I had my last disgusting puff at 4:30 p.m. today. How about words of experience/wisdom. I changed my quit day mamy, many time in the last 4 weeks but never quit not once.
I would recommend you re-read the comments on your first blog. There is some great information and advice there.
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.
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!
Thank you bunches, Nancy. When I wanted to quit over a month ago I remember emails from you and Thomas. You are now my family.
I remember it was about 4:30 when I put out my last cigarette over six years ago. For me it was an exciting day but like everyone, I of course had a fight to deal with. And fight I did. Every day until I was free. In the tough times, it helps to remember the goal. The freedom from addiction and the peace that comes with it.
Be sure to come here and blog if you experience difficulties. It really does help! I blogged endlessly during my quit, and we're here to respond! I look forward to your future success!!
ONWARD TO FREEDOM!!!
Chuck you have inspired me........Linda
My best advice - go to whyquit,com/Day 1. They have very good tips that will help you get through withdrawal. That will keep you busy until bedtime.
Love all you ex's. You Rock!
Thanks for all the fabulous words. I love this place with all of you. I am currently having a cookie and hot tea at a new place. I love that noone can smoke in public places in Michigan. Do all 49 other states have the same law?
Only day three here, so I know what you are going through. Follow the advice of those with more experience then I. They are amazing!
Thanks and blessings to your success
Welcome to the site, you've got great advice above me be sure to do the recommended reading because there's a wealth of information to strengthen your resolve to quit and remain quit, quitting smoking is definitely difficult but very Doable and worth it all to be FREE!
You can so do this, we are all here supporting you and caring about you and for you...please stay close to the site and remember NOPE, no matter what. Do this one day at a time and when that is too long, do it one hour or one minute at a time. As long as you do the reading, you have the education and the support and you will be golden!
Congrats on your quit Linda! You can do this - stay close and keep on blogging!
Good to have you with us. The beginning of a quit can be tough....no denying it. But, it is DOABLE!! We all did it and we are no different from you. Thomas already named my favorite place for reading.....whyquit.com. I spent all of my first weeks on there reading or on here talking and reading.
Be in touch. We are all here for each other.
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