Ready or not I have to quit.
When you have that "want one!" thought, turn it into: "Since I don't DO that anymore, what shall I do instead to distract myself until this crave passes?" Then DO it!
Keep reading, and start putting each one you want off just a little. Prove to yourself that you don't have to smoke just because you want to. Think about what's going on when you light up - and make plans what ELSE you could do when you quit.
Most of this thing is a mind game - and you can WIN it!
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100 Things to Do Beside Smoke
After a very short while, Quitters don't regret quitting but 70% of smokers do want to Quit!
What To Expect In The First Four Months
Taking that first step to freedom is always hard. You have to know that you're going to take that first step that can change the rest of your life! There can be no doubt in your mind. We'll be here with you. Think of the wonderful things you're doing for your freedom and forget the rest! We're here to help you if you need it. Believe in yourself and you'll be fine!
ONWARD TO FREEDOM!!!
What are you saying to YOURSELF to make you stick to it this time? To quit you have to change behavior. You change behavior by changing your attitude. You change your attitude by introducing new thoughts and reinforcing them. Many of the successful quitters here spent a goodly amount of time prior to their quits and following their quits reading constantly. That's the reinforcement part. When I quit the last time I put up pieces of paper around my place with positive words on them. Like: "YES, YOU CAN!" "ATTITUDE STUPID!" "WHAT AM I TO LEARN TODAY?" You, of course, find your own words to boost you on.
Remember that quitting is not an event, it's journey. And because it's a journey we not only need to continue educating ourselves, but we need to constantly stay AWARE and agree to the changes that take place. It helped me to think of quitting as a rite of passage. In many tribes you have to go through physical challenges to be afforded "adult" status. In our case it could be going through the gauntlet of cravings to get to the other side where "freedom" is experienced.
Think about what words YOU need to say to yourself to make this quit stick. Not the old ones that didn't work. New ones that do. They can't be simply intellectual "words." They have to be words that make an emotional connection within you. Addiction isn't about intellect, it's about the emotional connection to the behavior we so desperately want to end. And to overcome it we need to delve deeply into ourselves. That's part of the necessary homework too.
"I have been doung my homework and I want to Feel ready." All you have to do is BE READY. If you really WANT IT badly, you can do it. It is all in your mind set: see yourself with your minds' eyes as an EX; imagine how many people will be happy for you, other will be jealous, but you will be happy and proud of yourself.
Be here often, talk to us, we will do our best to support you on your journey, the same as we were all supported when we first started.
Breath, breath deep, at the end of my smoking I could'nt do it without coffing. 15 days of freedom and I can already breathe better. Your worth it too. Give your body the gift of being smoke free. Haven't met anyone who regrets quitting.
You can do this and you need to believe that. I can tell you that I came to EX every morning and every night at the beginning of my quit and I spent time here during the day when I needed to. I read blogs by other people showing me what THEY were doing and I adapted things to my quit and my particular needs and abilities. I found that when I could use the stationary bike, it was wonderful because it released dopamine and I just FELT good. I smoked for 47 years (quit for pregnancies and some short term tries), I have not smoked in more than 3 years now and, in the meantime, my house burned down and I lost my three beloved cats to smoke inhalation. When I say that if I can do it, anyone can, I MEAN IT. It was not easy at the beginning but it got easier, it got better, I noticed that at first all I thought about was smoking and then the time would get longer and longer between craves. I lived with NOPE (Not One Puff Ever) as my mantra. I accepted the discomfort that went along with my quit and I knew that smoking was not going to make ANYTHING better. It does not relieve pain, physical or psychological, it does not take away anger or depression, it does not make your life better...only YOU can make your life better. I promised myself that if there was really something that smoking would do for me that I would go ahead and smoke. I was never able to find that something. please read Dale's page (jonescarpaka dale)...I read that over and over again when I was struggling and lo and behold, there is no struggle any more to stay smoke free. Each day is another day WON!
Love the N.O.P.E. Not one puff ever! I'm gonna use that. Thanks.
I had more than one failed quit in the past and I had, somehow, never heard that NOPE. I shared it with my daughter after I saw it on EX and she said it was her biggest and strongest tool. She has been smoke free for about a year and a half, I think. NOPE is a great little acronym. You CAN do this, seriously, BELIEVE it!
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