The day started so well

I don't really understand what is going on. The day started real well and I felt great had cravings but I could handle them.

This afternoon I started to get craving that were hard to cope with. Went to a non-smoking friend who gave me wool and needles, so I have started knitting like somebody gone demented.

Here’s the thing I used to smoke first thing in the morning before doing anything else and not so much in the evening so why am I finding it harder as the day goes on.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Chris

8 Replies

oldestnewest
  • I don't really understand what is going on. The day started real well and I felt great had cravings but I could handle them.

    This afternoon I started to get craving that were hard to cope with. Went to a non-smoking friend who gave me wool and needles, so I have started knitting like somebody gone demented.

    Here’s the thing I used to smoke first thing in the morning before doing anything else and not so much in the evening so why am I finding it harder as the day goes on.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

    Chris

    Hi Chrisk, I dont know how long you have been quit but cravings dont have a time table. They catch you unawares. The knitting needles are a great idea, so well done that friend. Sometimes you just have to dig in and grit your teeth and get in with it. The longer you can stay off them the easier it will get, it is that simple. I hope I dont sound unsympathetic I dont mean to but it is just a case of sticking with it and trying to distract yourself with knitting, crosswords, reading this forum or anything that helps take your mind off it. Keep going and you will soon start to feel all the benefits that come with not smoking. Read the thread that has just been started about the good things about not smoking, that should help too.

  • I don't really understand what is going on. The day started real well and I felt great had cravings but I could handle them.

    This afternoon I started to get craving that were hard to cope with. Went to a non-smoking friend who gave me wool and needles, so I have started knitting like somebody gone demented.

    Here’s the thing I used to smoke first thing in the morning before doing anything else and not so much in the evening so why am I finding it harder as the day goes on.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

    Chris

    Sorry you've been having a tough one today Chris :(

    Been asking myself that that very same question, as my cravings have been so sporadic and so strong at times!

    Hang in there and do everything you need to stay away from those nasty cancer sticks!

    Well done so far, you're doing great :)

  • Thanks

    Thankyou all for responding, it has made me feel so much better. I think I was feeling sorry for myself.

    Off to the kitchen now to see what I can munch on.

    chris

  • Haze and Max are right.

    The nasty little craves manage to push themselves to the front of our brains and tell us we want /need the poisons and that they, and they alone, will satisfy this psychological need we have. They won't satisfy anything of the sort, but that's dependence on cigarettes for you:( They promise so much and just deliver grief.

    Well done that friend. I knitted for England when I first stopped. I did prem baby hats and blankets cos the units always need them and I felt at least I was doing something useful for someone.

    The craves will lessen. It helped me at first to think I could have one any time I liked, but I was choosing not to right now.Eventually you do just get used to not having one.... then you cannot even begin to imagine why you did it EVER.

    Stick with it.It's so worth it. Keep knitting. Post on here. Anything but smoke now you've made this great decision. xxx

  • Thankyou all for responding, it has made me feel so much better. I think I was feeling sorry for myself.

    Off to the kitchen now to see what I can munch on.

    chris

    Yayyy!! Well done Chris :D

    I don't mind feeling sorry for myself on here, because I know that someone will kick me back into shape soon enough!!

  • Hi Chris

    I too had a really bad evening due to cravings last night, was fine all day then early evening onwards was the worst its been. Thought i was gonna go out my mind! Decided tho if i can cope with that (just) i can cope with it all cos surely it can't get worse!

    Feeling better today so far but only been up an hour!

    Hope you have a better evening later, im working so at least I'll be kept busy and occupied!

    X

  • I had trouble getting to sleep last night, so have got up a bit later although I could do with some more sleep, brain decidedly fuzzy today.

    Max yet again came through for me, what would we do without him. Never thought about my brain as a Computer before. I guess I have programmed it really badly.

    Off for a walk to see if I can clear my head.

    Have a good day at work.

    Chris

  • Heya Chris,

    I have this exact same issue. I used to smoke a lot in the mornings, and a bit at night. And now I'm fine in the mornings, but the cravings rage at me a lot towards the later part of the evening.

    I've been told that this is because our bodies are so used to have smokes that we unconsciously get more tense over the course of the day due to the little cravings that by the end of the day the tenseness and cravings combine to just smack us in the face with a meat axe.

    That said you CAN do it. Munch, crunch, chew, sip, fiddle or do whatever you need to. I've done them all. Personally I find two things help me a lot so maybe they might help you?

    Consciously remember to breath. When you smoked your hearts BPM rose but because you were breathing in and out quite regularly you would feel calmer. Remember to take time out sometimes to just breathe. It feels sill at first but it feels so good after!

    Take a walk. Exercise, even light exercise creates endorphins, and even if you want a smoke, the endorphins make you happy enough to go "Nope, I'm okay :)"

    Also, drink a heap of water. You'll be suprised at how often you're actually craving water, not a cigarette.

    Makes you pee more for a while though ;)

    So really that's three but hope it helps :D

You may also like...