06 Nov 2018
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Hi Yukonmurphy. You have made a wise decision and have come to a good site for support and quitting techniques.
I am an advocate of the cold turkey or rather educated cold turkey quit, aka Smart Turkey. I had a very easy quit compared to most, primarily due to my mindset. You can read post i have made to learn about more in that regard. A quit is a quit, no matter how, but personally i like to jump into cold water and get it overwith, not wade in and endure suffering. Don't let that scare you... quitting is an easy as you make it. I just learned a few new things to make your escape from nicotine easier by minimizing the withdrawl which can be over in 3 days, but if you have read posts you will have learned that it is the acceptance of being a non-smoker that makes the journey to freedom much faster and easier.
When you first quit, cut your caffeine by half..... nicotine used to diminish its effect, so unless you cut back you may mistake the jitters as a withdrawl symptom
Also make sure you eat breakfast, which many smokers, like myself used to skip. This keeps blood sugar levels stable , and your sense of well being
Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated... this will help flush nicotine and other toxins from your system.
There are lots of videos on You tube. Educate yourself, think positive , use the 4 D;s, the support system, and all the tools you can.
If you are using NRT, take the time to make any cigarettes you are still using unenjoyable as possible. Your mission is to hate the cigarette for hi=jacking your brain and making you an addict. Yes it seems harsh, but facing reality makes the quit easier.
You are here to become a non-smoker, start living as one right away, while you learn how nasty your little so called friend the cigarette did nothing ever, but tried to make you believe you needed it. If on NRT use them while you learn how to embrace your new life as a non-smoker.. They are to aid you with the transition, not to become dependent on.
Many have quit before us, you can become a Happy Non-Smoker like I have with the right knowledge and positive thinking.