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My Top Techniques that assisted me get to 15 months quit

Posted in Hints and tips 14 Apr 2018

I have compiled a list of the top things that have helped me get to the point I am at now (over 15 months quit). Please keep in mind the quit process is different for everyone but I believe there are certain techniques listed below that will help most quitters:

1) Read and be open to the concept of Allan Carr's "Easy Way to Quit Smoking" The foundation for Allan also gives live seminars in certain cities. There are also audio versions of the book available.

2) Start thinking like a non-smoker. Make it something you don't want, not something you can't have.

3) Join a telephone or internet support group (such as icanquit)

4) Make quitting smoking a TOP priority. Nothing else takes precedence over quitting. Avoid situations and people that trigger and do not support your quit.

5) Ensure you are getting your recommended daily intake of water. Water is good for the body in so many different ways.

6) Ensure you are eating regular meals and don't allow yourself to go hungry for too long. I found my cravings increased if I was hungry.

7) Ensure you are getting your recommended amount of sleep.

8) Walk, exercise. I have read and been told by Doctors that cigarettes act similar to an anti-depressant by people with mental issues. I have also been told that a half hour / day of exercise that raises your heart rate is equivalent to an anti-depressant.

9) in beginning (first 2 months) give yourself small rewards. These small rewards are extremely important. Having recent exposure and therefor having a recent memory makes it that much more motivational for the beginning of your quit. Big rewards are also important to look forward to, but do not have the same effect as being able to be exposed to them in the beginning of your quit journey. Examples of small rewards that I found helpful were: 1) Going to a restaurant once a week and ordering anything and everything I wanted without considering the price. 2) Massage Therapy, reflexology, acupuncture 3) Taking the time and spending money to utilize a steam room/Sauna.

10) Quit smoking app for your smart phone that tracks money saved, cigarettes not smokes, # of days not smoking and extra life days gained.

11) Introduce new distractions that give you joy and take up the extra time you have (the average smoker spend an hour and a half a day smoking cigarettes!). Some examples would be juicing (vegetables) or starting to use essential oils (such as lavender) in a diffuser.

12) To deal with anxiety you may experience at the beginning of your quit, develop a routine you will go through before giving in to having a cigarette. An example might be: 1) Review reasons you don't want to smoke (2 mins), 2) have a shower (5 mins), read and post on icanquit. I only had to get to the point of showering twice in my quit and after showering my craving was no longer an issue.

I used to believe I would smoke until I died. I thought there was no way in the world I would be able to quit. Just thinking about quitting 2 years ago made me light up another (or 2 or three) cigarette(s)!. Implementing the above tricks has been the key to my quit. Good luck to all the quitters!

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  • CakeLady August 24, 2018 | 11:13
    I've been listening to Allen Carr also. My quit date is Sept.3...wish me luck🍀😀
  • Webbquit June 03, 2018 | 11:06
    I should get the book it's expensive but probably worth it. I am watching alot of Allen carr's video's on youtube really helps.
  • OrangeRose May 17, 2018 | 2:43
    Thanks for sharing what has helped you overcome the cravings. I will use them, especially the walking and showering. I pray for strength to be done with this. I look forward to being quit for 17 months. So proud of you !
  • NotThisTime May 09, 2018 | 20:03
    Hi Hamlet,

    During the first few weeks of your quit, pamper yourself! Even if you spend MORE than you would on cigarettes, consider it as an investment. I might have spent an extra $500.00 over the period of the first 3 months, but I have recouped this amount several times over after being quit for close to 17 months. Good luck and remember, there are many members on this site that are here to support you and answer any questions/concerns you may have.
  • Hamlet May 09, 2018 | 13:39
    Thank you, some good tips there. My quit day is Saturday 12/5 and I'm looking forward to using the first weeks savings for a beautiful restaurant meal.
  • kerry60 May 03, 2018 | 12:43
    I look forward to being a non smoker thank you everyone it makes it a little easier just reading peoples comments and hints
  • Safe2017 April 16, 2018 | 16:28
    Hi NotThisTime,
    Chewing gum helped me a lot. I still can't believe how addictive cigs are. Just like you I couldn't believe I'd ever stop but I did and so so happy. Good luck.
  • NotThisTime April 15, 2018 | 22:21
    Hi WeeWillem,

    You were not alone, fear is what was and is preventing most smokers from quitting. They fear they are giving something up. After reading Easy Way to Quit Smoking, fear is no longer a factor. All perceived benefits of smoking are challenged and proven to be illusions from being brainwashed. Hopefully many people read these posts and it hits home there really is nothing to fear and everything to gain.
  • weewillem April 15, 2018 | 21:57
    Thanks NOT THIS TIME for your hints, they make good sense. I wish I had quit 40 years ago, the only thing stopping me was fear.

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