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Exclamation Need help to stop smoking. - September 5th 2015, 04:16 AM

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Hi, As you may have red in my previous posts i'm doing very well in general!
HOWEVER one thing i still have problems with is smoking.
Im trying to quit, which is working to an agree... but does anyone have some tips that could help me out?
I started smoking 2 years ago as another form of coping and unfortunately I have been unable to shake it...
Any advice would be fantastic!


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Re: Need help to stop smoking. - September 5th 2015, 10:15 AM

Hey there! I, too started smoking as a way of coping, but ended up quitting when I became pregnant with my daughter! I'm proud to say it's been awhile since I've smoked! I found it's easier to quit when others around you don't smoke in front of you. When I quit, I just stopped. I didn't try cutting down first (but that may be something for you to consider.) If I noticed my Dad smoke, it would make me 'crave' one as well.

Same thing goes with movies/tv shows. If I kept my mind busy and stayed focused, I wouldn't have the urge, but if I noticed someone in a movie smoke, in-turn, I would 'crave' it. I would suggest that if anyone around you smokes, to ask them not to do it around you. Explain to them that you wish to quit, and seeing them smoke makes it harder for you.

You can also try chewing gum or hard candies when you get the urge. If you have a piece of gum or a hard candy in your mouth, the urge to smoke is less intense. If you stay really focused on wanting to quit, and you don't give in, you'll have kicked the habit before you know it! Just keep your hands busy, and stay focused. You can do this!


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Re: Need help to stop smoking. - September 5th 2015, 06:59 PM

Hey, Karlee!

First off, I'm happy to hear you're doing so well and that you're also trying to stop smoking.

Do you have particular reasons for quitting smoking? What may help is to make a list of reasons why you want to quit so that when you're faced with urges to smoke, you can look at the list and remind yourself of all the reasons you quit in the first place. Hopefully that will motivate you to resist the urges. Chewing gum and keeping candy in your pocket to keep your hands and teeth busy might help with urges to smoke as well. If any room or place in your house smells like cigarettes then it might be a great idea to clean your house. Remove any ashtrays, spray air fresheners and maybe light scented candles to clear out any familiar scent of cigarettes.

What made you turn to smoking in the first place? It might be helpful if you were to put a healthier coping mechanism(s) in place of cigarettes in situations where you would normally resort to smoking. For example, if you feel stressed out, do something else relaxing instead. Such as taking a bubble bath, going for a walk, doing yoga etc. Or if something in particular is bothering you then you could write it down to get it off your chest or talk to someone about it. On that note, perhaps you could keep a journal throughout your journey of quitting smoking? You might find it therapeutic to write down your accomplishments and to write thoughts/feelings down when you're struggling.

As Ade said, if anyone around you smokes then it might be a good idea to politely ask them not to smoke around you so that you don't end up craving it again upon smelling/seeing another person smoke. On that note, is there anyone in your life that is also trying to smoke or will be supportive in helping you quit? Maybe it would help to quit smoking with someone or at least talk to someone when you feel like smoking for some encouragement and support.

I wish you the best of luck in quitting. Even if you relapse, don't let that discourage you from trying again, Karlee. You can do this! Stay strong.
   
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