Does anyone feel like this?

Hi all

Posted a couple of times earlier in the week. Now on day 6 of non-smoking (using patches & inhaler when removing patch). I just wondered if anyone else feels a bit 'lost'? I went out last night to a BBQ at my sisters house (no-one else smokes) but I felt like a different person. I was drinking red wine - as usual! - but I didn't feel like me - like I'd had a sense of humour bypass or something. Me & my partner left quite early - just had to go for some reason and I ended up ringing my sister to apologise. She was fine but I just wondered when you start feeling like your old self again... please tell me it does happen eventually!! Then to make matters worse, I watched the programme about the man who did from Alzheimers and blubbed all the way through. Then slept badly as per usual. Help!!!!!!!

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  • Liney, sleeping will get better as all the rest of the things in our lives will and do. Stay strong. Keep your chin up, we are here, keep posting.

    Hugs

    xxxx Pupalup xxxx:)

  • Don't worry, you will feel your old self soon enough. Someone said in an article i read somewhere that giving up smoking is like going through the grieving process, you feel something is missing, a bit of you, an old friend perhaps?. In a sense that's right because your brain is used to smoking and you make all sorts of neural connections about smoking. When you stop you have to make new connections and feel disconnected, you grieve your 'friend'.

  • Your answer to your question for me was about 4 months.

    It is not just the cravings which need to diminish but to train the mind not to think about smoking even if the crave is not there.

    Years of smoking the brain/mind takes time to forget.

    It does get easier

    good luck

    andy :)

  • Its a bit of a wishy washy answer, but positive thinking really does help.

    There is nothing wrong with thinking about smoking, thinking is not the same as inhaling!! When you think about it try to think how great it is that you've given up such an awful, addictive, poisonous, soul destroying habit.

    I know its easy to say 'think positive', i've been where you are and cried and felt so very very low, but this time around i refuse to let the down feelings get me. I have nothing to feel down about, especially not giving up cigs.

    Just gotta keep your chin up and be strong and embrace those moments when you realise how great you are for achieving this!!!

  • Way to go Chocobunny.

    xxx Pupalupxxx lots of hugs

  • It's like the death of an old freind. There are five steps to the greving process. denile, anger, ..., ....., acceptance. I have lost a few friends and my Dad so I just remember those feelings and go with the flow. The hard part for me are the dumb blonde moments. I am a pretty smart woman and I have had several DUH MOMENTS lately.

    DUH

    Cindy

  • you are doing really well so dont worry about it too much, for me it was partly getting used to social settings without my cigs, I felt like there was something vital missing, and it took a few times of making myself go out to places and visiting family before I started to get used to feeling and it soon became normal.

    I now feel as though I becoming myself again, and you will too, the feeling wont last forever its just part of the quitting process. :D

    Stay strong, charlene. :)

  • Thanks everyone for your replies - it's good on here isn't it?!? I am determined to quit on my first real attempt at it, but it is hard. I'm also finding it hard to settle down to doing anything or even watching tv in the evenings - just doing lots of pacing around in the kitchen! Still feel quite tearful as well, probably the 'grieving' process eh?

    I know it will take time and am only just on day 7 today so there's long road ahead. Just can't wait for my irritating old cough to clear up now - though have noticed already that food tastes better - just trying not to eat too much of it! Onwards and upwards everyone..... will keep you posted on how I'm getting on, or will come on-line if/when the next hiccup strikes.

    Lx

  • Hi Liney,

    Well done on getting so far, are you still feeling the same now? I have a strange feeling that I have forgotten something all the time! Just like I have forgotten somebody's birthday or my keys or something! Also when I am getting ready to go out, it feels weird not to have to check I have my ciggys and a lighter with me, I don't feel ready to go out without them!

    Christof! :cool:

  • Hi Christof

    Still feel the same though had a meal out in our local Italian last night and wasn't that bad - so used to nipping out for a fag between courses! Had a really bad day though yesterday - perhaps because it was the weekend and didn't have work to take my mind off it. I just couldn't relax and still thinking of fags all the time.... can't wait until it's not the first thing I think of when I wake up and go to bed! I also know what you mean about having forgotten something but it is nice not to have that panic of have I got enough fags for the morning etc. Feels good to be released in a way, though it's still hard.

    In week 2 now so suppose I better post in there from now on. Speak to you all soon...

    Lx

  • Hi Liney,

    Well done on getting so far, are you still feeling the same now? I have a strange feeling that I have forgotten something all the time! Just like I have forgotten somebody's birthday or my keys or something! Also when I am getting ready to go out, it feels weird not to have to check I have my ciggys and a lighter with me, I don't feel ready to go out without them!

    Christof! :cool:

    It's like going out without the kids,

    when you have a babysitter :D

    I always say, money, fags, keys before i leave the house,

    still do but smile about not needing fags :D at mo i am replacing it with sunnies, a week or so ago it was brolly :D

    ~Buffy x x

  • come on up to cumbria its been nothing but brollies in soggy old barrow-in-furness, i hate it, i hate it,I HATE IT!!!http://xrtwo.speedcentral.co.uk/images/smiles/banging.gif

    aahhhh thats better, bit of a headache though?

    hehe :p

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