Day 33 and Struggling

Hello,

So today is day 33. The actual act of smoking no really longer appeals to me..but what does is not feeling the way I feel anymore. My energy level has creeped up a bit which is nice, but I am still having anxiety and racing thoughts issues (like thinking of something you don't want to think about and then it makes it worse etc etc). I have had intermitten issues like this here and there but I kept telling myself that smoking won't help. It is defintely tought to stay quit when all I keep thinking is instant relief is only a gas station away. I also can't help but think since I've been smoking since I was 15 (now almost 30) that my brain/body doesn't know what to do, or can't work properly without smoking.

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  • Hello,

    So today is day 33. The actual act of smoking no really longer appeals to me..but what does is not feeling the way I feel anymore. My energy level has creeped up a bit which is nice, but I am still having anxiety and racing thoughts issues (like thinking of something you don't want to think about and then it makes it worse etc etc). I have had intermitten issues like this here and there but I kept telling myself that smoking won't help. It is defintely tought to stay quit when all I keep thinking is instant relief is only a gas station away. I also can't help but think since I've been smoking since I was 15 (now almost 30) that my brain/body doesn't know what to do, or can't work properly without smoking.

    Of course your body can work without Cigarettes! it worked perfectly well before you started smoking.For 15 years you functioned without one. These anxious feelings will pass believe me, they are just you adjusting to not having your crutch. I think you should start exercising, that will help with the anxiety and release endorphins into your body. Thye are feel good hormones. Try that and dont give in you waont feel like this forever.

  • Thanks Haze,

    I seem to have a few good days..then a few ok days..then a few crap days. The cycle is getting old. For example, had a great friday, ok saturday, mini-anxiety attack yesterday and woke up this morning with like crazy thoughts running through my head and put me in a funk for the day.

    I sued to be a steady even-keel kind of guy. Never to high never to low..but this not smoking thing has really but me in a wringer.

  • I find exercise is a great way to release tension and anxiety which is what you get when you quit, I run a couple of times a week and feel amazing for it, saying that if running isn't your thing then anything that will get your heart rate going

  • Thanks Haze,

    I seem to have a few good days..then a few ok days..then a few crap days. The cycle is getting old. For example, had a great friday, ok saturday, mini-anxiety attack yesterday and woke up this morning with like crazy thoughts running through my head and put me in a funk for the day.

    I sued to be a steady even-keel kind of guy. Never to high never to low..but this not smoking thing has really but me in a wringer.

    You will be a steady even keel sort of guy again. You wait and see what another week will feel like. you wont be feeling like this. You could visit you GP and ask for some help for the anxiety if it is really bad, I dont like to think any young person is anxious it is not nice. See how you go but you will feel normal again and soon.

  • Keep going, you can do it! Some days I would still happily puff my way back to smokers heaven but then I think back to the first week of quitting and remember how hard that week was and I don't want to go back to that again!!!

    Do you really want to smell that bad again??

  • What's interesting about my quit is... I had an episode of dehydration which landed me in the hospital..so when I would try and smoke after it was like too much for my body to handle. Add that to a serious heat wave where I couldn't stand to be outside to smoke and it actually wasn't too bad.A few days after that I smoked a few cigs..went to a store and had a panic/anxiety attack and quit. Since I was phyiscally run down from being sick the physical withdrawls were honestly not even really there.

    Im just at a point where the anxiety, sliight depression boughts and the hypochondria tendencies (every little symptom) are beginning to wear on me.

  • There's nothing interesting about your quit at all. You are a complete wimp. Pull yourself together and get on with it

  • Not Everyone can give up easily. I realise this is an old thread but the total lack of sympathy in this reply really upset me. I gave up after 40 years of smoking a pack a day with no problems except the first three days of a grinding sensation in my chest but I used inhalators by nicorette to get me through, deliberately continued to spend my breaks at work with my smoking friends so that I didn't get it into my head that cigarette smoke had to be avoided at all cost,went onto a raw vegetable and fruit diet and drank a ton of iced water to keep a fresh taste in my mouth and was through it with barely any discomfort at all. My only real problem was actually weight loss. I've never been much interested in food anyhow and my appetite went totally. Sweet things were abhorrent to me in particular which was why I decided to eat fresh raw food instead. I didn't give up coffee totally at first but I cut it down to two wake up mugs first thing in the morning and stuck to water for the rest of the day and the odd blackcurrant juice drink. I was naturally fit before I even gave up smoking, my GP had always said my lungs were clear but after giving up for a month I was running up long flights of stairs I'd struggled with on the last steps previously. I didn't want to give up smoking. I only did it because I could no longer warrant the cost. I have nothing against people smoking, the smell doesn't bother me at all but I won't smoke again and ho through the horrible first three days ever again. I hope all the people on this post, especially the OP made it through the bad days and are now totally smoke free :)

  • Hi Rivermum1 - as you said this post is over 5 years old and the OP is no longer with the community or the majority of the members who posted so there is no benefit replying...

    This community re-started in March 2016 and many of these members did not come across with it - I am the Administrator on this community and have zero tolerance for any posts like this so you won't come across any negative posts since March 2016... I am now closing off replying to this post...

  • Like iv told you time again.. All the anxiety is normal. If its really bad go the doctors see if they can help you with it.. I did.. I still get a bit ov it now.. It does take time remeber ur riding ur self of chemicals that u have been dependent on for years..

    If ur strong enuf u will beat it.. Ur already on a good path as with all the trouble u are getting ur still saying no

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