Crzyhjb925, don't panic, it is normal; lots of iced water, fruit juice, saltines.
Take naps during the day if you can (to make up for lost sleep at night), and be patient, the physical withdrawal should be gone by now.
Please go and read as much as you can on the main page, also go and read Youngatheart.7.4.12 or jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007 pages, you will find a wealth of information about what to expect in different phases of quitting!
Congratulations on making the best decision for your health!
All these symptoms will go away eventually...
Hello and Welcome! Wow, you've been quit for 3 days already! That means most of nicotine is out of your body. Have you done any reading on here yet? If not, now's the time! It's important to keep ourselves hydrated when we first quit. I found that one of those sports bottles with the little nipple on top encouraged me to drink more water than normal. Our need to suck is pretty primal and that helps with that area too! Water might also reduce the headaches. Dehydration can cause such. And likewise dry mouth. That might be happening because your breathing through your mouth more (due to the natural stress of getting through cravings). Consciously think of taking long, slow, deep breaths through your nose. There ARE dry mouth sprays you can get at CVS and other drug stores. Or get yourself some hard candies and suck on them occasionally.
I'm not sure why quitting would make you feel nauseous, unless you're taking an NRT or some pharmaceutical to help you quit. Are you? Might it be stress related? If so there are stress busters on here. Best of EX https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/content?filterID=all~tag%5Bbest_of_ex%5D (Which you can get to from the Home page) is a good source of support and information.
As far as the difficulty sleeping - many of us experienced that when we first quit. Your body will eventually adjust.
You're DOING THIS!!! And that's GREAT! Keep going in the direction you're heading. It takes a while to find our new normals.
Everyone's always telling me I suck but I never really understood why! Primal, huh?
[slurp. slurp. slurp. slurp.]
Welcome to EX! You have already gotten through some very rough times all by yourself. Giulia is right that most of the nicotine is already out of your system. Drink lots and lots of water, get some hard candies, try popsicles, they give you liquid AND cool you off, take deep breaths...all of what has been suggested. You CAN do this, I promise you that if you stick with us and with your quit that it will get easier...
Congratulations on choosing to quit. Reaching out as you have done is a good thing to do! Because smoking is an addiction to nicotine, quitting can feel disturbing, so keep coming back, read, "talk" --keep working it.
Welcome to our community!
I'm sorry you didn't find us before you quit so we could help you prepare..but it's not too late. ALL of these readings can be used as great crave busters. Here is also a link to "Early Withdrawal Symptoms" so you know what to expect. Early Withdrawal Symptoms The most difficult part DOES end - but you have to persevere ad get through it!
The most important thing you can do right now is to educate yourself on what nicotine does to your body and mind. To that end, I highly recommend Allen Carr's “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” This is an easy and entertaining read. Here is a link to a free PDF version of it:
You should also read the posts here and perhaps go the the pages of folks who you think might be helpful. You might visit whyquit.com, quitsmokingonline.com and livewell.com for the good information contained there. @https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/groups/best-of-ex has lots of blogs written by members of this site with their experiences and guidance.
After you have completed the recommended reading, it will be time to make an informed choice of the quit aid, if any, you will use. If you go that route, I personally recommend the aids that don't let the addict control the dose such as the available prescription drugs or the patch. If used properly, gum, lozenges and inhalers are fine, but they need to be used only as a last resort. I have seen folks become addicted to them if they substitute them for every cigarette they used to smoke - just trading one addiction for another. I do not recommend the e-cigarette for three reasons: 1) the vapor has been compared to the polluted air in Bejing on a bad day, 2) they just provide another nicotine delivery system while continuing the hand to mouth smoking motion, and 3) the batteries can spontaneously catch on fire. . But – any method that you think will work well for you will be best for you.
The idea is to change up your routines so the smoking associations are reduced. Drink your coffee with your OTHER hand. If you always had that first smoke with your coffee, try putting your tennies on right out of bed, going for a quick walk, then taking your shower and THEN your coffee! Rearrange the furniture in the areas you used to smoke so the view is different. Buy your gas at a different station. Take a different route to work. Take a quick walk at break time where the smokers AREN'T.
You need to distract yourself through any craves. You can take a bite out of a lemon (yup - rind and all), put your head in the freezer and take a deep breath of cold air, do a few jumping jacks, go for a brisk walk or march in place, play a computer game. Don't let that smoking thought rattle around in your brain unchallenged. Sometimes you need to quit a minute or an hour at a time. You will need to be disciplined in the early days to distract yourself when a crave hits. Get busy! Here is a link to a list of things to do instead of smoke if you need some fresh ideas:
101 Things to Do Instead of Smoke
The conversation in your head in response to the "I want a cigarette" thought needs to be, "Well, since I have decided not to do that anymore, what shall I do instead for the three minutes this crave will last?" Then DO it. You will need to put some effort into this in the early days, but it gets easier and easier to do.
Stay close to us here and ask questions when you have them and for support when you need it. We will be with you every step of the way!
Welcome to our community. Glad you found us and hollered help before you smoked. You got 3 good days behind you and nicotine should be mostly out of your system. The education and the support here is great combination to get you headed in the right direction. Just remember come here and blog before you chose to smoke like you did. Remember you probably have been smoking a long time like the rest of us and it is not going to resolve overnight. Stay close, do the reading, take advice from people above and we are here if you have questons or need help.
Welcome and congratulations on your 3 day quit!
Glad you are here !!!
Crzyhjb925 Hope it is a little easier tonight...it really will get easier, so glad that you came here instead of smoking today. Good for you!
It does get easier I promise you! spend your spare time reading all you can on here, especially the section on the home page where it says ' Best of ex ' . Things are so so much easier for me now. They have been for awhile now. Welcome to the group. And congrats on your three days of freedom!
Hi Crzyhjb925, glad you are here. You're doing great - congratulations on over 3 days quit!
Like the others have said, trouble sleeping is very common when you first quit smoking, so don't worry. You'll get your natural sleep rhythm back. In the meantime, here's a link to a website with great suggestions for how to get some shut-eye.
12 Ways to Relieve Insomnia When You Quit Smoking
All of these symptoms are very short lived and probably subsiding already!
The human body has an incredible ability to heal itself! Absolutely Amazing!
Your Heart Rate has already dropped after just 20 minutes of quitting!
The Carbon Monoxide Levels in your blood dropped back to normal after only 12 hours!
After only 24 hours you have already lowered your risk of heart attack!
Only 2 Weeks in your lung function improves and your ability to fight off colds and respiratory infections has improved! You may cough more - but that is simply a sign that your cilia are growing back. Cilia protect your lungs from infection.
Your DNA has begun to repair itself and protects you from cancer!
You stop skin damage which leads to premature and excessive wrinkles!
Your indocrine system is repairing itself helping to prevent diabetes 2 or alleviate the severity!
Your hormones are returning to normal levels!
Oxygen is reaching your muscles and bones much better making them stronger!
In short, you have already helped your body become healthier and stronger and each Day you add to your Recovery also adds to your Health Recovery!
Keep stacking those Days! Soon you will see benefits to your Self Esteem, Confidence, Spirituality, Personal Accomplishments!
Smoking does absolutely nothing for us and Recovery is just what it means - it gives all of this back to us!
Keep your blood sugar even.
Eat small meals often. 2 bites protein, 2 bites fruit.
Friday was your last cigarette? YOU ARE DOING AWESOME! I know everything you are experiencing now is terrible, awful, dreadful.
But you are so far into it. You are almost over that hump and things are going to even out.
Keep quitting!Don't look back.
Don't forget what this feels like, you never want to do it again.
Check in often. We'll keep you honest.
Hi I have 10 days today and have had a few times when I thought I was going to blow my top!! It's not easy to stay quit but I am bound and determined to do that this time and doing everything I can, chewing gum(cinnamon) deep stomach breathing, calling someone who supports me, writing in my journal, reading. I have had some nights where it has been hard to stay asleep..so I have go water and read for a while and have managed to get through it..hang in there you are doing a great thing for yourself and you so matter to all of us....
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