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 Give me some motivation to give up smoking please!?
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 Any useful tips for givin up smoking?

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I am quitting smoking - please help me find a way to avoid the cravings?
It's my fifth day and I'm struggling now. Please help me think of a way to avoid the cravings.

when a friend of mine gave up she spent a lot of time drawing. it helped keep her hands busy and she became so immersed by her artwork it distracted her too. but i suppose she was quitting just after she left school, so she didnt have a job or school to take up her time! if you have a certain time you smoke then try to establish a routine where those times are the busiest, so you are distracted and dont have time! but try not to let it become so busy it's stressful, or it wont really help! good luck!

honey lugs
You probably won't avoid the cravings, you'll have to work through them. They only last for a few seconds and you only have to say no. It's not easy but you can do it, I know you can.
I gave up two and a half years ago after smoking since teenage, (am nearly 51) and had been smoking 30 a day. If I can do it you can.

divert your mind. every time it comes on, climb up the stairs, or do a cartwheel, especially if your in the town centre. or touch your toes. do something you wouldnt normally do.

Best of luck

Get a small notebook and every time you feel you need a cigarette draw a line in it.Just a simple single line. Sound silly? Take the book everywhere with you. When you look back at it when you are craving less and less, you will feel so proud that you craved all those times and never had a cigarette.x

when i got the cravings i ate foxes glacier mints and did word searches. Ive been stopped 19 months now

I'm using patches myself, which halts the "need" for a smoke very well, but it sounds to me like you've gone "cold turkey", and if you've been 5 days without any Nicotine at all, seems silly to re-introduce it into your system now.

Distraction is probably the best thing to do, something to take your mind off it. Also, when you get a craving, just remind yyourself just how disgusting smoking is, and why you've quit - I've started to notice how much my colleagues stink when they come back from a smoke, it's even worse with the girls here, as stale ciggy smoke and perfume is pretty unpleasant, and it's a shame to have these pretty girls reeking like a working mens club!

However, I think that having a dialogue with people on Answers about your cravings, when you need to distract yourself fom it probably isn't going to help - it'll just remind you that you've got cravings everytime you look at the responses- viscous circle if you like!

Congrats on making it to the fifth day - that's a real achievement, you're on your way!!

Melanie D
EFT works really quickly and easily to overcome addictions. You could find a practitioner in your area, or learn to do the technique yourself from a free manual available from www.emofree.com. The DVDs are even better and very cheap.

Initially I gradually cut down the amount I smoked until I finally stopped smoking totally. During that time I found new cravings. Playing sports, going gym, chewing gum, biting my nails, I did it all basically I did anything that can make you forget about having a cigarette. Nicorette patches helped also.

Barry B
The gum, patches all work to stop some of the cravings, but bear in mind that some of the cravings are habit/mental. When I stopped smoking, I found doing Sudoku puzzles or jigsaw puzzles took my mind off the craving and kept my hands busy at the same time.

Darth Emiras
I'm on day 8 of not smoking myself.
I've got this far by coming onto Yahoo Answers and asking questions as well as posting smart **** answers lol.
That I've taken to eating more and chewing gum,

Was even in the pub last Thursday night and managed not to smoke, was rather impressed with myself.

I tend to start and stop smoking, the first 2 weeks are the worse until I reach the 3-4 month mark and start carving again.
That I can't seem to overcome but I'm working on it.

Jason H
U need to find something that occupies the time u used to smoke in, smoking is nothing but psychological, u do it cos u a re ultimately bored. start something else like bouncing a ball against a wall, ask for more work to do, jus keep your mind busy and away from temptation

"QUIT SMOKING"- Easy said than done. Well done.. u r already doing it. You get Nicotine patches that are quite useful controlling the craving. Quite easy to use as well. You will have to use it only once in a day. It can hide under your clothes and gives privacy. It is better to use them under doctors advise/ supervision.
Good luck.

C Greene
A lot of answers, good luck picking the best!!!

Well done you, I'm on day 8 now & I've been using patches. When I get a craving I do a puzzle from a magazine or sip water. My flat is sparkling clean as I've been keeping myself busy with house work!!!

Good luck & keep up the good work

Try adding some Ginger to boiled water and adding Cinnamon to your deserts if you like spicy foods you are on to a winner! But most importantly BE STRONG! Good luck may I add I have been an ex smoker for 4 healthy years! If you would like to know more on how I conquered it you are welcome to drop me an email.

when you think you want one just take a deep breath and smell how clean the air is, i have been off the cigs 7 weeks now after 22 years so hang on in there.good luck its worth it.

chew loads of ordinary gum And/Or buy a big tub of sugar-free lolli-pops! Tried and proven method and its cheaper than nicorette

I'm using a Nicotine inhalator, its quite effective.

take deep breaths....

get some sugar free chewing gum....

or some hard candy...

or do what i did and put a rubber band around your wrist and everytime you have a craving, lift it up and snap it. sounds stupid but if you do it enough it works.

I gave up four months ago - you have to be careful not to put on weight, I have put a little on, but suppose I am lucky I didn't really have any cravings.

Try to focus on something other than ciggies I know it is hard, but will be worth it in the end.

Please don't pick between meals.

kerry j
there's a book called "Allan Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking" I def recommend it - it's the best thing that will stop u smoking - and for good too.

Barbie Girl
Hi - I quit 4 weeks ago and have never worked so hard in my life! Seriously, Im finding concentrating on work - like really throwing myself into it - is distracting me during the day, then in the eves Ive got my card making hobby so that keeps me going. By the time I go to bed, Im like 'wow, Ive gone another day'!! Key to success - distraction!! And willpower, obviously. Good luck!xx

oh its del
sip water when u have a craving & its good to drink lots of water,

chewing gum,you dont need to buy the nictoine type just any will do and water
the chewing gum takes ur mind off smoking and the same as the water
but chewing gum works better

you have brocken the camels back
if you can go 5 days you can go 6 and so on its not easy but with willpower you can master it just DONT GIVE UP

Ruthie Baby
have a walk
take up a handcraft - keep your hands busy.
do you paint or draw?
dont drink coffee - sip water
chew gum if you need to - though that can be yucky its not as bad as giving in.
nibble on dried fruit
dont make chatty phonecalls if that will make you have cravings.
you are nearly there! - just a few more days and it WILL get better
go shopping - buy yourself a reward
go to the movies - if they are non-smoking like they are here.
remind yourself how well you have done
stay strong!

David W
Quitting smoking is a great opportunity to learn about ourselves.
Congratulate yourself on having the desire to stop - then you are over the worst, but still need to maintain your resolve. It's just so easy to start thinking that just one won't hurt, but it does. Just one achieves nothing except feeling the need for another. Whatever you do, don't have just one. Beware - alcohol will weaken your resolve.
Here's a few home-brewed tips that might be useful.
It's not just Nicotine addiction - there are 50+ chemicals in cigarettes. Also the main problem is habit.
We have been used to having body sensations which we translate as 'my body needs something', which we have attempted to satisfy by having a cigarette.
When we try to stop smoking, we still get these 'my body needs something' sensations, and we still feel that we want a cigarette. We have to train our body to be more selective. When we feel we need something, we have to work out what it is that we actually need.
A glass of water is an excellent substitute if nothing else comes to mind, as it helps with the clearance of the toxic substances in our body. Another good substitute is a bag of salted peanuts, used in combination with the water.
Another thing to do is to find an activity which occupies the mind or body. Go swimming - nobody wants to smoke while they are swimming. Slowly, as our body adjusts and translates the 'want something' feelings into something other than cigarettes, then the feelings begin to go away. We know its not a cigarette that the body really needs, because as soon as we've had one we still have the feeling, and want another!
We will have a few bouts of feeling or even being short tempered. We must try to bite our lip, and control; ourselves. Recognise the short temper as being the removal of toxins which are trying to find a way out. They went in through the mouth, and they try to get out that way to. We must learn to keep our mouth closed, and force the toxins out the other way.

After we have stopped for a while we will begin to feel that just one wont to any harm.
All that leads to is a desire for just another one. We must guard very strongly against the desire to have just one.

i found the easiest way was to keep my fingers and mind occupied. whether you go for a walk/run, go shopping to the supermarket. i found reading magazines and books was extremely good for keeping me occupied. it does get easier and try not to give in because, it's not worth it after all this effort you have already put in. Your doing a great job, think of how much better your body is already. YOU CAN DO IT!!!

good luck and try try try not to think about it. occupying yourself is the best remedy

well done you, these are your toughest days and the bad cravings should start to ease after a week, i chewed gum

Don't give in to them! I found it helped me get through by telling myself that I could smoke as many as I wanted tomorrow and that I just had to get through today. When tomorrow came I would say the same thing. It was really hard to start with and so tempting to just have a cigarette, but after a few weeks the cravings had gone completely.

I found that counting days, then weeks and finally months gave me a mental milestone to say I'd reached. I have not smoked for 16 months now, but I still tell myself that I can have another cigarette 'another day' if I really want one.

I know it's dreadful at the moment but if you stick with it it will be worth it. Just one little piece of advice that you can ignore if you like...try not to replace gigs with food or alcohol. I did this to start with and put on over 14lbs! I've lost it again now, but if someone had told me that advice 16 months ago I'd have been grateful!

Good luck!

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