Originally Posted by Julianne
I am going to get started on my list
I think I mainly smoke due to boredom.
Does anyone have any tips on how to keep you hand occupied, after you have given up? (I know this sounds silly, but I always feel that my hand should be doing something - I think it misses holding a cigarette
I will go cold turkey again, but I will also keep some NRT chewing gum on standby. The last time I did not have severe withdrawal symptoms, and could distract myself easily when the urge hit - but I am worried it wont be that 'easy' this time.
Yes, the dreaded boredom..... I know that is what will get me. I am bored now because of the limited use of my hands, once I have the surgery my one hand will totally be useless for a couple weeks.... I have no doubt that the boredom will be even worse
I have NRT on hand as well. I bought the lozenges a couple months ago because they were on sale and I wanted to cut down smoking. I did have a problem with them though. You're supposed to suck and cheek them for 30 mins... no prob there.... I got the smallest dose, but I had one and it made me very jittery. My hubby suggested not sucking it as long because maybe it is too strong for me.... so I'm going to try that if I need to, and only use it for 10mins or so instead of the half hour.
Things I've done in the past or plan on doing to keep myself occupied:
- keep a bowl of cut up carrots and celery in the fridge.... Good healthy not fattening snack. I cut up the carrots into bite sized pieces, to give me the snacking effect. I know its not good to substitute food for smoking which is why I do carrots and celery.
- take up a hand craft. I like to cross stich and colour with crayons. Keeps my hands busy. (again something I can't do right now, but hopefully after surgery I will be able to get back into it.... I can colour for a little while.) I know colouring seems childish, but it does work. It keeps my concentration (cuz I want to stay in the lines) and occupies my time... if my hands would allow it, I'd colour for hours LOL.
- play with a pencil or a straw.... the straw you can make things with, or even suck on it when need be.
- post on here...email...facebook....IM's.... typing keeps you occupied... especially if you are talking about something in depth.
- do your nails. Even if you bite them, you can still take a nail file to smooth them out, cut your cuticles, etc. Paint them... do your toenails....
- stress balls. Grab a couple from the dollar store.... something to fidget with.
- playdoh, silly putty, exercise putty.... you can make stuff out of it, and strengthen your hands as well. (I have exercise putty from when I had carpal tunnel....which no doubt I will be using again after surgery)
- play cards.... if you have noone to play with, play solitare or make card pyramids, etc.
- write.... write a journal, write a to do list, grocery list, keep a quit smoking journal... write whatever you want, or doodle.
Those are just some of the ideas I've come up with so far.
Originally Posted by lil maggie
I don't have a spouse or kids and usually around people that smoke. I do smoke in my house and so do my friends and mom. I open the windows and turn on the attic fan that draws the smoke out but I know that's not nearly enough
. I worry about my animals breathing nasty smoke
and try not to smoke near them. I know the smoke is still in the house
I lost my job before Christmas and have been looking for one since. Geez, jobs are so hard to find and it's so stressful.You'd think I'd give up ciggs because of the cost but to me, they're a evil neccessity. I also dislike hearing people say "why don't you quit smoking?" D'oh! Wish I'd thought of that! THAT makes me want to light up a cigarette!
I've been making a list of the ciggs I smoke - why/when and I will start smoking only outside as you suggested
. Good thinking, THANKS!
I smoke way more when I'm around other smokers. One of my close friends smokes like a chimney. I've talked to him and he understands that I won't be coming over for a couple weeks. We'll have to go do coffee at the coffee shop instead of over in his garage where he smokes.
Smoking is a coping mechanism... and yup, looking for a job is hard. I don't fault you one bit for smoking... it is a stress release. It's going to be very hard to quit for you. One way to look at it though, even if you don't choose to try to quit, but cut down..... you will save money that way
At one point when I was smoking alot more than I do now, just by going outside to smoke and charting my cigs, I was able to cut down to 3-5 a day... which is way better than 30/day for me.... saved money too.
I bolded a couple statements you made. You know that the smoking in the house is not good for you, others, or your pets
Use that to your advantage. When you think about lighting up in the house, try to think about what you said above, and use it as your strength to smoke outside.
I "think" you'll find that you smoke less if you have to go outside. It does take some effort especially in the cold yucky weather. I know there's been times that I look outside and think that I really don't need that cigarette as bad as I thought (because its cold and yucky out).
You also don't waste as much, which will save money too.... because you're not lighting and then forgetting about it.
I sometimes smoke 1/2 at a time.... I have one of those little square block thingies that you put your smoke in and it puts it out. Next time I go out, I smoke the rest of it. I don't always need a full cigarette.
EDIT: I just reread that your mom and friends smoke in your house. Will they be willing to smoke outside? I hope so, it is your house right? If its not, that may be an issue... I would HOPE that they would support your decision. It's going to be a big change, but smoking outside, I KNOW you can do.
I wanted to say a HUGE thankyou to the ones wanting to quit, posting, etc.
Support is a huge nessecity. You guys are awesome.