5 weeks cold turkey, when will I notice the benefits!!

So I haven't been on for a bit, but I'm 5 weeks today with a single puff. I've done this cold turkey for which I am so proud of myself. I'm still feeling pretty cranky though, had a few days a couple weeks back where I felt much better but I'm tired, I'm stressed, I'm anxious, have constant headaches and the dizziness has returned! Been to the dr who thinks everything is fine and it's just from quitting, but just wondering when people finally noticed the benefits of quitting.

I should also add, at work yesterday one of the residents came inside after having a smoke, aghhh she STUNK!! I think this is a win, can't believe I made my poor children smell me like that!

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  • Hi Michandy, Your doing really well. Symptoms of stress etc . do settle down. This can vary for each individual. Stay strong and positive as you are doing and one day you will realise you feel good ,without the anxiety and stress.

    I think this time of year (assuming you live in the UK) doesn`t help. Think we all get short of vitamin D. :) xx

    Take care. xx

  • think you are right there Jilly - did notice that I was 'putting my face on' in daylight this morning though - spring's coming! :)

  • Jillygirl I'm in Australia! And been dealing with ridiculously hot days!

    But Thankyou for your words of encouragement ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • It will get better, just takes time..nice to see another member from Aussie..๐Ÿ‘

  • Thankyou! Think I was having a bad day the other day!

  • Afternoon Michandy

    You will notice the benefits soon! I reckon that sometimes the symptoms of recovery can sometimes mask those benefits that are already happening but as the days and weeks roll by, you will start to be more aware of how much better you feel - and how much more money you have in your pocket/purse/bank!

    Yes, know what you mean about smelling someone who smokes - we had no idea did we that we inflicted this on others!? Well, actually, we did know if we're honest but we conveniently pretended we didn't! :)

  • Yes! I was always aware, but always just thought my dad was exaggerating when he would complain and move away from me!!

    I did wonder if the benefits were being hidden by my anxiety (have had anxiety for 14 years) and I just have been oblivious to them.

    Thankyou though, your reply is much appreciated ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Hey Michandy ๐Ÿ˜Š

    I started feeling better after month 4. My depression and my psychological dependence on smoking disappeared ๐Ÿ‘

    Feels great when that happens. It happens at different times for everyone .

    Way to go on a great quit ๐Ÿฆ‹xx

  • Arizonasands Thankyou! I had read that around 4 months seems to be when people are starting to feel better. Just goes to show how much this drug has a hold over our body!

  • Sure does. I was shocked how addicted I was.. I went cold turkey as well๐Ÿ˜กGrrrrr. Lol

  • Hi keep with your quit 5 weeks is brilliant.

    It actually took a year to feel like me again, but I was cold turkey. Probably less than a year I know I was giving it a year and if I still felt ill then I was going to start smoking again.

    everyone is different, I had never had anxiety before and even know at times it can be a struggle ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Congrats on your 5 weeks quit, fantastic๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

    you're doing ever so well so hang in there coz there are lots of benefits, just takes a while to get them but it will honestly be worth it๐Ÿšญ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • I know I have been 9 weeks quit today cold turkey and it takes a while to feel completely healthy again I told my Dr I felt better when I smoked lol but it will get better I had sever panic attacks and anxiety in the first 4 weeks now just anxiety but I want go back to smoking for anything the smell ugh and when someone around me smokes I hold my breath until I am away it's bad and I am solo happy I quit

  • Hi Michandy, first... Congratulations on 5 weeks. For me I was over the worst at 5 weeks. I'm coming up to week 8 and I feel like an ex-smoker. I had to force myself to look at the positive side and looking at others helped with that. Reminding myself why I quit and how difficult it is to do made me feel better too.

    Keep going. You'll feel better soon!

  • Hey Frank,

    Congrats on the 8 weeks! That's amazing!

    I agree, looking at others and reminding myself that I want to be around to see my 4 kids grow up is what is motivating me. There's good and bad days, but the good are definitely beginning to outweigh the bad

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