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July 2020 Ex-Smokers    Quit Buddies Unite

Started 12/25/19 by ModDee; 8667 views.
In reply toRe: msg 17
slowblumer

From: slowblumer

Jul-5

Here's a wonderful list ModJenn put together that should come in handy:

Quit Toolbox

  • Drink ice water through a straw. Repeat. Drink ice water through a straw. Repeat...
  • Knowledge is power. Read everything you can get your hands on about this addiction. The more you understand about your own addiction to nicotine, the better equipped you become to get through the cessation process.
  • Post on the Forum until your fingers are sore. Post, post, post. 
  • Closely related: Go to the NOPE pledge daily and hold yourself accountable.
  • When you come across posts that inspire and/or strengthen you ~ copy and paste them into a Word document. In this way, you can reread them when you feel wibbly wobbly and are climbing the walls.
  • Distract, distract, distract. (Shhhh.....I would do jumping jacks and by the time I got to about 10-12 I was distracted -- that's for sure. Try puzzles, reading a book, anything that shifts the focus of your thoughts.) More generally, stop whatever you are doing, move, and do something else. The craving will pass.
  • Remind yourself this is a journey and the more time you put between now and that last cigarette, the stronger your quit muscles become and the more you have in your quit toolbox. Take it one minute and hour at at time, if necessary, and the days will keep adding up.
  • Every day you go to bed smoke-free is a good day. Be kind to yourself along the way.
  • What you are experiencing is normal - "this too shall pass".
  • Take a shower. Brush your teeth. Put on lotion.
  • Read your quit reasons.
  • Create a list of all the benefits you are experiencing now that you no longer smoke. Practice gratitude at least once a day for these benefits and life changes.
  • Cinnamon flavored sugar-free gum (even cinnamon sticks).
  • Chai tea (I had to avoid coffee for a while but can drink it now without a problem).
  • Eat healthy snacks, such as carrots or frozen grapes (Some honesty here: I didn't always do so well with this one due to this pesky sweet tooth I developed once I could taste my food again. The good news is that as my quit felt more secure my eating wasn't as erratic.)
  • Protect your quit at all costs by avoiding situations that are high-risk for you, especially in the early part of the quit (e.g., other smokers, alcohol, etc.).
  • Make a plan for handling cravings when around temptation. Do not enter potentially difficult situations without a plan.
  • Remind yourself that it's going to be okay - time is your friend as you relearn every aspect of daily life.
  • Keep a journal to record your journey and it's easier to see how far you have come (It gave me perspective at times when I needed to remember that I may not be where I want to be but I'm most certainly not where I used to be.).
  • Reward yourself for the small accomplishments and the larger milestones (this doesn't' have to involve spending money).
  • Exercise - go for walks, join a gym, just keep moving.
  • Accept and tell yourself (that self-talk we have to turn from negative to positive) that the craving is actually a sign of healing and they will occur less frequently and with less intensity as the smoke-free days add up.
  • Deep breathing -- take 4-5 deep breaths -- fill up your diaphragm and and make your tummy stick out.
  • As ModLisa says: "When in doubt go to sleep". 
  • As ModMic says: "SOME DAYS, IT IS ENOUGH THAT YOU JUST DON'T SMOKE. Some days are crappy from beginning to end, and you can kick, scream, cry, punch something, bite someone's head off...if you did not smoke, you win and a little more healing happened".
  • Visualize a craving like a wave washing over you. The tide does leave. 
  • Tell yourself four things: (1) Smoking is no longer an option regardless of what life throws your way; (2) I am worthy of freedom from this addiction; (3) I can. I will. End of story; and (4) I am stronger than this challenge and this challenge is making me stronger.
In reply toRe: msg 14
PyroReaver

From: PyroReaver

Jul-5

Hi my name is Jimi.  I smoked a pack a day or more for the last 14 years.  June 30 was my quit date.  Today I've been having a particularly rough time. 

TinyBadger

From: TinyBadger

Jul-5

I'm a June quitter who clicked on the wrong thread like an idiot. But I will say that if you follow some of the tips toward the beginning of the thread it will help. Take a walk, drink ice water through a straw, enjoy a hobby, suck on a candy, call or text a friend, etc. I know you can do this. You've come this far, don't start over again! The beginning is so hard, so you don't want to live through that again. You are going to do this. Just think of all the reasons you want to quit. Maybe it's your health, the smell, for your family, the money saved...the list is huge! There is no benefit to smoking. Not a one! Presevere and hold tight to your wits. It's totally worth it.

slowblumer

From: slowblumer

Jul-6

Hi jimi,

Welcome to the forum.  The first few weeks can be really tough.  Hang in there.  Come to the forum and read and post.  Sometimes just posting to get the frustration out can help.  Quitting smoking is just about the best thing you can ever do for yourself.

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ANewJustMe

From: ANewJustMe

Jul-6

Hello, My Name is Maryanne,

I Smoked from 14 to 25, quit for 13 years. but about a year and a half ago during a personal devastation I started back up again.. I've unsuccesfully quit multiple times in the last year sometimes only making it a day or two.. sometimes making it a month or more.. 

I was working to quit this weekend when the anxiety that hit me was so profound I realized I needed help quitting. I didn't have anyone to explain how I was feeling, and the result was another unsuccessful quit.  I'm hoping that this group will be the tipping point to a permanent successful quit. I reading all the materials here, tho most is familiar its good to read it again.  I havn't set a new quit date yet. but it will be this month. maybe even next weekend.  but soon.. I want to be done with this.

slowblumer

From: slowblumer

Jul-6

Hi Maryanne,

Welcome to the forum.  I am so glad you have decided to quit smoking.  You have a solid 13 yrs quit so I know you can do this.   I  suggest talking to your doctor and working out a plan together if you can.  I don't know your situation but when I quit my doc was so helpful.  She put me on an antidepressant and an NRT.  I am by no means suggesting that you need either but we all need a plan and for me I needed a strong plan to overcome decades of smoking.

Read everything you can and get to know some quit buddies...it makes a HUGE difference.

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I would just say that unless you are having specific problems, the patch is a very acceptable way to a successful quit. If you follow the program set forth in the directions for your specific brand of patch and consult with your primary care physician about any problems you are having, you should do just fine. There is no one "right and only" way to quit.  Find what works for you and stick with it.

ANewJustMe

From: ANewJustMe

Jul-6

Thank you. I have considered talking to my dr. And may do just that. I appreciate the welcome

ANewJustMe

From: ANewJustMe

Jul-6

Hugs. I don't have any advice. Just empathy. U can do this!

In reply toRe: msg 7
Kittyxxx121

From: Kittyxxx121

Jul-8

Thanks for all the kind messages everyone,  I'm still smoke free and things are getting easier day by day now

In reply toRe: msg 26
slowblumer

From: slowblumer

Jul-8

  

"Every smoke-free day you complete is teaching you how to live your life without cigarettes. Bit by bit, you're reprogramming your responses to daily events that trigger the urge to smoke by choosing something other than smoking when the urge surfaces".

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