Made it this far!!!!

Well...I have done a whole week... on the whole not noticed the last couple of days that I havent been smoking...except my body is rebelling against 20 odd years of Nictotine poisoning so still not able to sleep a full night, and I still feel little headachy and spaced.

I did slightly better last night and managed to sleep between midnight and 4am...but had to get up at 5:00 am.

I must say though.. the hardest part of this has been the more or less complete lack of encouragement from family and friends... I have been trying to give up a 20 year drug addiction... and they have been less than sympathetic if I feel a bit down or off... I really have just been doing this for myself in the end I guess, so kinda thanks for nothing to my kith and kin...

Anyway...day 8 is upon me... I shall not be smoking today or for the rest of my life...

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  • keep it up

    well done you.... forget your mates and families lack of empathy....your're doign this for you! and have done a great job so far. Im just into my third week and also have had problems sleeping , waking like you at 4am , not being able to get to sleep etc.. but everyone says it will pass , so hang on in there! ....well done again, you will start to feel great soon, keep up the good work:D:)

  • Congratulations, getting past the first week is a huge deal and you should feel very proud of yourself!

    Well done.

  • well done!!! sod your family and friends if they wont encourage you. come on here instead. iv not had much support either as a lot of people didnt know i started again but iv found coming on here has been a huge help.

    keep going - week 1 is finally over!

  • I must say though.. the hardest part of this has been the more or less complete lack of encouragement from family and friends... I have been trying to give up a 20 year drug addiction... and they have been less than sympathetic if I feel a bit down or off... I really have just been doing this for myself in the end I guess, so kinda thanks for nothing to my kith and kin...

    I know how it feels, I was about 10 weeks in before my wife actually believed that I could stick let alone would stick to it. Even now I am regularly suspected of smoking if I pop out to get something from the car etc. but at the end of the day nobody else ever made me smoke it was my choice, and I am quitting for myself. Whatever support I have needed has been bountifully supplied here and it helps to know that it is always available.

    You are doing great, prove to your family and friends that you can and will do this and I'm sure that in the end they will be proud. Don't resent the lack of support, it is dangerous as it could give you an excuse to blame a relapse on them.

    ATB

    Nic

  • I agree with Nic on this one.

    My family, whilst offering all the support they could, soon found out there wasn’t really much support they can actually give seeing as they weren’t smokers themselves and they very quickly lost interest.

    Conversely and as we all now know, after those minor disturbances in the early days of nicotine cleansing our cravings just reduce to “I wanna fag and I want one now” which is just the same as a small child stood in Toys R Us and let’s face it they don’t get much support either…

    I’ve come to believe that stopping smoking is something you do solo but the key to success is knowledge and, with forums such as this, the sharing of that knowledge is possible.

    If I suddenly found myself pulling my hair out gagging for a smoke I would want someone to explain what I was going through and how I could stop it and that’s not my family because they’ve no idea. All they could do was say “there, there you’re doing ever so well”

    This battle is us versus tobacco and there aren’t many troops we can count on.

    My tuppence.. :)

  • Incentive

    I am now in my third moth of quitting (love how that sounds!) and I no longer have any problems sleeping in fact I think I sleep deeper now then I did before, and I no longer feel spaced, in fact my concentration is better as i don't spend time indoors wishing, thinking, planning my next smoke.. so good for you, keep up the good work, the good times are just around the corner!

    x

    sachmo:)

  • Well done, keep up the good work. I am coming up to a month cig-free second time around and still keep waking up although it is getting less and less. I should've stayed quit the last time, got to six months and caved :eek: but I am even more determined not to cave this time as I don't want to go through all this yet again.

    I am sure that with the help of this forum you will do very well. Just keep posting on here it does help. Even if you just read the posts you will find that most of us are all going or have gone through the same thing and I find that helps me a lot.

    Take care of yourself and hope to see you posting again soon.xx

  • Well done! As the others have said - sod the family, WE are your friends now hey hey ;)

    Seriously, I wouldn't have coped without the support I got / still get on this forum.

    Anytime you need a wee word of encouragement, just post on here "I need a wee word of encouragement" and see the response you get :D

    At the end of the day, you are doing this for yourself, and it is so worth it!

    Well done and keep going :)

  • Hi

    I found that most family, friends and colleagues are great support for about 2 days!! Then they forget all about the fact that you've quit smoking as it's something that they never have to think about.

    I have quit with a work colleague and we are supporting each other but I have also come onto this site for more information and found that people are great and will support you every step of the way.

    You are doing really well, a massive hurdle over just keep it going. It is tough but so worth it.

    Best Regards

    Bernie

  • Well done on your first week. You have completed whats known as " Hell week"

    Give yourself a big pat on the back!

    On the the support thing you mention I think people that dont smoke dont realise whats involved in giving up and the ones that still do smoke never really offer support because they dont want to see you do something they dont seem to be able to do themselves.

    What you have achieved is excellent , and you dont need me or anyone else to tell you that ............you must keep it up though ...keep choosingto be free from smoke and your sleeping pattern will return to normal

    quitsmoking.about.com/od/af...

    read this link on things to do to aid you in getting a good nights sleep.

    Great work , keep it up!

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