I want to set my quit date for tommorrow.. I can't seem to change my quit date on here.. It won't allow me to change it..
Hi! I can't help you with changing your Quit Date but I'll bet Mark can!
I just want to Congratulate you for starting over!
I'm sure you have a Quit Tool Box!
I'm sure you already read The Easy Way and quitsmokingonline.com and whyquit.com
I'm certain you already have a list of why you want this quit.
I have total confidence that you will come here when you feel challenged and write help in the title!
You can do this! One Day at a Time!
You can change your Quit Date here. You can also access this page by going to My Quit Plan in the upper right of any page and then look for the option to change your quit date on the page after that.
Then when you come back to the community the date on the community will update too. Please note your date on the community may show one day different than what you actually set. Your date is really correct but there is a little bug on our community that is making it appear as though it is offset by one day. MarkEX Community Manager
Welcome back to our community!
It appears that it's been awhile since you were active here, so I will give you the links to the material I recommend to all beginning quitters. It seems your biggest trigger is stress, so you will need to come up with concrete ways to deal with that which doesn't include smoking. Write your ideas down so when you are in a stressful moment you don't have to think much on what to do. I have found that slow, deep breaths, concentrating on each inhale and exhale works well. Taking a quick walk also can be stress relieving.
The most important thing you can do to prepare now is to re-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 - even just for today would be helpful.
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. Get busy! Here is a link to a list of things to do instead of smoke if you need some fresh ideas:
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!
So glad you chose life and that you didn't give up on your quit. Are you ready for the fight this time around? Do you know why you relapsed before? These are things that can help you along with much of the reading that Youngatheart.7.4.12 recommended. Preparation is key. Building a strong foundation to hold yourself up during the hard times.
Wishing you success in your quest for freedom.
ONWARD TO FREEDOM!!!
Hello, I am glad you are back. Here are 2 good links to read My Welcome To New Members (10 Years Of Watching) and Welcome to our Community Stay close, I know you can quit and you will have plenty of support here! ~Terrie~
Welcome back, looking forward to hearing from you regularly on this journey. Congratulations on your decision!
Welcome back! You CAN do this!
I am excited to hear from you! How is your day going? ~Terrie~
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