I am looking for a group that has daily posts and lots of conversations, to help support each other through this...
start up a blog or a conversation and have new to quitting as your title. Trust me, you'll have a lot of people coming. Click on the pencil and select what you want. I would select blog and tell the group a little something about yourself. How long you've smoked, your fears or worries about smoking, how many times you've quit but went back to smoking. I think we can give this person some help, Youngatheart.7.4.12, jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007, JACKIE1-25-15, TerrieQuit
Hello, and Welcome to EX!We are so glad you are here! This is a great place to quit smoking.Education, willingness to do whatever it takes not to smoke, determination and commitment are the keys to a successful quit!I would like to recommend a group called, The daily Pledge here is a linkThe Daily Pledge February 2017 It's fun and will help reinforce your commitment not to smoke!At the top of the page just under the title, it says comment, click that and it will take you to the last person that pledged, comment on the pledge and take that person's hand and promise not to smoke, and then offer your free hand to the next pledge, we keep each other strong in our quits! You can state your # of days, post a picture or whatever you want! This is your quit be proud of it! Hope to see you there! ~Terrie!~
Welcome to our community!
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 highly recommend Allen Carr's “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” This is an easy and entertaining read. Here is a link to a free PDF version of it:
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!
Tyme.2.Kwit The community just moved to a new platform last week so Groups haven't really gotten off the ground yet. I imagine some of them will. There is some activity in Positive Affirmations and Support and Newbie Quitters but most of the activity is currently happening in Conversations and the Daily Pledge and Freedom Train posts found in Celebrations & Events. There also has been a pop up with a new daily conversation with the name EX Cafe and also Daily Meeting Place, the links change each day so you'll have to look for the one with the current date. The might also become more established in the next few weeks like the Daily Pledge and the Freedom Train.
MarkEX Community Manager
Great info.Thanks, Mark!
This is the best support group ever! Get involved and stay involved! We are all here for you! Let me know if I can help!
Hello -----do exactly as you did....post in the conversations or in the blogs and believe me-----you'll get plenty of friendly support and advice. As Lori suggested--post "new to quitting" in your title and we will come even faster. There is usually someone on here no matter what the time. The readings that Nancy suggested are key. Look for The Best of EX under your HOME page.........those are blogs from many members that have simply become our favorites. You will probably find them as helpful as we do.
Stay strong and stay in touch.
Welcome to EX!!!! We are all here for each other.
Yep, this is it! You found the best support group there is!
How do I know: personal experience!
I am where I am in my recovery because of this place, because of the people here, supporting me every step of the way.
And not only on my journey to become an EX, but also on every personal challenge I shared with the group!
Welcome, let yourself guided, and you will achieve your goals!
There are so many great places here to find daily and constant support! We all have routines that we follow, and mine includes taking the daily pledge, riding the freedom train and checking into the Cafe. Mark and Terrie linked you to the pledge and to the freedom train, so I thought I would point out the cafe.
So many of us pop in and out of the cafe thread each day. You'll see lots of discussions, hints and tips - and sometimes just really good pictures of coffee and snacks, but there's always lots of love and support. No matter what, we all feel connected after checking in. Here's today's cafe post: Welcome to the EX Café Tue 02.07.17
Find your routine and stay closely connected to this site - it has been instrumental in helping me maintain my quit.
Welcome to EX.
Learn all about nicotine addiction and try to stay positive. Craves come and go and get less intense. They are uncomfortable but you'll get past them.
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