Hi All, just put out my last smoke 30 minutes ago, determined to quit. I have smoked 19 years with a 1 year break 5 years ago. Any advice to make it through the next couple of weeks?
I'd say double up on the NRTs and don't be afraid to use as much nicotine replacement as you need. I'm in the minority in that opinion on this board but it's a proven effective alternative to cold turkey, that comforted me a lot when I was losing my mind :-) not that I'm all that much further ahead than you! Good luck!
Read everything that you can about this terrible addiction. We are big on education here at EX-----knowing your enemy will help you survive. Seriously, it is very important no matter how much you think you may know about it.....I still read about addiction all the time. And we are addicts.....addicted to the drug of nicotine.
I loved reading the articles on whyquit.com. They are short and more like stories and they are very interesting. There are many, many other places online to find information on addiction, quitting and what to expect.
Here are some tips of my "own".....
>I will bet you did not smoke for only a week or a month or even 6 months. So don't expect to be completely over smoking in a week or a month or six months. It takes a good year to start to learn your "new normal" again. Even after a year, there will be tests to your new found freedom....so stay alert!
>Tell yourself it will be difficult. Don't try to fool yourself by thinking there is actually an easy way through this....there is not. HOWEVER----do NOT tell your self it is impossible. It's NOT! We all did it and we are no different from you.
>Think about the times when you might be really tempted to smoke and decide ahead of time what you will do instead.
You can do anything......cry, scream, eat, dance, run, walk, sleep, hit something (don't hurt yourself or others!) sing, jump rope, do yoga.......anything, anything anything......just DO NOT SMOKE!
>Most of all know that this is one of the BEST THINGS you will ever do.....so see it through. It is a fantastic life on the other side.
Welcome to EX we are all here for each other!
Thanks for the very helpful advice
You have one of the ingredients for a forever quit...determination. Now add commitment, perseverance with a NOPE no matter what. Education is the key to a successful quit. A Recipe for a Forever Quit, Welcome. Quitting smoking is doable.
Congratulations...welcome step to join Ex..
Surely you would do all those things you did five years ago,
and keep reminding NOPE NOPE NOPE.. (you can browse, good material available on NOPE)...
You will not have to quit again.
All the best!
Welcome and congrats on your first day smoke free. I believe that first day is the hardest. You've got this. Keeping moving forward one day at a time. We're here for you. Just reach out if you need help.
How's it going for you today? If you haven't yet, head to Best of EX (you can get there from the home page) and read through the material in there. Lots of good information to help you along the journey. And here's a blog that may help: We all could use some tips and tricks
If you have not already made out a list of things you are willing to do other than smoke, please make one. Keep it handy and go to it when you need or want to.
This is a one day at a time journey--there is no other way to smober up. Stick with Ex because we're here for you 365.
The blogs below are powerful, hope you read them:
One of the greatest tools you can use by Jackie
With committment we can & will succeed! by Marilyn
Dopamine - the Double Edged Blade by Thomas
Give This The Time It Takes by Nancy
also: What is the Single Best Thing You Can Do to Quit Smoking? - YouTube
Quitting Cigarettes Journal my own quit blog (google) started in 2014
Welcome Icandothis1313, how are you doing this evening? We're all here to help you in any way we can.....
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