Hello, I just wanted to ask is there any kind of support that you all can share with me about being nervous and excited at the same time.
Hello Chandra, Welcome to the EX Community. You have come to the right place for support. Nervous and EXcited at the same time. Huh? It's okay, for some that is part of the process. If you learn to channel that energy to relearn your thinking that you do not need to smoke you can have a forever quit just like other things you have accomplished. You can have success. This is a great support system for those who need help in quitting smoking. I have almost 6 years clean. With NOPE not one puff ever, you can be free. We are a support group that emphasis education being the key to success. You indicated in your profile that you study when not here so 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
I was advised to read Allen Carr's Easyway to Quit Smoking which can be found on pdf on the web. Another good site to get info which was very helpful to me is www.whyquit.com. There are several articles to read. Nicotine 101 and Freedom From Nicotine My Journey Home. To get help on navigating the site go to. Community Help
I believe you can quit smoking if you make quitting smoking your number one priority. You can do this if you make up your mind that you can.
In order to be successful in quitting smoking, I have read that it takes willingness and not willpower...so if you are willing to do what it takes to break this addiction, you are on your way to success. Stay close, read as much as you can, and post daily to let us know how things are going for you and to allow us to give any support you may need. We at the EX have one-another's back...welcome to the family Chandra2222..
Good morning, and thank you.
Hi and Welcome to Ex’s Chandra2222
So glad you found our site...First, I would recommend you read at My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX where you will plan your quit date like no other day. Then read the blogs/posts to become knowledgable in quitting and addiction. Also, stay close to the support site. We are here to help. Stay busy 100 Things to do instead of smoking!
Excited and nervous are good things, use these feelings to fight the urge on your quit date. You can do this, I smoked for over 30 years and I am quit 725 Days because of this site. Now get working...Colleen
Welcome to the community!
Most of us were anxious and excited as we approached our quit dates. You can lessen your anxiety by learning about the addiction, by planning, preparing and getting support. We can help with all of that! You need to commit to this 100%, make the decision you are not going to smoke NO MATTER WHAT, honor that decision one day at a time, and you will be successful. I did all of the above more than eight years ago - and quit on my first and only attempt at it. You can do it, too!
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. You might visit “Games”: https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/groups/games. The active ones are at the top of the list going down the left side of the homepage. 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 there Chandra! Welcome to our quit family. Many of us had those exact feelings. It's natural when approaching this journey. You can type "nervous" in the search area (click on the magnifying glass upper right) and you'll see others who experienced the same thing. But from you bio, I'm sure you're probably pretty wise in the area of addiction. Congrats on going to college to get an education in it. I'll bet you're a real asset to your Colorado community! Sure are setting a great example. Glad you've joined us. Your input will be valuable.
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