Fed up with feeling so unhealthy

I'm 20 years old and I feel like I'm going on 60.

My lifestyle is so unhealthy; I eat bad food, I smoke, I don't do any voluntary exercise. I don't really drink much anymore and I drink plently of water, but that doesn't stop me from feeling constantly awful.

I get back aches, joint aches, tiredness, colds and flus on a regular basis. I had a pretty bad scare recently. It started last night when I was trying to sleep. I was struggling to breathe properly and my heart was racing. It was almost as if a heart attack was imminent. I managed to fall asleep eventually, and today it started again just before I was about to go to work.

I rushed down to the doctors to get checked out. He said that my heart beat was indeed a bit fast but that was probably caused due to anxiety. He said I just have a bit of a chest infection and presribed my some anti-biotics.

My second chest infection in a year. Great.

One of the fatal flaws of the human mind is we don't realise something is happening until it suddenly hits us. I don't want to die at the age of 40, but that's the direction I'm heading in.

I've wanted to quit smoking and change my life around for a while now. But after the latest scare I'm really determined to do it now. I've just finished college for the year and have got about three months holiday until I go back. I guess now would be the best time to make a start.

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  • Hi Tom :)

    Welcome to the forum and well done on the decision to quit possibly one of the most important you will ever make and you will be losing nothing but you will regain control of your life and that has to be good

    You will find all the help and support you need on here as we all help each other just like a family we are here for you every step of the way cheering the good days and sympathiseing with the bad but the good far outweigh the bad

    Read the posts on here you will find a lot of tips and advice and in the signatures of a lot you will find links to other sites just click on them Here are 2 I find very good to start you off whyquit.com and woofmang.com Read, read and then read some more as the more you read and learn about why you smoked and about your addiction the easier your quit will be

    Post often to let us know how you're doing, to rant, rave have a moan whatever you like pretty much anything goes on here OK

    You have some compelling reasons there to quit sorry you feel poorly but as you said with 3 months before you go back to college now is a great time to quit by the time that three months are over you'll be well down the road to complete freedom from addiction and in control of your life again

    Best Wishes

    Marg xxxxxxxx

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