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Re: General Discussion - 2020
« Reply #216 on: September 15, 2020, 10:54:50 AM »
So, with my current job, I work nights for 2 weeks out of every 5.(1830-0700)  I have gotten to the 2-3 week mark in my quit 3 other times in the last year.  Each one was snuffed out by the dreaded night shift cravings.  I can't dip at work, and stay busy, but the days off on my night shifts are the absolute biggest trigger for me.  I originally started dipping as a way to cope with having to sit at a desk and study for hours on end, so that is my trigger.  On day shift, I can get up and go for a walk, go home and see my family, or whatever to get away from my desk.  Night shift. Not so much. I have a roommate that works a normal schedule, and the city has a curfew, so I need some other ideas for coping at 4 am when I've been locked in a room for 8 hours.

Trying to get 10 ideas:

1.Anything physical: push-ups,  sit ups, etc (just to add to Franx, here's a great website for exercise ideas.
2. Pray or meditate. If you're at the 2-3 week mark, it's a mind game at this point. Focus your mind.
3. break it down to small chunks of time with a reward. I used 1 gummy bear for every 30 minutes. Eventually the urge left.
4. Hold your breath for 15 minutes or until you can't hold it anymore.
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Re: General Discussion - 2020
« Reply #215 on: September 13, 2020, 06:51:17 PM »
So, with my current job, I work nights for 2 weeks out of every 5.(1830-0700)  I have gotten to the 2-3 week mark in my quit 3 other times in the last year.  Each one was snuffed out by the dreaded night shift cravings.  I can't dip at work, and stay busy, but the days off on my night shifts are the absolute biggest trigger for me.  I originally started dipping as a way to cope with having to sit at a desk and study for hours on end, so that is my trigger.  On day shift, I can get up and go for a walk, go home and see my family, or whatever to get away from my desk.  Night shift. Not so much. I have a roommate that works a normal schedule, and the city has a curfew, so I need some other ideas for coping at 4 am when I've been locked in a room for 8 hours.

Trying to get 10 ideas:

1.Anything physical: push-ups,  sit ups, etc (just to add to Franx, here's a great website for exercise ideas.
2. Pray or meditate. If you're at the 2-3 week mark, it's a mind game at this point. Focus your mind.
3. break it down to small chunks of time with a reward. I used 1 gummy bear for every 30 minutes. Eventually the urge left.
4. Hold your breath for 15 minutes or until you can't hold it anymore.
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Re: General Discussion - 2020
« Reply #214 on: September 13, 2020, 05:03:36 PM »
Anxiety is through the roof, I had anxiety previously and was on Lexapro 20mg now been increased to 30mg for 5 days. I quit because I had a pulmonary embolism 5 weeks ago, lucky I survived which is anxiety inducing as well. Any tips would be appreciated.

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Re: General Discussion - 2020
« Reply #213 on: September 12, 2020, 05:06:28 PM »
So, with my current job, I work nights for 2 weeks out of every 5.(1830-0700)  I have gotten to the 2-3 week mark in my quit 3 other times in the last year.  Each one was snuffed out by the dreaded night shift cravings.  I can't dip at work, and stay busy, but the days off on my night shifts are the absolute biggest trigger for me.  I originally started dipping as a way to cope with having to sit at a desk and study for hours on end, so that is my trigger.  On day shift, I can get up and go for a walk, go home and see my family, or whatever to get away from my desk.  Night shift. Not so much. I have a roommate that works a normal schedule, and the city has a curfew, so I need some other ideas for coping at 4 am when I've been locked in a room for 8 hours.

Trying to get 10 ideas:

1.Anything physical: push-ups,  sit ups, etc (just to add to Franx, here's a great website for exercise ideas.
2. Pray or meditate. If you're at the 2-3 week mark, it's a mind game at this point. Focus your mind.
3. break it down to small chunks of time with a reward. I used 1 gummy bear for every 30 minutes. Eventually the urge left.
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Re: General Discussion - 2020
« Reply #212 on: September 12, 2020, 09:23:06 AM »
So, with my current job, I work nights for 2 weeks out of every 5.(1830-0700)  I have gotten to the 2-3 week mark in my quit 3 other times in the last year.  Each one was snuffed out by the dreaded night shift cravings.  I can't dip at work, and stay busy, but the days off on my night shifts are the absolute biggest trigger for me.  I originally started dipping as a way to cope with having to sit at a desk and study for hours on end, so that is my trigger.  On day shift, I can get up and go for a walk, go home and see my family, or whatever to get away from my desk.  Night shift. Not so much. I have a roommate that works a normal schedule, and the city has a curfew, so I need some other ideas for coping at 4 am when I've been locked in a room for 8 hours.

Trying to get 10 ideas:

1.Anything physical: push-ups,  sit ups, etc (just to add to Franx, here's a great website for exercise ideas.
2. Pray or meditate. If you're at the 2-3 week mark, it's a mind game at this point. Focus your mind.
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Re: General Discussion - 2020
« Reply #211 on: September 12, 2020, 09:13:27 AM »
So, with my current job, I work nights for 2 weeks out of every 5.(1830-0700)  I have gotten to the 2-3 week mark in my quit 3 other times in the last year.  Each one was snuffed out by the dreaded night shift cravings.  I can't dip at work, and stay busy, but the days off on my night shifts are the absolute biggest trigger for me.  I originally started dipping as a way to cope with having to sit at a desk and study for hours on end, so that is my trigger.  On day shift, I can get up and go for a walk, go home and see my family, or whatever to get away from my desk.  Night shift. Not so much. I have a roommate that works a normal schedule, and the city has a curfew, so I need some other ideas for coping at 4 am when I've been locked in a room for 8 hours.

Trying to get 10 ideas:

1.Anything physical: push-ups,  sit ups, etc
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Re: General Discussion - 2020
« Reply #210 on: September 11, 2020, 01:09:12 PM »
So, with my current job, I work nights for 2 weeks out of every 5.(1830-0700)  I have gotten to the 2-3 week mark in my quit 3 other times in the last year.  Each one was snuffed out by the dreaded night shift cravings.  I can't dip at work, and stay busy, but the days off on my night shifts are the absolute biggest trigger for me.  I originally started dipping as a way to cope with having to sit at a desk and study for hours on end, so that is my trigger.  On day shift, I can get up and go for a walk, go home and see my family, or whatever to get away from my desk.  Night shift. Not so much. I have a roommate that works a normal schedule, and the city has a curfew, so I need some other ideas for coping at 4 am when I've been locked in a room for 8 hours.

Trying to get 10 ideas:

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Re: General Discussion - 2020
« Reply #209 on: September 11, 2020, 09:15:56 AM »
First off Happy Birthday Freddi and belated one Nuke.
Today (5) has been...well, "Meh" describes it perfectly. Work was busy this morning and only had a couple of urges. This afternoon has been slow, so I've been bothered alot. As for what I've learned today, it's this. Learn to recognize the urges or nic-fits early. If you ignore them and allow them to go, you'll struggle harder. I've discovered that at least for myself, if I catch them when they are coming on, I can go for a walk , or step outside and breathe some aire, whatever, but it takes much less effort than if I ignore it and struggle with the craving. Letting the craving grow, it becomes more powerful, lasts longer and seems harder to "shut down". I'd be curious to see if anyone else has this experience?
I actually had my first craving in several days, yesterday. I was at my desk (which is a trigger) on my day off, it was hot and stuffy inside and gloomy outside. I started to get a slight craving and got some water and some gum, and then the headache came. I finally decided to go outside and take a nice long walk. Completely refreshed me.
Came home and opened the windows to get some sunlight and air and was good to go.

So anyway, you are absolutely right. Take care of the craving early if you can and holy cow fresh air and just a simple walk to clear your head does wonders.

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Re: General Discussion - 2020
« Reply #208 on: September 10, 2020, 03:22:11 PM »
First off Happy Birthday Freddi and belated one Nuke.
Today (5) has been...well, "Meh" describes it perfectly. Work was busy this morning and only had a couple of urges. This afternoon has been slow, so I've been bothered alot. As for what I've learned today, it's this. Learn to recognize the urges or nic-fits early. If you ignore them and allow them to go, you'll struggle harder. I've discovered that at least for myself, if I catch them when they are coming on, I can go for a walk , or step outside and breathe some aire, whatever, but it takes much less effort than if I ignore it and struggle with the craving. Letting the craving grow, it becomes more powerful, lasts longer and seems harder to "shut down". I'd be curious to see if anyone else has this experience?

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Re: General Discussion - 2020
« Reply #207 on: September 10, 2020, 09:15:32 AM »
Today was a little better. Had a few bouts but nothing terrible. Funny thing about the cinnamon gum. I had just read that it seems to mimic the sensation of nicotine the most and works. Maybe the burn of cinnamon is close to the tingle of nicotine? Idk but it was a lifesaver.
Definitely out of the fog now and know I can do this. Just hoping I’ll remember that later. But as we say, I just need to quit today. I’m not going to worry about tomorrow. Anyway, I’m kind of liking this daily journal I’m doing in here. It’s helping me address and organize all the emotions and feelings. Hopefully it will help me be prepared. And, who knows, maybe it will help someone else down the road. I also love the support and feedback from it. I’ll keep doing it until someone makes me stop. See y’all at roll call tomorrow, gents.

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Re: General Discussion - 2020
« Reply #206 on: September 09, 2020, 05:48:18 PM »
Today was a little better. Had a few bouts but nothing terrible. Funny thing about the cinnamon gum. I had just read that it seems to mimic the sensation of nicotine the most and works. Maybe the burn of cinnamon is close to the tingle of nicotine? Idk but it was a lifesaver.
Definitely out of the fog now and know I can do this. Just hoping I’ll remember that later. But as we say, I just need to quit today. I’m not going to worry about tomorrow. Anyway, I’m kind of liking this daily journal I’m doing in here. It’s helping me address and organize all the emotions and feelings. Hopefully it will help me be prepared. And, who knows, maybe it will help someone else down the road. I also love the support and feedback from it. I’ll keep doing it until someone makes me stop. See y’all at roll call tomorrow, gents.

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Re: General Discussion - 2020
« Reply #205 on: September 09, 2020, 10:05:37 AM »
Not gonna lie gents. Today sucked...in a major way. Days one and too has some minor struggles but I was so busy, I made it through fairly easy by staying distracted. Today was busy at work but I felt every second of it it seemed. Went through most of a tub of orbit gum, and 2 or 3 dum dums. I'm hoping this means the fog is starting to lift so that I can just deal with the suck because at least it means progress. Ready to "embrace the suck, I guess. "
Hey man, there are gonna be days like that, and I hate to tell you, they'll happen off and on far past this first week of quit. Use the gum, find some fake dip that works for you, eat sunflower seeds like a damn bird...whatever it takes to stay quit. Weirdly enough, cinnamon gum works best for me. I order Mentos Pure cinnamon gum by the case from Amazon, 300 pieces at a time.

Drink plenty of water. As you said, embrace the suck. It's better than embracing chemo. Get through this ODAAT. I know you can.
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Re: General Discussion - 2020
« Reply #204 on: September 08, 2020, 06:53:53 PM »
Not gonna lie gents. Today sucked...in a major way. Days one and too has some minor struggles but I was so busy, I made it through fairly easy by staying distracted. Today was busy at work but I felt every second of it it seemed. Went through most of a tub of orbit gum, and 2 or 3 dum dums. I'm hoping this means the fog is starting to lift so that I can just deal with the suck because at least it means progress. Ready to "embrace the suck, I guess. "


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Re: General Discussion - 2020
« Reply #203 on: September 08, 2020, 04:39:49 PM »
Not gonna lie gents. Today sucked...in a major way. Days one and too has some minor struggles but I was so busy, I made it through fairly easy by staying distracted. Today was busy at work but I felt every second of it it seemed. Went through most of a tub of orbit gum, and 2 or 3 dum dums. I'm hoping this means the fog is starting to lift so that I can just deal with the suck because at least it means progress. Ready to "embrace the suck, I guess. "

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Re: General Discussion - 2020
« Reply #202 on: September 08, 2020, 08:44:17 AM »
@NukeEngineer I am glad to hear you are getting your mouth taken care. I am also struggling with the anxiety part of the quit. My quit started when I had some tooth sensitivity and went to the dentist. Dentist said everything looked fine but I took that as time to quit. Since my quit I’ve dealt with jaw soreness, tingly sensation in jaw and cheek, and now I’ve had a slight ear ache off and on. It totally freaks me out and all I can think about is the worst outcome. You aren’t in this alone and aren’t the only one struggling with this. Stay strong.

@Cincibuck / @NukeEngineer - anxiety was TERRIBLE for me too. Took myself to the ER TWICE during the early days of my quit cause I thought I was having a heart attack. Had ALL the symptoms including tightness in chest, tingling left arm, etc. Diagnosis... anxiety.

I don't tell you this to scare you, just to inform... anxiety is real and it can lead your brain to some crazy places. For me I drank a lot of water, got exercising, etc.

Hang in there!

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