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Hi smk and welcome.
Start with this articles and check out Karen's story--lots of good tips and tools for success.
Have you put down in writing your reasons for quitting? It's a great place to start. Hope you will stay around and read and post.
Getting Ready to Quit:
For me, gaining insights into how nicotine exerts its chemical influence on our brains was very enlightening. Here's a good article on that:
Here's a link to a series of articles that explore why we think we want to keep smoking:
In my view, these articles are really just extensions of the first article, showing familiar examples of how nicotine imposes a false bias over our critical thinking.
The more you understand about the effects of nicotine, the better prepared you will be to deal with it.
thank you very much! the article on the supplies to have on hand really made a difference.
It's been a day now, hope it'll stay this time.
I've also started writing down my reasons, I just take a look at them every now and then
Thanks a lot! atleast now I know how to fend off the thoughts and stuff when they come along with cravings.
I'm thankfully on my way now, hope to move it further on
Another good thing is to keep a written journal. You can look back on the terrible , rotten days and the days where you see a ray of light in your quit. Write down phrases that help you. Just write and write. It helps. Here are just two I had throughout my journal the first 3 months, over and over again.
‘The Journey of a thousand miles begins with one step’
'One is too many and a thousand are not enough'.
Updated November 19, 2015. You may feel like you're on a roller coaster during the first couple of weeks of smoking cessation. Whether you use a quit aid of some sort or go cold turkey, you're going to feel some discomforts due to nicotine withdrawal.
I've only been off the smokes since June 2019, but a couple of other items I found helpful to get past the cravings in the first few weeks/months were:
sunflower seeds in the shell (keeps both the mouth and hand busy),
scented lotions (just taking a whiff of certain fragrances can get the mind elsewhere & off hankering for a puff - i still do this one, too, though not as much)
rinsing with mouthwash throughout the day (taking deep inhales after a pungent mint rinse is oddly satisfying at times -- still do this one!)
Just though I'd share in case you find them helpful.
wishing you strength in keeping your resolve to get off nicotine
You have already had some good advice. Unfortunately I have quit a few times. My weapon hand cream.....it is hard to smoke while using it. Others will have more inspiring advice for you. I wish you all the best.
Hang in there it is not easy but it really is possible to quit. Read all you can find here both in the Quit Smoking Library and the articles provided by the Moderators. Try to make a few changes to your normal routine and think of new things you would like to do. Keep yourself busy maybe doing puzzles, crossword, draw, cook, exercise or do whatever you can to just distract yourself.
I found sips of ice water really helped me with those craves and posting regularly on the forum. Stay close and good luck.
I have started keeping a journal now, writing down the thoughts that I have, then and there.
All the things that you've suggested are really helping, a lot! There's improvement
Thank you June2019, these were really helpful!
Mouthwash, and applying cream really made a difference, took my mind off the usual scent, and then the cravings just drifted away.
As for the sunflower seeds, I had to do with peanuts, gum, and other tiny snacks, cause sunflower seeds are hard to come by in these areas. Still, they do the trick.