Hi I’m Christina I been smoking 16 years or so and I really don’t want to be a smoker anymore- glad I found a support place
Welcome to EX my friend.
Hi , yes welcome to Ex. I wanted to post you something but my computer got stuck and I can't get into my profile , but hey one thing we learn when we quit smoking is patience lol . One minute at a time, one day at a time .
I am glad you decided to quit smoking . The Journey is an adventure and a thrill you won't ever forget . Have you ever attempted to do something outrageous and we're a bit scared to do it at first ? Then after you felt so awesome cause you did it ? Well this is kinda the same , at least it was for me . I won't speak for everyone as we are all different , but I am so happy I went on the adventure. I smoked 25 years and never thought I could quit .
This place has excellent support and many incentives that you can use to help you stay quit.
I'll stop there as I know many others will be here to welcome you as well .
Any questions , just ask .
Welcome to Ex and the new you.
Welcome to the community!
Congratulations on your decision to quit smoking. It is one you will never regret!
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!
so glad YOU chose to love YOURSELF - yahooooooo- WAY TO GO - YOUR OWN PERSONAL NON SMOKER LIFE STYLE
Welcome to the community Cmccallion you've made the best decision that you'll ever make in your lifetime and it's definetly the best gift that any of us will ever give ourselves which is the gift of LIFE please do the recommended reading 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 in those early days and weeks of quitting smoking 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....
Welcome to the EX Cmccallion A lot of good people here
Welcome to the Ex. Educate yourself about nicotine addiction and create a quit plan. My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX Knowledge and preparation made all this difference for me and many others. So pick a date and join us on our quit journeys. Not wanting to smoke anymore is the first step to a successful quit. We're here to support you--just reach out anytime you need encouragemnet. Looking forward to celebrating with you.
Welcome to Ex, Christina! Congratulations on your decision to quit. You've found a great community that is here for you 365.
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