Planning on quitting smoking

Hi I'm seriously wanting to quick smoking. I'm 22, I have been smoking since I was a teenager, but I want to be done with smoking once and for all. I was just looking for tips and experiences with withdrawal symptoms. I've been diagnosed with manic biopolar, and I also suffer from anexity and I've heard you get real moody and anexity is a real issue to while quitting and I'm very afraid I'm gonna start having panic attacks again which I greatly do not want that to happen, and I don't want to be having out burst of anger and low moods as of now I've been very positive and everything and trying to maintain a good outlook after going through a real painful break up. If anyone can help me I would be very grateful! Thank you :) and good luck to everyone else also!

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  • Hi shannon and welcome to quit support :) :)

    Take a read of some of the info under the pinned posts to the right of the screen as there is a wealth of information on everything quit..You are best planning your quit and preparing yourself with as much information on what to expect.

    Still being so young, you have every chance of reversing any damage that smoking may have done to you..

  • Hey Shannon πŸ‘‹

    If I was you given your diagnoses, I would speak to your consultant or Community Nurse to give you support or direct you to where you can recieve support. A lot of people perceive that smoking reduces anxiety and has a calming effect but really it's only reducing the nicotine withdrawal.

    As you rightly said you don't want quitting smoking to undermine how your managing other areas of your health, but don't let it stop you from quitting, as Glolin said plan your quit and do so with a support network in place.

    Make sure every aspect of your well being is managed and ensure that coping strategies are in place

    Keep in touch Shannon and good luck πŸ€


  • Hi Shannonlee23, a big warm welcome to our lovely quit support community :) :)

    As our lovely Glolin has said, have a good look through the Pinned Posts & the Topics, there's loads of advice and tips on them :) :) and as our lovely Shantimar has said, maybe a trip to see your GP or nurse would be good at this point eh :)

    Shannon, please just remember, we are all different and our bodies react in different ways when we quit :o just because some people suffer with anxiety and mood swings, it dosnt necessarily mean that you will :)

    If you cant find what your looking for, or have some more questions, or just want a chat, then please feel free to do so, cos there a rite friendly bunch on here and we try to help each other :) :)

    Good luck Shannon :)

    Pete :)

  • Welcome ShannonleeπŸ’

    You've been through a lot with the breakup..... If you're going to quit smoking , a plan should be made up for yourself .......example: what nicotine replacement are you going to use ....... Write down the real reason you're quitting..... Great for reference to stay off cigarettes when Mr Nic comes knockin..... Be prepared for a change in lifestyle for awhile..... Know your triggers ... Example.... Alcohol.... Certain emotions .... Certain people....... Get a plan in place and then when you're ready .... We're here for ya!!!!!!!!

    Great decision πŸ‘πŸ»πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

    Arizona xx

  • Go for it hunni , it's hard but does get easy it will be the best thing you ever do , and at your age get it done now chic , they say if u quit b4 your 35 your lungs fully recover , you have come to the best place here so many lovely people willing to help you at any time of the day β€οΈπŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» good luck Hun xxxx

  • Thank you both for responding :) I was gonna try to just set a goal to be officially done with smoking by Monday. Slowly weaning myself off until then and I was gonna use gum and water to help me when the cravings hit me. Everyone I live with smokes but we all smoke outside so that will help me some. My motviation for quitting is definitely my son, and my overall health. I join this website after reading a few post because everyone on here seems feel great and I'm excited and ready to say I'm an ex smoker :)

  • Hi Shannon ,

    The mantra we use on this site is ...Not One Puff Ever.... And I add matter how I feel or what happens because Mr Nic seems to come out in full force when I'm down or over tired.....

    Best wishes from Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦


  • Hi there,

    I also gave myself some time to quit, I decided i would quit on my birthday 2 years ago, but i made the choice to stop a couple of months before,but the set the date in Feb so i could prepare. But what i did do was note what made me really want a smoke. For me it was after my evening meal. So i started just waiting for 5 mins the first day then 10 etc before having my after dinner smoke, it was all about small steps for me, to break habits ( not just smoking but the timings etc ) I had to use a vape to quit as i knew cold turkey wouldnt work for me. But if you plan going cold turkey then just be aware of the triggers that might make you want to pick up a smoke.

    You have made the best decision of your life, and more importantly your sons. Just think of all the fun things you can do together with the extra money you will save :)

    Good luck and be strong, you can do this x

  • Hiya Shannon and welcome to our lovely quit family😊

    I see you've got lots of good advice already and it's most definitely the very best thing you can do for your health. A painful breakup is extremely difficult but smoking really won't help and you should be proud of your decision to quit, well doneπŸ‘πŸΌ if ya need anything, just shout coz we're all here for you😊

  • Thank you all so much for your responses and advice. They were all very great and helpful. I will use all them to my best availability while trying to quit :)

  • Hiya Shannon and welcome 😊😊 loving your positivity about being able to call yourself a non smoker 😊

    You've had some great advice and with your health issues it definitely wouldn't hurt to have additional support whilst your dealing with giving up. It will definitely be the best thing for your health and your wealthπŸ˜€ just think of all the lovely smoke free memories you can make with your son 😊 he doesn't have to smell stale smoke on you anymore😊😊

    As our monky says, each quit is different. The lovely glolin says it actually makes her less anxious now that she has given up and I agree. As a smoker you are always anxious about when you can have your next cig, will it be raining, do I have enough to see me through the night, do I have enough money to buy cigs... It's flippin constant... So no more having to worry about that😊

    You let us know when your ready and we will support you as best we can πŸ˜€πŸ˜€ good luck hun and NOPE πŸ˜€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€πŸš­πŸš­πŸš­πŸš­πŸš­πŸš­

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