How do you find a group that is current? I quit smoking on 02-10-17, and I'm really struggling. I have a lot of anxiety, and would like to find support?
Congrats on 11 days! I would just keep blogging. That's where most of the action is. Have you read the Allen Carr book, The Easy Way? I highly recommend it. Someone will be along shortly to give you the link.
As kristen said....continuing to post either in a blog or under conversations and the community will respond. Go to the Cafe tomorrow (kind of late tonight). Everyone stops in there several times a day. Just post something and tell everyone you are a new member. You'll get tons of support! Welcome. So glad you are here. Don't be anxious! Quitting smoking is one of the best decisions you will ever make and you certainly have found the best place for support.
Congratulations on 11 days.....you are on your way.
This is EX. we are all here for each other.
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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 http://www.becomeanex.org/my-quit-plan.php?pid) tab and get started. We will support you. You are in your journey for freedom
If youlook at the top of the page you will see the word Group, click on that a list of groups should appear. .
Welcome to our community!
Congratulations on your decision to quit smoking. You have started out quite well in doing your first post. Just keep looking around. I am glad you are here!
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.
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. 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 and welcome when I become anxious I take deep breaths and go for long walks (if possible). I also like to watch stop smoking videos such as this one -Allen Carr Easyway to Stop Smoking - YouTube
Hang in there and protect your quit.
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Hello and Welcome to you! Actually the whole community is very active here generally in the bogs and conversations. Think of it as one big group. A few active groups are Positive Affirmations and Support, Laughter is the Best Medicine and COPD. When you get to the group, simply click on Activity to see the current activity. Keep talking to us, either in a blog or conversation. We'll hear you and respond. Kudos on the 11 days by the way. It DOES get easier. If it didn't, there wouldn't be an long-term quitters. Chin up and have heart!
Hello and Welcome! Congratulations on 11 days free! This might help you navigate the site Welcome to our Community also here is a link to another very active group Daily Pledge The Daily Pledge February 2017 Holler if you have any questions! ~Terrie~
Welcome to EX, you have gotten lots of wonderful advice already, I am sure that when you finish reading and figure out the navigation, you will find this to be a really positive place to recover from nicotine addiction.
I am new to, I am 52 days now did you go cold turkey or are you on something else, I just stayed on the couch, and took lots of naps, when I first started, and I still get anxiety that is why I get on here, and read everything I can so I do not blow my quit, so stay postive, and stay a non smoker, you can do this, and we are here for you. Helen.
When I first joined what helped me the most was blogging every single day, let it be a symptom I'm having, a feeling I'm going through, questions about something I had, just sharing my day in general. Just hit post to my blog and then at the bottom post it as your personal blog and hit publish, simple as that. Don't concern yourself with different places to post things. That knowledge will come with experience on the site. This site works differently than a chat room. there is no real time feed. It's just a group of ex-smokers trying to help people quit by sharing our experience, our own journeys. there's somebody online all time at different times of the day. Some just peek in and others comment a lot. Just know that we are here and we'll come running if you need help
I'm quitting too! Your farther along than I am, today is THE DAY! Feel free to talk to me about anything!
for the anxiety and just general mood swings I take St. John's Wort, you can get it at a health food store or anywhere you get vitamins. It is a natural option to deal with the anxiety.
Newbie Quitters Hello, and Welcome to EX ISPEAKINALLCAPS I am not sure how many go to the group I just suggested, but it may be a good place to read and perhaps meet newer quitters. I hope it helps! ~Terrie~
I'm on Citalopram and Amitripylin. I'm wondering if St. John Wort can be taken with these psychotropic medications. I have been through more stress than one person can bear, but I have to stop smoking because of COPD. I have been preparing since I contracted pneumonia in November, cutting back to 3-2-1 until stopping completely on 02/10. I have many reasons to stop, which I tell myself when cravings get bad. I have used the patches since November, presently on the 14. I also use the lozenges, usually only 1-2/day. Today I haven't used any lozenges, but the stress hasn't been as bad as most. I don't have any support, and really need to figure out how to use this site.
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I would ask your pharmacist regarding the St Johns Wort and any possible interactions.
Here's the best way I've found to see what's happening on the site. There is a list of actions on the left.
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