How do i quit cuz it's hard for me
You get your head in the right place and follow our lead. :-)
We know what it's like. Most of us smoked 40 years and have quit.
We know the successful strategies and crave stoppers.
Please read the following two links.
Where Does It Come From?
What To Expect In The First Four Months
Please tell us more about your plan and your situation such as:
Are you using an aid?
Do you live with a smoker?
The more we know, the m,ore we can tailor our responses to your needs.
Start writing, ask questions, stick with us.
Welcome to our community!
News Flash: It was hard for ALL of us. It's an addiction. We got free; so can YOU! If you read all you can, prepare, plan and commit - you CAN!
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 livewell.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!
It was hard for me and yes it is hard for everyone of us here but being on this site made it sooooooooooo much easier for me ! Listen to the wise elders above and do the reading You Can be free too !!!
I don't think I ever heard anyone say it's easy to quit. Learn as much as you can read everything you can find about quitting. It can be done.You can quit but you need to be open minded and willing to learn and then be willing to do it. The key word is do.Do = success "try" = fail
Learn How to Quit Smoking (and Make it Stick)
Have you ever done anything hard before? If so - how did you go about it? If you think of quitting as a skill, just like any other skill that can be learned, it might ease your mind a little. Like learning to play a new game, or an instrument, or language, first you study, do your homework, practice. Actually, no. First you must make the commitment to it. Then do your homework. Perseverance and patience pays off with this. The stronger your preparation, the more likely your success.
Keeping a sense of humor about yourself will help. Also, perceiving this as a positive challenge rather than an onerous mountain you have to climb will make the journey more pleasant. Stick around. We'll walk it with you.
Welcome to EX, you have come to the right place, we all had hard times, the more you know about addiction and the more support you accept, the stronger you will become on this journey. It IS a journey, it starts with the first step and it is one step at a time after that. You CAN do this but no one and nothing can make it "easy"...at least not as far as I am concerned.
Welcome to our Community
Can't add anything to all the information above except I followed a lot of the suggestions, educated myself, came up with my plan, and I've been hanging close to this site cause the support here is phenomenal!
Quitting is Hard - Only a couple of weeks into my quit, I still got a long way's to go yet. But I know with all the help I get here, I WILL do it!!
Last of all - WELCOME, we're glad you're here.
Welcome to the community. Can;t really add anything. Set your date and prepare.
hello new friend! welcome! Make yourself at home. just by visiting this site you have vastly improved your chances of living longer ad happier!
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