Some practical questions about quitting smoking.
May 25, 2012 11:08 AM Subscribe
Need some advice and strategies for quitting smoking, with a couple of other specific practical questions (including how to manage it as a couple).
posted by mireille to health & fitness (17 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
My husband and I have each smoked for about 20 years (we're not especially old, we just started young). We're both ready to be done with it; we just don't want to be smokers anymore. It's not that we don't like smoking, it's that it's bad and expensive and we don't feel great and we don't like being tied to something and I (at least) am tired of trying (and failing) to mask smelling like it. We each smoke about 3/4 of a pack each day, sometimes more.
I've been through the other quitting smoking questions and they've been quite helpful-- I'm planning to do this using Champix (provided that it isn't a problem with my current medications) and I might pick up that Allen Carr book. But I'm concerned about a couple of things and could use some practical advice. I would really, really like to only do this once.
1. Do you have any advice for a couple quitting smoking together? How can we best deal with two irritable people in the same household, each dealing with cravings, especially in the first couple of days/weeks? We work together and share an office too.
2. Our intended quit date is July 15th. In the last week of August I have to take a trip that is going to be the most stressful* thing I'll have done in recent years. Is taking this on 6 weeks after quitting going to be a terrible timeframe? I would really like to not be a smoker for this trip, but I'd be stupid not to acknowledge that in some ways it's going to be emotionally difficult. I skew towards rather easily irritable in general, and I'm concerned that I won't be able to hide it and that I'll be miserable to be around on this trip.
3. In terms of functioning on a professional level, is there a best day of the week to quit? I'm thinking that if we quit on a Friday night (say, July 13th), then we have Saturday and Sunday to be the most miserable-- at home, rather than at work around our employees and customers (as well as not having to deal with some of the daily frustrations of work). Is this logical or does it really not matter?
4. (Meta-question) Is the fact that it makes me nervous to write and post this question at all an indicator that I'm not ready? I'd really like to not be a smoker, like I said, but I know you have to truly want to not smoke anymore in order for it to work. I know that I don't want to be a smoker anymore, but is this kind of nervousness (in that writing about it makes it more real) normal for someone wanting to quit, or is it an indicator that I have to want it even more?
Would also love to hear any best practices for dealing with the habit part of the cravings (which I suspect will be the most difficult part for me, as I use smoking as "punctuation" throughout my day). Words of encouragement welcome as well.
*I will soon be five years clean from alcohol, cocaine, speed, benzos, and opiates. In August I'll be returning to the city where I used (for 14 years) for the first time since I've been clean. Compound that with close quarters with family members and it's going to be a bit challenging.