Struggling already

Its my first day of quitting and I am already struggling :(

I am using Champix which has taken the edge off my cravings quite a lot compared to other times I have tried to quit but all that is going through my head is ciggieciggieciggieciggieciggieciggieciggie......my brain just wont shut up!!!

Any tips to distract my brain would be gratefully received. Have been for a long walk with the dogs, done two loads of washing, washed up (in fact washed my partners cup up before he had even finished his coffee) and have eaten what feels like 6 billion carrots and drunk gallons of water.

Any other ideas?????

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  • Umm err did it occur to you that you might be doing to much?

    Have been for a long walk with the dogs, done two loads of washing, washed up (in fact washed my partners cup up before he had even finished his coffee)

    Sit down RELAX put on some soothing music close your eyes and CHILL

  • Hi Kirsty and well done on making the move to quit! :)

    It might be worth trying to get an afternoon nap (if you feel you could sleep), it'll give your body some rest while it's working hard to detox, and it will shut your mind up for a while. It's what I do when I feel like I need to escape for a while.

    Or maybe something to engage your brain - it seem like a lot of the things you've done so far are 'physical'. I don't mean something really brainy, like a crossword (now's not the time for reading 'War and Peace' :D) but something you enjoy. Maybe read a book, or magazine, or watch some TV - something that you can really get lost in. Or some good ol' internet surfing.

    Keep us posted on how you get on x

  • Hi Kirsty

    I'll be quitting tomorrow, so I'll right there with you.

    It's important to remember that smoking is as much a mental and habitual addiction for a lot of people -- and I'm certainly no exception!

    I'm going to use an oral spray because, and I plan to alter my routine only slightly. Because I spend a lot of time at my laptop, it's a habit for me to take routine 'smoking breaks' (far too many of them!) Instead of changing this routine completely, I'm going to use my spray to replace my smoking. A lot of the time, I don't even crave a smoke -- I just do it to keep me occupied during these breaks. When this is the case, I'll try to refrain from using the spray and treat myself with a nice mint tea or something. Where the spray really will help is on my scheduled work breaks at the office. This is where I'm most likely to get my cravings.

    The NRT that you're using is great in that it keeps your cravings down. It also has the advantage in that you're not taking using any actual nicotine. You may, however, find that it doesn't help with the mental and habitual routine that you've developed before you quit.

    In short, my tip would be to try and keep your usual routine as much as possible, but try to adapt it to fit your new smoke-free lifestyle. A friend of mine, who used the same NRT as yourself, used to join the smokers on breaks at work (even when it was raining), but then used to distance himself around the corner and chew his pen before we lit-up. When we finished, he'd join us again and return to the office. He got a lot of stick at first, but guess what? He's now been a non-smoker for two years! A bit of an unusual example, I admit. But everyone's different.

    Well, I'm great with the advice -- let's see how well I cope tomorrow (when I'm on here crying my eyes out, just send this post back to me, ok?) ;)

    Above all, very well done. And remeber YOU ARE NOT GOING THROUGH THIS ALONE. I'll be joining you tomorrow. :)

    Good luck!

  • Hi Kristy and welcome to the forum, of course you are struggling you are in the process of burying an old friend (before they bury you) and the worst part about burying them is that they are not dead, they are still there for you to continue your relationship with if you want to, but thank god you have seen the light(not the ciggy lighter ;)) from today onwards you are a none smoker and it will get easier, I think that everyone who starts to quit convinces there selves that it is easier for everyone else but it’s not it’s the same for all of us, we smoked and now we don’t and in 12 months time you will look back and think how the fck did I get here, I will tell you, you joined this forum and used all the help and support that is available and bobs your uncle you stay quit, not an easy task but something I promise you, you will never regret doing unlike smoking.

    So just stop chasing your tail or you will be too knackered to enjoy the first few days of your quit, what did I do when I quit, I ate tons of chocolate, watched loads of films read loads of books and got fat :eek:.

    Have lost most of it now so no worries.:D

  • So just stop chasing your tail or you will be too knackered to enjoy the first few days of your quit, what did I do when I quit, I ate tons of chocolate, watched loads of films read loads of books and got fat :eek:.

    Have lost most of it now so no worries.:D

    I did the same......I just ate ate ate....and the ciggieciggieciggie thoughts seem insurmountable but they do become manageable......

    hang in there :)

  • Thank you guys for your messages :)

    Unfortunately my internet went down so couldn't get back online. On the plus side shouting and swearing at my laptop and the BT hub distracted me from smoking for a few hours and so I made it through the first day......YAAAAAY :D

    Did a mixture of things in the end - spilt my time between running around like a headless chicken when the cravings went into overdrive and when they died down I sat down and relaxed.

    Today I have woken up feeling much more positive and, so far, no cravings at all (although pretty certain thats coz I went onto the higher dose of Champix yesterday although to make myself feel better I am taking the credit for it :p )

    Good luck Legs Eleven.....I will be here cheering you on :D

  • Thank you guys for your messages :)

    Today I have woken up feeling much more positive and, so far, no cravings at all (although pretty certain thats coz I went onto the higher dose of Champix yesterday although to make myself feel better I am taking the credit for it :p )

    Good luck Legs Eleven.....I will be here cheering you on :D

    Take the credit because it's you doing all the hard work....well done for getting through yesterday and welcome to day 2

    onwards and upwards

    :)

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