Day 1 nearly down

Well today has been my offical quit date although I haven't smoked since 3:30pm yesterday (using patches). Worked at home but found it diffcult to concentrate so have done a few jobs round the house. Felt quite anxious this afternoon so went to the gym (only joined last week and first time there). It really helped and I felt great after. My son is here tonight (lives between me and his dad) and it triggered some quite strong cravings when he arrived as he smokes. He hasn't actually smoked as I have asked him not to now that I don't and he is fine with that so has just bought his e-cig with him. I was surprised that his just walking through the door made me want a cigarette. Its going to be difficult at work tomorrow as a few people there smoke!

Although I'm using patches I'm ceratin that my addiction is more psychological than physical. My boyfriend stopped smoking a couple of years ago (we've only been together a year). I don't smoke when I am with him, it can be up to 3-4 days and I don't really have any cravings when I am with him. The minute I leave though I am desparate for a fag....I've even been calling at the shop at the bottom of his road over the last few weeks and can't even wait to get home before lighting up (about 25 mins away).

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  • Well done! If you can do 3 or 4 days, you can do way longer than that. Just remind yourself that you choose not to smoke, you are not missing out or being denied anything...you choose to stop smoking. Day 1 is very hard and you have it done, 2 is ok, rest as much as possible and good luck for tomorrow. You can do it!

  • Thanks mmaya, dreading it even though I know I've gone longer. Will be seeing the other half tomorrow night so I know the evening will be fine.

  • Anxiety... I know it too well. You'll have to develop the ability to get into your own bubble and isolate yourself from whatever is causing the anxiety - for me, it was the break times at work, that 4m time that everybody gets up to go for a fag, I was left behind with nothing to do...hey guess who's laughing now?...they are still going out and I'm staying in Reading my book...it rains everyday where I live. So I'm pretty much laughing and enjoying looking at their miserable faces, cold hands shaking, and the smell...mother of God! I said it here before and I'll repeat it, if you wanted to be a smoker, you wouldn't be here...it is hard...but worth it ;) I'll be thinking of you tomorrow. Stay close to the forum specially if you are having cravings, post before you smoke... Good luck, Nb. You will be fine ;)

  • I have suffered from anxiety in the past...many years ago and it was stopping smoking that actually helped then. It's only since I started smoking again last year that I have noticed the anxiety increasing. Like a fool I have been smoking more to try and reduce the anxiety (or at least I made myself believe that smoking helped) when in fact I realise now it has made it worse. I suspect it will take some time for the anxiety to ease off....I wonder if its just part of the craving? I also suspect that the nicotine patches are responsible....I am going to try and wean myself off these pretty quickly. I used them last time and they worked for me but I can't wear them overnight as I can't sleep properly as they make me restless. Nicotine is evil!!!

  • Well today has been my offical quit date although I haven't smoked since 3:30pm yesterday (using patches). Worked at home but found it diffcult to concentrate so have done a few jobs round the house. Felt quite anxious this afternoon so went to the gym (only joined last week and first time there). It really helped and I felt great after. My son is here tonight (lives between me and his dad) and it triggered some quite strong cravings when he arrived as he smokes. He hasn't actually smoked as I have asked him not to now that I don't and he is fine with that so has just bought his e-cig with him. I was surprised that his just walking through the door made me want a cigarette. Its going to be difficult at work tomorrow as a few people there smoke!

    Although I'm using patches I'm ceratin that my addiction is more psychological than physical. My boyfriend stopped smoking a couple of years ago (we've only been together a year). I don't smoke when I am with him, it can be up to 3-4 days and I don't really have any cravings when I am with him. The minute I leave though I am desparate for a fag....I've even been calling at the shop at the bottom of his road over the last few weeks and can't even wait to get home before lighting up (about 25 mins away).

    Well done K8tjane on getting day one almost over you, it is tough but as mmaya said, keep close to the forum if things get bad, good luck.....

  • Thanks Rowens08, I was wondering what I could do if the cravings strike when everyone goes off to smoke...I'll come on the forum instead.

  • Good point K, I didn't want to mention it because didn't want to start a riot, but there's a reason why I don't use the patches and that's because I get palpitations with it, which seem like cravings...but they're not, they are palpitations. If you can go 4 days without fags in the name of love, just belive in yourself... You don't need the patches, you need to concentrate and do it xxx

  • I'm using the brown ones (nicotinell 24 hour) as the transparent ones irritate my skin and make my arm ache (if I put them on my arm obviously!). I think I am going to drop down to the 14mg ones after the weekend as I was only smoking between 10-15 a day and so I may be overdosing myself a little. When I stopped before and used the patches I was smoking 30 a day.

    I'm hoping my son will follow suit - he aleady uses an ecig as he doesn't like to spend too much money on cigarettes and he really only smokes that randomly.

  • Good luck today, stay strong!

  • Had a surprisingly good day, now works out the way got an evening with my boyfriend and looking forward to not getting nagged because he always knows if I've had a fag even if it's been hours before seeing... Apparently even if he can't smell it he can taste it when he kisses me....no amount of toothpaste, mouthwash or chewing gum can hide it.

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