I'm giving Champix another shot after managing 2 years off the cigs completely until about 2 years ago. My main stumbling block last time round was the breakdown of my marriage on New Year's eve 2010. I've been a smoker ever since then and gone through some bad times - very depressing. The aftermath of the marriage breakdown lasted a whole 2 years - I dont think that smoking helped my mood but it gave me something to do during the lonely times.
I tried again using champix this time last year but I was living with a friend who was a smoker who smoked in the house - I buckled very easily. It was a half hearted effort I must say.
Anyway, this time i'm committed to giving up as I have good reasons:
- I live alone now back in my own (the place me and my wife bought together) and I've recently consolidated my car loan and credit card balances into a single 6.1% APR loan - that got a huge stress off my shoulder as the credit card debt was climbing rapidly. Times are extra hard now as I dont have my trusty barclaycard to fall back onto at the end of months so I'm planning every single spend... The ciggys are costing me between £4 and £8 a day depending on how much I smoke. This is a cost I could do without !
- The other thing is that I've always enjoyed running outdoors. I did the great north run in September this year with the help of eCigs to cut down on the real McCoy. Since the great north run, the keilder 10k and a few 5k races in october I hit a wall. I lost my motivation for running and this was because of one stupid habit making me feel lethargic and tight chested.
Anyway, flash forward to now and I'm in week 2 of my champix course. My last day of smoking is tomorrow.
The usual side effect of depression started kicking in properly when I switched from the 0.5mg tablets to the 1mg tablets on monday morning. I know i'm going to have to just suck it up and persevere through the 12 weeks but it takes me back to thinking about good times me and my ex wife had together and failed relationships I've had since. Eventually leading to a feeling of hopelessness
In an attempt to tackle the side effects I put my running shoes back on on tuesday night and took myself for 5k - I wanted to go for a run while I was still smoking to see if I can see the benefits next week when I've stopped.
Anybody else having champix and feeling depressed as a result? If so, have you got any tips for raising my mood (please bear in mind that I dont have much spare money to treat myself).
Thanks for reading and I apologise if my english was a bit shabby in places. It wasn't my strongest subject at school.