Day 8 - Not feeling so good

Hi everyone, hope your all doing OK today!

Well I've made it to day 8 and although I'm pretty pleased with myself I can't seem to shake this anxiety and general depression. I don't think I chose the best time to quit smoking to be honest. I had just split up with my long term partner and moved back in with my parents. Sometimes it feels like I've taken on too much at once?

I know there is never a right time to quit, but this was definately a wrong one. Despite this I am determined not to reach for the fags and am actually feeling pretty strong. I just hate feeling so down in the dumps.

I had actually managed to quit for 2 years before the split but at my lowest point I lit a cigarette and became a smoker again.

From past experience I know that it will get better and of course broken hearts do mend eventually. Just needed to get it off my chest as was feeling a bit overwhelmed and finding today particularly hard.

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  • Hi everyone, hope your all doing OK today!

    Well I've made it to day 8 and although I'm pretty pleased with myself I can't seem to shake this anxiety and general depression. I don't think I chose the best time to quit smoking to be honest. I had just split up with my long term partner and moved back in with my parents. Sometimes it feels like I've taken on too much at once?

    I know there is never a right time to quit, but this was definately a wrong one. Despite this I am determined not to reach for the fags and am actually feeling pretty strong. I just hate feeling so down in the dumps.

    I had actually managed to quit for 2 years before the split but at my lowest point I lit a cigarette and became a smoker again.

    From past experience I know that it will get better and of course broken hearts do mend eventually. Just needed to get it off my chest as was feeling a bit overwhelmed and finding today particularly hard.

    hi Lucy

    Sorry your having a tough time today ...but you need to take heart look how well you have done so far, hope this doesn't sound arrogant but if you were smoking today would you feel any better about your split ? the hurt of that will be there still, come on chin up you have been great so far and you can do this again two years last time that's awesome might be asking you for tips myself soon ...Come on Lucy onwards and upwards :)

  • hi Lucy

    Sorry your having a tough time today ...but you need to take heart look how well you have done so far, hope this doesn't sound arrogant but if you were smoking today would you feel any better about your split ? the hurt of that will be there still, conme on chin up you have been great so far and you can do this again two years last time that's awesome might be asking you for tips myself soon ...Conme on Lucy onwards and upwards :)

    Thanks Bradders! Yes, your very right about everything you have said. It's not so much the split, or the not smoking... I think it's just the re-adjusting to a new life and new habits. Feeling very out of place today but you are right... Chin up!!

    Yes, full of helpful tips... just rubbish at taking any of my own advice!

  • Thanks Bradders! Yes, your very right about everything you have said. It's not so much the split, or the not smoking... I think it's just the re-adjusting to a new life and new habits. Feeling very out of place today but you are right... Chin up!!

    Yes, full of helpful tips... just rubbish at taking any of my own advice!

    Who isn't :D you will be ok Lucy :)....

  • Hi Lucy sorry your having a bad time at the mo. Day 8 is fantastic and you have every right to feel very proud of yourself. Every day is a good day to stop smoking and to me it sounds very much like the nico monster is sitting on your shoulder whispering to you things like "you chose the wrong time" "when you get past this then you can quit again" "just have one to make you feel better". We all know these are lies!

    Throw him off your shoulder and make some plans about your new wonderful smoke free life, what treat do you have planned for yourself when you have got up to double figures (only 2 days to go)? What about a major plan for when you have been a quit for a month?

    I know it can be hard at the start, try doing some reading of the links, put some music on and dance round the room (only recommended at home), plan a treat for tonight.

    Keep reading and keep posting, I am sending you some PMA (positive mental attitude) to get you through the next few hours. :D

  • hi lucy

    8 days ..just great that mate..

    I was down at first with my quit..like the emptyness inside........So to deal with a quit is stressful enough, sounds like your going through it with your break up too....Your very strong & should feel double proud of what you are doing :) xx

  • Hi Lucy sorry your having a bad time at the mo. Day 8 is fantastic and you have every right to feel very proud of yourself. Every day is a good day to stop smoking and to me it sounds very much like the nico monster is sitting on your shoulder whispering to you things like "you chose the wrong time" "when you get past this then you can quit again" "just have one to make you feel better". We all know these are lies!

    Throw him off your shoulder and make some plans about your new wonderful smoke free life, what treat do you have planned for yourself when you have got up to double figures (only 2 days to go)? What about a major plan for when you have been a quit for a month?

    I know it can be hard at the start, try doing some reading of the links, put some music on and dance round the room (only recommended at home), plan a treat for tonight.

    Keep reading and keep posting, I am sending you some PMA (positive mental attitude) to get you through the next few hours. :D

    Thank you! Yes, the nico monster has definately made an appearence today I'm afraid! Hmmm treats... well I promised myself a lovely pedicure if I got to a week so that is tonight! For one month I am treating myself to a nice facial to make my non smokers skin look even nicer :)

  • hi lucy

    8 days ..just great that mate..

    I was down at first with my quit..like the emptyness inside........So to deal with a quit is stressful enough, sounds like your going through it with your break up too....Your very strong & should feel double proud of what you are doing :) xx

    Ahh cheers Kit :) Am feeling a lot better this afternoon. Think this morning took my by surprise! xx

  • Times like these are actually very empowering so give yourself a huge pat on the back for staying strong and focused and before you know it life will feel great again only better than before. :)

  • Times like these are actually very empowering so give yourself a huge pat on the back for staying strong and focused and before you know it life will feel great again only better than before. :)

    Very true! Empowered is a great word to describe how I feel today - a million miles away from how I felt this time yesterday. Just goes to show everyone that even when your feeling at your lowest, you will get past it! :D

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