I'm new here hello everyone
Welcome to the community!
I am glad you are here! It would be helpful if you told us a bit about yourself. You might include your smoking history, why you want to quit, what quit aid, if any, are using, your quit date (if you have set one) and anything else you care to share. The better we become acquainted, the more focused we can make our responses.
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 obvious reasons.
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!
Hi Fennie, Welcome! You have found a very good site. There are alot of experienced ex smokers here and some newbies too. I myself have been quit for 75 days. I pledge everyday not to smoke- you can do this too, you will find the link on the home page. There are so many interesting blogs and topics on here, I find that reading them when I am starting to have a craving or want encouragement really helps. Good luck to you- you can do this- just post if you haveca question or need help keeping your quit. Karen
Hi ! Thank you for replying to me. I'm new and getting used to this site so please bare with me
You have already figured out the most important aspect of the site - how to write a blog, post it and respond to us here. Just take one thing at a time. You only need to learn what you want to actually use. I have been here since we migrated from an old platform, and I STILL don't know all the bells and whistles. If you want to do something and can't figure it out, just ask!
Thank you Nancy! Off to bed I work full time during the day but will be back here tomorrow evening . I don't want to have a cigarette tomorrow morning so I'm giving it my full attention not to
Welcome to EX, please pay close attention to everything that Youngatheart.7.4.12 has shared with you. Education about this addiction is a huge factor in success, remembering that quitting is a journey and not an event really helps...it's one day at a time, it gets easier as you keep going. My mantra when I came here was NOPE, Not One Puff Ever...I lost more than one quit in the past because I thought I could take one puff...not so, there is no such thing.
Thank you for replying!
Hi I actually have not stopped smoking yet however I have cut back in the last week. Trying to keep busy so I don't have a cigarette
Quitting is a one day at a time journey, not an event. You can do this and you can see that you do not have to do it alone.
Hello and Welcome to Ex’s Fennie .. You have received some great advice above me...be sure to do the readings suggested...and stay close to the support site to get help and encouragement from us...quitting takes hard work, but is so doable...Have a great day...and glad you found our site...Colleen 533 DOF
Welcome to the Ex Fennie Hope your first day smoke free goes well. We're here to support you so just reach out if you need encouragement.
Welcome to Ex, Fennie. Whether you are planning to quit (pre quit) or quitting Ex is here for you.
Welcome! I been here for awhile and it has helped me with the blogs from successful quitters.
I'm planning on quitting! Just apprehensive about the side effects
Right. Quitting is doable but one day at a time is the best anyone of us can do in quitting. Ex is definitely here for you everyday.
The side effects of quitting smoking are NOTHING compared to the side effects of continuing to smoke.
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