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OT Ok now that I have quit smoking what do I do with my hands.

its weird how strong the physical side of the habit is. when I quit I would constantly find myself reaching into my pocket for a pack that wasn't there anymore. after a month your brain will get with the program
 
It is very very hard to quit. The first month just fookin sucks balls. But every month after that gets better and month 2 goes fast and easy. Put a mouse trap in your pocket.
Wifey smoked when we first got together to check fluids. After 3 months I told her to quit or GTFO. No other options. She quit. Sitting right here next to me. Cig free. After 40 years. And she just ripped a loud one. Aint love grand.
 
I quit after almost 45 years .Took a while to quit all the way , maybe 2-3 months . 3 bypass's on my legs pushed me all the way . Had a EMG test last week , guy that gave it to me was surprised that I could still walk . I still cant feel my feet or legs but man o man does food taste better !!!!! Buy a guitar ,watch youtube .
animal
 
I quit after almost 45 years .Took a while to quit all the way , maybe 2-3 months . 3 bypass's on my legs pushed me all the way . Had a EMG test last week , guy that gave it to me was surprised that I could still walk . I still cant feel my feet or legs but man o man does food taste better !!!!! Buy a guitar ,watch youtube .
animal
Got a guitar and bass. I already play. That is exactly what I have been doing.
 
Spend a lot of time cleaning the nicotine off the inside of your car and home. Take up exercise to calm your nerves. When you regain your sense of smell and taste notice how bad everything smells around smokers. Think of people like my father who got emphysema and suffered a slow agonizing death.
 
After nearly 30 years I made the decision last week to quit smoking cigarettes. I just have one question for those that have quit. What the hell do I do with my hands now? Crotchet? Badmitton? anal retentive micro managing manager? I also have this free time that I used to smoke. Hell I sleep 30 minutes later than I did and get to work at the same time. What are some things other have done to keep their hands occupied and their minds of starting back?
Model Railroading. Scratchbuilding.
 
Spend a lot of time cleaning the nicotine off the inside of your car and home...
I spend one day each week doing electrical testing and repairs in a local charity shop and I can always tell when something has been donated from a smoker's home. Not only is there the smell, but everything - right into the smallest nooks and crannies - is coated in a layer of sticky, yellowy tar. The tar is then ingrained with a layer of house fluff, skin particles, pet hairs and so on. Lovely!

George
 
Spend a lot of time cleaning the nicotine off the inside of your car and home.

A good friend of mine inherited his dad's house after he passed (his dad was a heavy smoker). After some time, it became apparent that one of the kitchen appliances was on it's way out, so he started looking for a replacement. Problem was, he couldn't find anything in the same color. His appliances were more of an almond color, and he was having problems even finding out what the color was called. The rest of the appliances all worked great, so he didn't want to replace them all, and he's more than a little bit OCD about that sort of thing. It messed up his frame of mind for months.

Couple months later, something happened that facilitated him taking a panel off the refrigerator. Underneath the panel was... white? It turns out, he didn't have almond appliances, he had appliances that needed a serious cleaning.
 
I know what you can do, put on 50 pounds like I did 4 years ago. Still got it still too effin unmotivated to lose it.
 
The fact that you're asking is a fantastic step, really. Congrats!

Too many people quit or try quitting an addiction and fall off the wagon because they don't understand that the addiction was filling a hole in their lives. Just removing the addiction is half the battle and afterword's you have to put something back or you'll slip back to whatever it was you removed. I don't think there is one way to go about this, but It does help to look at your vice objectively as to what you enjoyed about it and why you did it, then try to find something healthy that does the same. If smoking gave you something tactile to do absent-mindedly, than finding a skill or hobby to do the same is in order (we joke about fidget spinners, but if they fit the hole, give it a shot!). Other things too that give you stress relief, something to taste, whatever it is, and the healthy thing is realistically as easy as the vice was, can fill that hole. It's not easy, but reprogramming a human brain rarely is. Choosing a "new addiction" isn't going to help either (porn, alcohol, etc.). The thing that fills the hole might seem like a poor substitute in that collecting stamps might not give you the same buzz that crack did, but it gives you a focus while your body and mind get used to not being so dependent on the old addiction.
 
The fact that you're asking is a fantastic step, really. Congrats!

Too many people quit or try quitting an addiction and fall off the wagon because they don't understand that the addiction was filling a hole in their lives. Just removing the addiction is half the battle and afterword's you have to put something back or you'll slip back to whatever it was you removed. I don't think there is one way to go about this, but It does help to look at your vice objectively as to what you enjoyed about it and why you did it, then try to find something healthy that does the same. If smoking gave you something tactile to do absent-mindedly, than finding a skill or hobby to do the same is in order (we joke about fidget spinners, but if they fit the hole, give it a shot!). Other things too that give you stress relief, something to taste, whatever it is, and the healthy thing is realistically as easy as the vice was, can fill that hole. It's not easy, but reprogramming a human brain rarely is. Choosing a "new addiction" isn't going to help either (porn, alcohol, etc.). The thing that fills the hole might seem like a poor substitute in that collecting stamps might not give you the same buzz that crack did, but it gives you a focus while your body and mind get used to not being so dependent on the old addiction.
Nearly 21 years ago I quit doing cocaine and pills after 15 years . Cigarettes are harder to quit. I have found that I timed my day around smoking. Alotting time to smoke after a meal, before work, at lunch, after dinner. It really is crazy how those habits just become a part of everyday life of a smoker. You are 100 percent right about quitting is half the battle. When I quit drugs I had to face my own self esteem issues and depression without the drugs to use as a crutch. That and forgiving my self was the hardest part about getting clean.
 








 
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