Hello all, today is my first day and first attempt at becoming an ex smoker. I'm 30 and have been smoking since I was a child please wish me luck thanks
Hello, Lady86! Welcome!
I wish you the Very Best! You don't have to play the odds - Read, Read, Read! The more you know about Nicotine Addiction and Recovery the less you have to white-knuckle your Quit Journey! It may not be so easy but it is simple! You made the decision that smoking is not an option - now you honor that decision - if necessary, one minute at a time - and it will get a lot better with time!
http://www.quitsmokingonline.com/course/mental-conditioning/how-to-quit-smoking- I just finished reading the 10 chapter course. It is very good and worth the read. Best of luck to you!
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 also 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. Best of EX has lots of blogs written by members of this site with their experiences and guidance.
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:
101 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!
You don't need luck, you need commitment and you need support and education, those last two you will most definitely find on this site. Please do all of the reading, you will be stunned at how much it will help!
Welcome to EX.
Spring into March 2017 with a Daily Commitment! I am so glad you are here! Don't Quit on your Quit!
~Terrie 103 DOF~
Hello Lady. On day three here. My advice is simple. Come here as much as you can, listen to the people here who really care, and enjoy the great life that is coming down the road.
How are you doing? Well I hope. one day at a time is all we can do. Keep it up and keep on reading
No luck needed - just determination and knowledge- be sure to do the reading above. Congrats on deciding to quit!
Congratulations on 2 days!
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.
This is all about you and what you are willing to 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
Welcome to our Community
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How is your quit going? Stay close and holler if you need anything! ~Terrie~ Don't Quit on your Quit!
Hello terrie thank you for all your support and kind words, I guess today (mar 23) is my second day as I had slipped up on mon and tues. I chose not to smoke yesterday and I chose not to smoke today and work on my road to freedom... bit intense at times I feel lost,empty, sad, mad, happy. It's overwhelming but I do smell great lol
We have all been where you are and we know EXactly what you are going through, it's NOT easy but it is so worth it. Don't ever feel that you cannot come here...next time you think you are going to slip...blog FIRST. Come here and put the word HELP in the subject line and someone...probably more than one will get back to you and help you to get through. The craves are going to come and there is no way to avoid them, you don't have to fight them and you don't have to smoke. Let the feeling wash over you and remember that it will go away whether you smoke or not. The first days are hard because we are consumed with thoughts of smoking but it DOES get easier, this is a journey, it is not a one day event. We all learn one day at a time. Stay close to the site, read as much as you can about nicotine addiction, the more you know, the better able you are to deal with things that come up.
It does get overwhelming at times, but it smells so good! lol, Keep moving forward!
I thought I'd check on you Lady86 and see how you're doing !
Hello I'm sorry I haven't been on here lately. I slipped up on Monday and Tuesday , I was ashamed. I've been reading a lot lately and I can't remember where I read it but it said if you slip up it doesn't mean you have to quit quitting or go buy a pack and start smoking again. In total I smoked 2 smokes (one on Monday one on Tuesday) . Today (Wednesday) is a new day and I'd like to say I have not had a cigarette in over 24 hours now (last smoke was at 8:30 last night). I've been a heavy smoker for a long time, this is my first attempt ever. A huge thank you to everyone and the incredible words of support and encouragement
Yes, you slipped. We all have been there. Keep reading, and ask yourself if you really want to quit. It is worth the struggle of the first few days, or even weeks. You can do it, but it will be work. But YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!!!! You deserve to live a life with healthy lungs. Yes, pick a new quit date. Today? Tomorrow? A week. You decide what is best but you can do it.
Welcome, and welcome back! Good for you to be back after 2 smokes. Don't get discouraged, don't be ashamed.
We all have gone through the same things.
Please make sure to read everything that has been presented to you. The easy way to quit smoking helped me make the big commitment at the beginning. Then coming here, reading every day, sharing my experience, and learning from others, either more advanced in their recovery, or challenged the same as me, was of a tremendous help!
Stick with us, get your right frame of mind, be happy you are quitting, be proud of yourself, you are doing the right thing!
Never quit quitting!
How many days do you have now? More than one day WON!
I have almost 48 hours ☺ its been hard I was prepared but I wasn't you know? All I can say is read,read,read and educate,you can never know too much about nicotine and addiction
SUPER!!!!. You are doing it. Every minute of no smoking is a joy, a gift. Keep it up.
You are so right, there is never too much information out there. I am so proud of you.
HI and welcome to the site!
The best thing that you can do is to continue to read and learn your triggers if you don't know them. Then take it one day or hour at a time. You are worthy of this quit! You are in control even if you don't feel that way right now cause you will. Come here to talk, vent or ramble (God knows I've done a lot of that, and continue to do so)! OK my punctuation isn't that great! You can be You here without pressure.
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