. You cannot read too much on here. The more you know, the better equipped you'll be for the journey ahead. Quitting is a Skill that CAN be Learned Chin up. You can DO this!
Welcome to the Ex. Congrats on your decision. Read the material that's been suggested and pick a quit date. We're here to support you.
Welcome to the 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 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) it maintains the addiction to nicotine, and 4) they are proving to be unsafe.
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!
Congrats on your decision to quit! I don’t have much to add because there are some really great responses above with lots of information. Just believe in yourself. You can do this. By quitting you are not losing anything but taking back your power!!!
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Hi Cynthia, welcome to Ex. You now have a family of quitters all around you ready to listen, ready to help when asked or needed. One day at a time you can do this.
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