I am planning to quit on 22 march , Wish me luck please
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You will quickly realize when you do some reading that there is no luck involved in quitting smoking! There is education, preparation, planning and commitment. YOU totally control this process of freeing yourself from addiction.
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:
You should also read the posts here and perhaps go the the pages of folks who you think might be helpful. You might visit whyquit.com, quitsmokingonline.com and quitwell.com for the good information contained there. @https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/groups/best-of-ex has lots of blogs written by members of this site with their experiences and guidance. You should also do the tracking and separation exercises suggested in My Quit Plan: http://www.becomeanex.org/my-quit-plan.php
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. Buy your gas at a different station. Take a different route to work. Take a quick walk at break time where the smokers AREN'T.
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!
Read, read, read! The more know you don't have to rely on luck! Best Wishes!
Youngatheart gave you some really good advise - and so did Thomas. Making up your mind to not smoke - no matter what - is really all that it takes. This is the best decision for yourself that you can make! Let us know if we can help!
Welcome to EX, you do not need luck...you need commitment and you need to read and prepare. N.O.P.E. was my best friend...not one puff ever, one day at a time, sometimes one moment at a time. This is a journey and it doesn't end until WE do.
Youngatheart has given you some magnificent advice and you will do well if you take it.
You picked an excellent day! It will bring you luck for sure:) That day is my husbands and my 37 wedding Anny:) we are still going strong
Good Luck to you! I hope you take the advise above, given to you. Luck really will not buy you the freedom you so desire....understanding the addiction and following through with choices you will have to make to stay quit....now thats something doable...but ya gotta DO it
Looking forward to watching you become free! And I know you already heard it but I have to repeat it. Luck has nothing to do with a successful quit. What's really needed is a strong commitment to a future of health and freedom. There's already lots of great advice for you above.
I just wanted to congratulate you on your decision to take your life back from addiction. The balls in your court! Go for it!!
ONWARD TO FREEDOM!!!
Welcome to the site! Congrats on deciding to quit! Be sure to read the Carr book Nancy mentioned - and stay close here. You can do this!
March 22nd will be a great day to take back your life from the cancer sticks, it's also my son's 34th birthday and he quit smoking 3 yrs ago in January so that will be your day One and inthat evening you can say YAY FOR DAY WON! There's no luck involved but being willing, determined and totally committed to succeed in your quit will give you a beautiful smoke free life you can and will be successful one precious smoke free day at a time! faisalshah
I am also quitting on March 22 - it's my birthday and after 40 years of smoking - it's long past time. Good luck, do pay attention to the advice about reading up on the addiction, what to expect, and what to do instead. I read Alan Carr's book and found it very insightful - no matter what method you choose, you have to be in the right frame of mind and this book definitely helps. GOOD LUCK!!
Congratulations on your decision to quit smoking dwwms ,it's the best gift that you will ever give yourself and it's the greatest of birthday gifts too, wishing you a wonderful Smoke Free day!
faisalshah Make sure you check back in. Participating in the community can be helpful to your quit.
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Thank you All. I really appreciate the help and support. Day 1 going strong so far
Yay for faisalshah ,this evening you can look in the mirror and smile and say YAY FOR DAY WON !
So glad to hear your Day 1 is going strong! My day 1 is going well also - I knew the cravings would be there when I got up, and I knew how to handle it. Just got moving and every time I heard you want a cig, I responded, NOPE, I don't smoke anymore!
You are doing great one precious moment at a time dwwms ,yay for your Day WON when this evening rolls around!
Today is your DAY WON! Congratulations!!!
Good for YOU, one day at a time...this is SO DOABLE.
Whenever I have a craving , I come here and re read this conversation ... makes me stronger yayy
BEST REPLY I HAVE READ IN A WHILE! Do stay close!
STILL going well? Hope so! Almost Day One, WON!
Welcome to EX. You have come to the right place for a new day and a rebirth. Congratulations on making the decision to quit smoking. Youwill learn that luck has very little to do with quitting smoking. It will require work
This is all about you and what you are willingto do to be smokefree. Quitting smoking requires hard work. It can be challenging at times but you will learn that it is doable if you adhere to NOPE not one puff ever no matter what.
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 http://www.becomeanex.org/how-to-quit-smoking.php#thl and get started. We will support you. You are in your journey for freedom
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