Hi all!! Started my quit smoking journey. Actual quit date was last Monday. Feeling very tired. Retaining water! Is this a normal response to quitting?
Yes, there may be some minimal fluid retention. Nicotine is a diuretic. It should be temporary.
Congrats on making the decision to quit smoking and doing it! Yes, there will be some changes you will go through, but don't let any of them change your mind about keeping your quit!
Welcome to EX...your body has to make some adjustments to the new you...any of the discomfort or changes that you feel are temporary. The first few days, you are getting rid of the nicotine and once the physical withdrawal ends, the psychological withdrawal begins...the psychological withdrawal tends to be harder because it is then that your addiction tries the hardest to get you back. Please remember that smoking never did anything FOR you...it does not relieve stress or pain, it does not do anything good...it destroys your lungs and your skin and your teeth and puts you at a much higher risk for many cancers.
Do all of the reading you can about this addiction....read Allen Carr's "The Easy Way to Quit Smoking"...you should be able to get it from your local library or order it for a very nominal fee on line. Have you tried calling your state quit line? Many states offer free patches. Read blogs here on this site...as many as you can, you will see that there are a lot of us who smoked for over 40 years and we are recovering from this addiction. I have not smoked in over 4 1/2 years and I don't miss it, quitting smoking was the best thing I ever did for myself. I suggest that you make a plan here is a link to give you a start My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX Track your cigarettes and identify what your triggers are, plan for what to do INSTEAD of smoking when those triggers occur...they WILL occur. Quitting is not an event, it is a journey and that's a very important thing to remember. It is also important to remember that there will be good days and bad days...just like there are when you are still smoking. I suggest that you read a blog written by jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007 some time ago...I read it over and over again when I quit What To Expect In The First Four Months there are MANY more that I recommend, one is by JACKIE1-25-15 Plan Prepare Practice to Protect. and there is one posted by Youngatheart.7.4.12 that always makes me laugh in addition to giving ideas to new quitters...101 Things to Do Instead of Smoke. You CANNOT be too educated about this addiction and you cannot spend too much time on this site preparing and then staying quit. You will meet people in all stages of their quits, some with days or weeks or months, some with many years. Welcome to EX, you are about to take steps to improve your life and to make yourself stronger emotionally as well as physically. When we smoke, we stuff our feelings down and when we STOP smoking...those feelings start to surface and sometimes they seem incredibly intense. Your addiction will tell you that you will feel better if you smoke. Your addiction LIES...you do not have to listen. Smoking does not make ANYTHING better, it does not relieve pain whether it is physical or emotional, it does not solve anger issues or sadness...when we quit, we begin the journey of GROWING UP...a journey that people who never smoked learned gradually as THEY grew up normally.
Spend as much time as you can on EX, READ, blog, ask for advice and TAKE it, believe that people here really want you to be successful because we all started at the beginning and we all remember what it was like.
Best to you,
Tired and water retention, yep, normal and it will pass.
Sounds funny, but drink more water. Will help you not retain as much and may indeed give you more energy Welcome to EX!
Welcome! Glad you're here! Lots of symptoms when we quit because our bodies have lots of readjustments to make, but they're all temporary. Not to worry!
Welcome to our community!
Here is a link to a blog that you might find helpful: Early Withdrawal Symptoms
If you don't read anything else, I strongly recommend Allen Carr's "Easy Way to Quit Smoking." Also watch this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpWMgPHn0Lo&feature=youtu.be. Both will help you understand what nicotine does to your body and mind.
Stay close, read and ask questions when you have them. I am glad you are here.
Great job, so proud of you for doing this.
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