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Quitting smoking can be hard, but you can make it easier with planning, support, rewards and realistic expectations!

When you stop smoking, you'll stop doing something you've been doing every half hour of every day of every week of every month of every year - for many, many, many years! You probably started each morning with a cigarette, ended each day & meal with a cigarette, smoked during breaks, good times, sad times, stressful times, when bored or driving, every fight and frustration - a cigarette was a part of every single thing you did.

It is normal to feel anger/sadness/frustration from missing your daily habit. It's normal to have no idea what to do in each of those moments you used to smoke. It is also normal for the things you do come up with to not really 'do the trick' at first! Be sure to identify new emotional coping tools and new behaviors to get through this part of your quit process successfully; read on for questions to help you. This is the hard part, and it has little to do with an actual physical craving for a cigarette!

The newly-quit often feel of sense of loss because they can no longer do what they used to in the same way they used to do it. Change is hard, can lead to feelings of frustration and takes time, patience and PRACTICE to move through it effectively. Quitting is a a learning process. It does not feel comfortable at first. You've lost your (false) emotional coping tool and your daily past time. You probably don't have any new ones to fill the void yet. This is where you can actively work to identify and practice new behaviors, new emotional coping tools, new routines and healthy new habits.

Every smoker goes through this process during their quit. As you do so, you are actually 'becoming a nonsmoker'. Expecting this will happen, knowing it will take a few months to get to the 'feeling better' part, and having a plan of action for your toughest trigger moments will ensure your lasting success!

Make a commitment today to identify new habits, new emotional coping tools, new activities to keep you busy and new daily routines that appeal to YOU. This is YOUR quit, so get involved! Let's identify your 3 biggest smoking triggers (EX: stress, driving, boredom); these are what you'll want to put your time, energy and focus during the next month. Write down your answers to the following:

  1. What are some things you will commit to doing when you encounter this trigger? (take a walk, call a friend, listen to music)
  2. What has worked before?
  3. What else can you try?
  4. What will you do around other smokers?
  5. Where will you go to enjoy yourself that is smoke free & supports your quit?

This is 'working your quit' and is the most important step of all! The key is that you not reach for a cigarette no matter what happens or how you feel.  It is in that very moment of choosing something else that you will identify the options that work perfectly for YOU. And that is how keeping your Quit gets easier instead of harder as time goes by!

KTQ,

Vikki Q CTTS-M

Master Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist

 

Remember; you CAN quit smoking for good, and we here at QuitNet are happy to help:

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Comments

Thanks for all you do Lynn. I have never received much support from Quitnet. This is my last quit thanks to the help I have recieved from LiveStrong.com and My quit coach. I post and never hear anything from other quitnet people, so I kind of gave up. Am I doing something wrong?? Namaste' Shelley Jo
Posted @ Friday, January 11, 2013 1:53 PM by Shelley jo Graham
I'm disappointed in quitnet.com in that when I post something, I get no replies, or people are chatting about anything but quitting smoking. I've got a personal health coach now with humana . com and i'm truly satisfied with her.
Posted @ Saturday, January 12, 2013 4:51 PM by beulahvezinat
nope Shelly Joe Graham uh we see your comments, good luck with your quit as I will need good luck myself..fight the cravings..
Posted @ Saturday, January 12, 2013 11:42 PM by Dannylovesalyes
I wish they would send me more gum
Posted @ Sunday, January 13, 2013 4:20 PM by Michelle
Tomorrow will be my first day to quit and I really want this to work this time. I hope to get encouragment from others and tips to help the "habit" of having cigarette with coffee, when depressed, when upset and when I just want to enjoy a cigarette.
Posted @ Wednesday, March 20, 2013 10:49 PM by Carolyn Wilson
Hey Carolyn! I am here for you!!! You can do this!!!! hugs!!! 
Shelley Jo 
80 days, 11 hours, 49 minutes and 49 seconds smoke free. 
 
Posted @ Thursday, March 21, 2013 3:50 PM by Shelley Jo Graham
The hardest one for me to give up was the first one in the morning (and the one virtually straight after it!). I have now replaced them with a cereal bar and feel great. (I never used to have a appetite for breakfast!)
Posted @ Monday, April 08, 2013 7:13 AM by Toe
HI Everyone, 
 
Please do not use any nictone supplements. People may say nicorette works but it has it's effect on your body. Please eat fresh orange peel when ever you cravings. Believe me simple 3 steps will work for 100%. 
1. eat fresh orange peel eat a little for every 15 minutes. 
2.Run for while in the morning. 
3.Drink lot of water and eat fresh fruits with vitamin c. 
 
Posted @ Wednesday, June 12, 2013 9:48 AM by Dany
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