No Smoking Day
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Going crazy!

Hi guys. I have been suffering from depression and anxiety for about four months, and I thought that smoking may have something to do with it. Day 3 is coming to an end and it has been the worst so far. I felt like I needed to go to the shop and get some cigarettes. I was so tempted, but I want to quit so I did not. I have been feeling really light headed and dizzy too. How long do these normally last? Last time I tried to quit I made up a silly excuse just to start again. I really want to stop but I don't feel good at all atm.

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I too thought I was going crazy on Day 3, dizzy, felt awful mentally and physically. It does get better beleive me, but you have to really want the Nico demon to go away. Please stick with it you are doing so well its making those first steps that are the hardest.



Hi Paul, welcome and well done for stopping smoking. You are having a hard time right now, sorry I cannot answer all your questions but the ones regarding smoking - I suggest you read as much as you can about the addiction to nicotine you will find some excellent websites in our signatures and there are lots of stories from others who have all been where you are. Honestly it does get better we would not have made it so far if it stayed as hard as it can be in the beginning. Don't see it as a sacrifice see it as a great thing and don't go looking for bad stuff to happen, our thoughts can make things worse so they can also make things better.

My best suggestion for the depression and anxiety is to see your GP and get some help.

All the best.



Way to go!!! You made it today 3 before your first post. I am so impressed. Day three is a bear. Day four is not exactly a walk in the park. However easier times are ahead. You have a really hard part in the rear view. I feel for you and don't give in to the demon nicotine.


Hi Paul, Sorry it's hard going but it does get easier. It helps to prepare for what's ahead by reading other people's experiences and planning for it.

Have you any help with this. Are you doing it Cold Turkey, nicotine replacement, etc There are methods which can help take the edge of it. Your GP or local smoking clinic will be able to help you. You're not alone. There is support out there - and a fair bit in here too



Hi Paul :D

Well done on day 3/4 that's great keep going

All the things you're feeling just now are normal Promise and they pass very quickly for most of us

The first few days are the worst and can be a bit of an endurance test but after that it just gets better and better the further you go down thw road we all have to travel to freedom

Below is my standard welcome and advice post which I try and give all new members

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 sympathising 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 found very good to start you off and

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

This link is good for the psychological part of quitting

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




stick with it .i got diagnosed with anxiety after my dad died in march 2008, quit in feb 8th 2009 with help of inhalator after discoverin i was pregnant.its now been just over 9months. get the 1st month out the way and

i ate polos n chewing gums helpedme it does get easier ,my 1st attempt at givin up i smoked for 21 years ,iam now 38 yearsold with 6 children so my health is important to me and for my kids. i know u will do it good luck



I have recent experience of what you've described, and you don't realise it when your in the middle of it, but depression is alot more common than you think.. especially with the high-speed lifestyles we all tend to lead. (be it at home or work)

I would definitely recommend you see your doc just for peace of mind more than anything else and describe how you are feeling, and also mention you are quitting smoking at the moment too, aswell as detailing any method you are using to quit (eg if you are using any NRT or champix/zyban etc) its all relevant.

The underlying thing about depression is you feel you are suffering it involuntarily .. and you desparately look for the root cause of it, which is what has led to you quitting smoking.

I'll tell you right now that quitting smoking IS a very wise move, not just for what you've described, but also for a good deal many other health reasons, but you must deal with everything one step at a time.. don't be disappointed if you don't see instant results.. just know that you are only human, and in time things will right themself.

The visit to the docs is a very worthwhile first step though and thats what they are there for.

Let us know how you get on m8y.. we care.


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