... that I am so used to. Like taking a break at work to smoke or smoking after eating. Anyone have any suggestions on how to overcome the habit more than the craving? Like what do you do to replace going out to the smoke area at work for a break or what do you do after you eat?
Don't laugh, this really worked for me - DumDum Lollipops! I enjoyed the habit of smoking, putting the cigarette up to my mouth. When I was quitting, after I got through the nicotine withdrawal part, I still missed the "act of smoking". So I bought a big bag of dum dums at the grocery store and put one in my mouth every time I want to smoke, holding the stick and rolling the lollipop around inside my mouth. This really helped to alleviate the feeling of just quitting the "habit", or ritual, of smoking. Do it as long as you feel the need to hold a cigarette up to your mouth. This helped me more than anything else I tried to quit smoking. And take deep breaths from time to time throughout the day. Let me know if it helps you as much as it helped me!
Good luck! "G"
Ive been on chantix for 2 weeks. Yesterday was my quit day. It's been rough. Not as bad as it would be without chantix though. The ritual of smoking is the hardest. Here's what Ivery done and found really helpful.
Slow deep breath in through the nose, out through the mouth when I'm craving.
Staying busy all the time. It helps me forget the urge.
Best method: Cut a straw to the size of a cigarette and puff on it. Learned this from an elderly Lady at a nursing home I volunteered at. Works miracle.
Good luck! DON'T GIVE IN!
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