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Quit 160 days ago
Tonight im done. I have tried so many times before over the years and i feel i am ready. Any tips for help with cravings would be appreciated. 
Last reply: September 12, 2019 @ 3:50 pm
  • Green Meenie
    Quit 1,123 days ago
    September 12, 2019 @ 12:06 am
    Change up your daily routine a little where you can. Example, if you used to get up, have a coffee/tea and a smoke first thing, jump in the shower instead right away. If you drive to work and used to smoke in your car, change up the radio station or CD's you listen to while driving. Just make little changes to things. It will help keep your mind focused on what you're doing rather then thinking about having a smoke. Stay positive. Rather than dwelling on the challenges of quitting, focus on the benefits you'll be receiving. $$ savings, better health and you won't smell like a stinky ashtray to others anymore. There's lots of positive things that will be happening when you quit!
    Remember, a craving to smoke is just a thought; it's not a command to take action. Push those thoughts of smoking out of your head by delaying any action to smoke. Those thoughts will diminish in intensity and frequency the longer you stay smoke free. It works the same for all of us.
  • Lucille Brown
    Quit 1,450 days ago
    September 12, 2019 @ 6:33 am
    For cravings, take deep breaths, count to five or ten and exhale.  Do this until the craving passes and say NOPE (Not One Puff Ever) to yourself several times a day.  All the best, Lucille.
  • F
    Quit 155 days ago
    September 12, 2019 @ 9:50 am
    I really like the reminder that "a craving is just a thought, it's not a command to take action". That's important. I'm still working on adjusting my thinking, but I recall the last time I had a lot of success with becoming a non-smoker, I had this epiphany. "I don't HAVE to smoke". Amazing how much of my thinking was so automatic and incorrect. 
  • DianneE
    Quit 505 days ago
    September 12, 2019 @ 3:50 pm
    Hi MK,
    Try using one or all of the 5 D's for when cravings hit.  Delay, distract, deep breaths, drink water and discuss.  I found taking a brisk 5 minute walk helped with the cravings.  Welcome and good luck!