I just joined and set me quit date for February 13. Any help or advise you can give will be appreciated. Thanks, Jeani
Hi Jeani! Welcome and congratulations! You've come to the right place for advice and support! Lots of people will reach out to you, and when they do, they're going to provide you with information to help you educate yourself and lay a good foundation for quitting. Take whatever advice they give you, take it. Stay on this site and explore members and their blogs, and start connecting with others who are on their quit journey as well.
You can do it!
Good Morning Jeani!
As Susan said it all starts with understanding Nicotine Addiction and Recovery! Use these next 2 Weeks preparing for your Quit Journey and you will be Successful! Blog and Ask Questions a lot!
You really are making the Best decision of your LIfe! It is doable and with the right knowledge and Quititude it's very doable! Life Smoke FREE is just plain Wonderful! Well worth it!
Hello and welcome to our community! I am sending a link to Alan Carr's Easy Way To Quit Smoking. I thought you might be interested in reading it. Let me know if I can help.
Alan Carr's Easy Way
welcome, hop onto my profile by clicking my name and read the featured content to get you started, if you wish. This is not impossible. This is doable
Welcome to our community!
Congratulations on your decision to quit smoking. It is one you will never regret.
The most important thing you can do right now is to educate yourself on what nicotine does to your body and mind. To that end, I also highly recommend Allen Carr's “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” This is an easy and entertaining read.
As well, read the sections on this site, and read the blogs, responses and pages of folks you think might be helpful. You might visit whyquit.com and quitsmokingonline.com for the good information contained there. You should also do the tracking and separation exercises suggested on this site
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. 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. I do not recommend the e-cigarette for three 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, and 3) the batteries can spontaneously catch on fire. . But – any method that you think will work well for you will be best for you.
The idea is to change up your routines so the smoking associations are reduced. Drink your coffee with your OTHER hand. 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.
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. 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. Don't let that smoking thought rattle around your head alone. Get busy! Here is a link to a list of things to do instead of smoke if you need some fresh ideas:
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, Jeani, welcome to EX! Congratulations on making this great decision for yourself. It's not always easy, but it is Doable!
I highly recommend doing the reading, especially about nicotine and its effects on the body and brain, so you can be better prepared for how you feel when you QUit. Also, Carr's book helped me see that Quitting is not giving up, but Gaining so many great things like health, confidence, money, Freedom, etc. I also blogged a lot in the early days - in this new platform you can blog or post under discussions, conversations, ask questions, etc.
Be willing, and be committed to not smoke, no matter what, and you will succeed!
Welcome to the site! This is the best place for support! In case you haven't seen the link to the Carr book - here it is:
"The Easy Way To Stop Smoking" - free download -
Congrats on deciding to quit! Be sure to stick around! You can do this - I did and I smoked for 40 years!
Congratulations on making the decision to quit and setting a quit date! I am here to help and will send you a link to the daily pledge (when it gets closer to your quit date) which will help strengthen your commitment and the how to's, of the pledge page! ~Terrie~
This is all about you and what you are willing to do to be smokefree. Please disregard any duplication from previous comments.
Start First, by educating yourself about nicotine addiction. Education is the key to a successful quit.
Read: Freedom from Nicotine My Journey Home and Nicotine Addiction 101
Here are the links http://whyquit.com/whyquit/LinksAAddiction.html and http://whyquit.com/ffn/
Also Read Allen Carr’s book, “Easy Easier Way to Quit Smoking”.
The link is here: http://media.wix.com/ugd/74fa87_2010cc5496521431188f905b7234a829.pdf
Go to the home click on About EX tab and get started. We will support you. You are in your journey for freedom.
How are you doing? How is the prep work going? Keep posting!
Welcome to the site, stay close and read everything you can about quitting smoking because there's a wealth of information here to strengthen your resolve to quit and remain quit and we're all here to help you in any way we can, Quitting smoking is definitely difficult but so very Doable and worth it to be FREE. EXforLife2
Seriously hope you are doing the reading and that you realize that the best bet you have for a successful quit is to make sure you are educated about addiction to nicotine and that you get the support you need. Prepare a quit kit and list all of the triggers you know of and how strong they are and then plan for what you will do when they come about after you quit...triggers will keep coming and might even get a little stronger as your body adjusts to being nicotine free. Stick with your quit, stick with us and you will embark on a wonderful journey of self discovery and self empowerment!
Welcome to EX,
Here are a couple of links that might be helpful. "take what you need and leave the rest"
Welcome to our Community
My Welcome To New Members (12+ Years Of Watching)
Looking forward to the 13th! If you need anything just holler! ~Terrie~
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