Just quit yesterday

Quit yesterday at 9:45 am EDT. This sucks. Taking lots of walks. But so focused on it. Going to keep going. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

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  • Hiya Kos and a big warm welcome to quit support πŸ˜ƒ

    Congratulations on making the decision to quit yesterday and lots of walks are a great idea to keep busy. It's not easy but it really is worth it. There are lots of tips on here to help and anything that distracts you from thinking about smoking is great. I started knitting to keep my hands busy at the start of my quit and reading the quit stories on here gives loads of inspiration too. How about taking up something new like running, yoga, dancing, swimming or something you've always wanted to try. Drink lots of water and try to eat fruit instead of snacking on sugary things and you'll feel a whole lot healthier as well. This journey can be a roller coaster of emotions and we are here to help you. Good luck, stay focused and believe you can do it πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒx

  • Thanks for the welcome. I am also a knitter. Will try that tonight. Drinking lots of water. Usually go to gym 4-5 times a week and run 3 miles a day. Will start that again tomorrow. Encouraged by the quit stories and hating the anxiety and sadness. I know this too shall pass

  • Wow you're very fit already so that's great πŸ‘

    Maybe a nice relaxing yoga class at the gym to help with anxiety and the sadness will soon turn to joy, believe me when I say we gain far more than we lose. I know what you mean though as it appears we're losing a friend when really that friend is slowly killing us and we're far better off without it πŸ˜ƒx

  • I'm Very encouraged that all seem to say it gets better after 24 hours.

  • Aup Kos, its lovely to see you here :) and a massive great big welcome to our lovely quit support community :) which is what it says on the tin :) we try to help you to quit and stay quit :) :)

    I see you have met Briarwood a lovely helpful young Lady she is tooo as you have seen :) :)

    I really cant say any more, but, if you havnt wrote down the WHY's you want to quit, then please do so :) and maybe stick a print out of them on your bedroom wall or mirror, soooo, when you wake up in a morning, its there to remind you :) :)

    Kos, we are all different :o for some of us it is easier after the first 24 hours, for others its after the first couple of days for others its after the first week :) soooooo, please stay on guard and keep focused on your quit :)

    Please try to remember NOPE !! :)





    Pete :)

  • Hi Kos and welcome to quit support.

    Well done on making the best decision you can for your health :) :) I sure sounds like you have a strong determination to be remaining a non smoker and with that attitude i am sure you will :) :)

    Do read some of the stories under the topic headings. There is a wealth of information of what the common symptoms are of your body healing from all those chemicals in cigarettes.

    If you have any questions or just needing a a bit of support, come and join us as there is generally some around at all times to help out.

    All the very best on your quit journey :) :)

  • Thanks to all. Will check back frequently as this helps me a lot. Appreciate the good wishes and will check out the topic hearrings. Now 34 hours quit! Longest I've ever made it

  • Congratulations!

    The mental step is a big one. Nobody said this would be an easy journey (if they did, they know nothing).

    I have posted this information before, but I'll keep posting it (unless the mods ask me not to) as I found knowing what to expect and how long I'd have to deal with it helped me in dealing with it (and saying, this is only going to be another X days I have to deal with this).

    Benefits timeline:


    Quitting side effects timeline (copied at the bottom of this post):


    Most people do not experience all of the symptoms below:

    Dizziness Increased oxygen levels in blood and blood pressure lowering to normal Be careful, take precautions and don’t work to hard

    1 - 5 days

    Coughing, nose running The body’s respiratory system begins to clean itself Drink lots of fluids

    1 – 5 days

    Sore throat The clearing away of nicotine and tar and the growth of new tissue Suck sweets, eat honey or anything else that will soothe your throat

    1 – 5 days

    Tight chest The coughing causes the chest muscles to get sore Try relaxation and deep breathing exercises

    1 – 2 weeks

    Flatulence and constipation Temporary slowing of intestinal movement Eat lots of fibre and drink lots of fluids

    1 – 2 weeks

    Headaches Increased blood flow (with more oxygen) to the back of the brain. Drink lots of fluids and do relaxation exercises

    2 – 4 weeks

    Irritability Your body is desperate for nicotine Relaxation exercises

    2 – 4 weeks

    Reduced concentration Increased blood flow and oxygen to brain and lack of stimulation from nicotine Don’t over exert yourself.

    2 – 4 weeks

  • Thanks. Time lines always help me !

  • Made it 2 days and 8 hours now. After about 40 yrs of smoking. Still have some intense cravings but have managed to get through. At what point does the preoccupation lessen? Don't want to give up but this is making me anxious.

  • Hiya Kos, you're doing great and yes the preoccupation will lessen πŸ˜ƒ

    To begin with we seem to think so much about smoking as it has been with us for a long time 😨 I used to dream about it as well πŸ˜‚

    I can't say an exact time period for this to lesson as everyone is different but I can say it will get easier. Right now it's tough and you are doing brilliant, so hang in there and it really will all be worth it πŸ‘πŸ˜ƒx

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