Hi I am on day 2 of quitting with patches. I've been smoking for 42 years tried and failed 20 years ago, sick of smelling horrible and being self conscious of smelling to my non smoking friends. Only smoked about 6 - 10 a day and never before lunch, for some reason I feel like this it making it harder to quit? I put the patch on around 11am and take off just before bed time. First day was hard but today was harder, I seem to be constantly thinking about smoking which is frustrating because I didn't think about it when I was smoking and sometimes went until 3pm until my first ciggie. I know that it would taste foul if I have one and I really don't want to do that and go back to square one but its so hard and I feel really weird like there is an emptyness 'something missing' feeling all the time I'm not sure if the patches are helping or not I may feel worse without them so I will stick with them and hope this 'needing' feeling goes off soon. Trying to exercise more and not to eat more cos I really don't want to put on weight. I have a dilemma as I always smoked more when I had a drink so I've cut out alcahol too but I have to go to a meal at the pub tommorow so I'm really worried about having a glass of wine but I feel I should make myself act normally and get over the feeling of needing a ciggie with a drink? Considering I didn't smoke that much I thought it would be easier than this my Husband has been smoking even longer than me and we are both doing this together which makes it easier of course, he too has had a hard day but he is at work all day and 'distracted' but I am at home alone so I think I am finding it harder because of that. I was so pleased to find this forum cos I think I am going to be needing some help and encouragement over the coming days/weeks/months?? I so want to give it up forever. Thanks out there and well done to those of you who have succeeded. xxxx
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