2 weeks In and not doing good

Hi everyone,

I am currently 2 weeks into bring quit and I am starting to struggle, being short temped, dizziness and just generally not right, I am afraid that I should be over this now and maybe there is something else I need to be going to get checked out for just don't want to waste the doctors time if it is just normal symptoms. Any advice would be greatly appreciated

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  • Hi everyone,

    I am currently 2 weeks into bring quit and I am starting to struggle, being short temped, dizziness and just generally not right, I am afraid that I should be over this now and maybe there is something else I need to be going to get checked out for just don't want to waste the doctors time if it is just normal symptoms. Any advice would be greatly appreciated

    Hi Nick, me again! As far as I am aware it takes 8-12 weeks after a person quits smoking to feel normal and the real benefits of not smoking. Anxiety, anger, dizziness are common withdrawal symptoms which I have experienced too, I would try doing some gentle exercise, like going for a walk, breath in fresh air, listen to music, go for a game of pool / snooker anything that can help you relax and unwind. Unfortunately, the next 2 weeks are going to be tough for us as it is mental battle now to overcome not smoking, hopefully other senior members can give you more advice....stay strong and don't loose faith, we can do this :)

  • Hello again,

    Many thanks for your thoughts again, I failed to mention before I also suffer from anxiety and that goes through the roof sometimes. All these stomach issues and feelings are hard work, I never knew stopping smoking could be this hard at times. But plodding on don't want to cave as this is the best I have done in years.

    Again many thanks for your comments

    Nick

  • Thats it Nick, it will get easier but we have to prepare ourselves for a little battle but the victory will be worth it!

  • Sorry Nick, forgot to say, really well done on getting to day 15, it is really is a great achievement

  • Thanks also and congratulations to you also how are you finding things?

  • For a lot of people during week 3 it's time to sit down and re-cap, Re-adjust and re- boost. Go back to the first days and think about why did you decide to stop, set a strategy and attack. It is doable... So many people have done it?! Why can't we be the next ones doing it? Belive in yourself, I believe every single one of us can do this - even me lol. You just have to believe in it yourself too. Xx

  • Hey mmaya,

    Thanks for the advice, it's funny because I don't seem to be craving for a cigarette but the side effects of stopping is making me think is all this really worth it. I know the answer is obviously yes but it's a massive hurdle to get over l.

    Many thanks for your reply

    Nick

  • I was just saying that about myself, I have no cravings ano desire to smoke at all. I don't want to smoke! But when a bit of nerves come into the play, the first impulse it to grab a cigarette. It's only normal because on my case that's what I've been doing for the last 28 years, it will take a while to change the habit

    Stay strong and keep reading and posting. You'll realise very quickly that we are all on the same boat ;)

  • Thanks also and congratulations to you also how are you finding things?

    Day 13 & 14 were not great but today was a good day, I just seem to get that panic and anxiety when I know whats ahead at work that could trigger me as it is going to be mental and stressful for the next month or so as we are undergoing a huge redundancy process at the end of the month and I will be taking on alot of extra work but I am working on how to cope without a smoke to get me through the stress, one thing I read here (sorry to whoever posted it, read that many can't remember!), keep thinking how do non smokers cope with stress....

    I seem to be alot calmer at home, possibly because I have great support from my hubbie as he gave them up a year and a half ago after smoking 40 a day which is great motivation for me.

  • Hi Nick

    You have received very good advice from Mmaya and Rowens..

    Quitting is genuine very difficult and deep breathing and sipping cold water is not really the miracle recipe for success.(Although it eases the pain)

    My experience on week two was: I am lonely and lost..., I walked around like a de-tuned radio, continually anxious, fighting insane paranoid notions; a horrified alien visitor on a tour of my own life. I was terrified it was permanent; slowly, normality returned but I lost my Mojo,Sparkle and Zest for life....(Herbal supplements revived this completely)

    Our brains are wired to find things we are looking for and without that nicotine punch we are confused because our brains was partly rewired by Nicotine... It seemed that the only way out is to take that one puff and then every thing will be normal..... Not true...You can survive without nicotine which is no more present in your body but only a distant memory although you crave the happiness and false euphoria it caused..and not the nicotine...

    All I can say is hang in there and fight it through....There is no way around it !!!!

    And Yes...It is all worth it...the wonderful new life of discovery things that was there but obscured in a cloud of cigarette smoke all these years(38 for me ) ...YUK !!!!

  • Hercu, you really are a true motivator on here,thank you so much, you summed exactly how I am feeling at the moment and your words above give me so much encouragement that I can get through this.....

  • Thank you Rowens...Luckily we have been there and understood the pain and discomfort of weeks 1 to 3/4

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