Hi everyone! I have smoked for about 4 years and have tried to quit several times over the last year with no luck. Yesterday I started using the patch and it has helped with the cravings but I still find myself thinking about it or out of habit go to get a cigarette. The hardest time for me is when I'm home watching TV so when I get the urge I try to get up and do something to take my mind off it.
I look forward to all your support through this tough time.
Hi Michele: Good for you for becoming a quitter. I wish you much success. The patches didn't work for me. That may be a misstatement, actually. Maybe I just didn't let them work for me. I'm on Chantix and - for me - it's a wonder drug....have been smoke free for 2 months.
Welcome to the Board. Keep us posted on your progress. Good Luck!!
Lots of people here have been successful using the patch.
You recognized that you needed to quit smoking and are doing something about it. Congratulations for having the willpower to do that.
Someone on this board said they always smoked while watching tv. Now they work puzzles while watching tv. Gives them something to do with their hands.
There is a web site that might be of help to you. smokefree.gov
It has lots of very good information to help you stop smoking.
You need to find you some new habits. When I first stopped, after supper, I would go lay down on the couch instead of going outside to smoke.
Now that it is warming up some, I usually go take a walk after supper.
If you have a flower garden, go outside and look at your flowers.
Leaving the situation is a very good way to deal with the urges/cravings.
Keep busy. Keep your hands busy.
The cravings will pass!!
Good Luck to you!! Please keep us posted as to your progress.
CONGRATS on becoming a quitter!!!!!
It's a tough road, but so rewarding. My friend quit using the patch and she is 2 years quit - so have faith. Keep busy, drink lots of water, and try and exercise. Small doses of chocolate are also encouraged
stay strong and you'll do great!
WAY TO GO!! Keep doing it. You're gonna make it. I know it's hard!!!!!
Believe me!!! It was one of the hardest things I have ever done. But the reward is so worth it.
Try to keep busy!! Keep telling yourself that Smoking is no longer an option.
That phrase got me through some pretty rough spots.
Take deep breaths. Draw it in slowly and let it out slowly.