Is it normal to feel a little depression after a quit? That's what I'm dealing with now and it's hard to shake it.
In just a few............you are going to feel completely different.......because they are on their way..........
YOU GOT THIS!!!
Miles of Smiles..........
I separated the loss and the feelings of my quit and understanding what to do when the feeling of loss pops up. Makes it easier. I got this
What you are experiencing is completely normal. A lot of us self-medicated for depression with smoking - if it doesn't lift as you work on it, or gets worse, check with your doctor. Here is a blog you might find helpful as you navigate these early days: Early Withdrawal Symptoms.
You should try to get some dopamine in healthier ways. Any brisk exercise will do it - including dancing to your favorite music, or going up/down stairs, or doing a few jumping jacks, or going for a quick walk. You can also get a bit of it from eating chocolate, or singing out loud along with some favorite tunes. Dopamine is the drug that you miss when you quit smoking.
Hang in there - and do get moving!
It can be totally normal. If, however, you have suicidal thoughts or cannot function 'normally' for two weeks or so, please seek professional help! Depression means different things to different people. And we care about you
No thoughts like that. Guess it will pass
Lots of change both physical and psychological occur when you quit smoking. We all know how bad smoking is for health reasons. Smoking causes a change in your brain so when you stop your brain needs time to adapt.
Life After You Quit Smoking
Yup I am depressed right now too.... feel like crying, just want to go to bed, drink, or something to make it go away.
Today is my first day without the patch. but I was depressed before today.
I hope you get better, i have no solution for you at this time except to feel for you deeply.
I too am sad.
peace and blessings
Pam DOF 20
Sending good thoughts your way and hugs
MOVE! Get up and MOVE! Do a few jumping jacks, dance to your favorite music, do a few sets of steps. go for a brisk walk - even if only around your house or up and down a hallway.
I guarantee you will feel better -- maybe not 100% - but better
pktabron I really hope you are feeling better and that the depression is lifting. Remember that there are always going to be good days and bad days and remember also that exercise really DOES help.
Depression is normal early in a quit...we have to learn to replace smoking with something HEALTHY that makes us feel happy. I spent every morning and every evening on this site, reading and commenting and learning how others were keeping their quits. It gets easier...I promise. We used smoking to fill time and to comfort us even though it was killing us...we didn't think about that part. That is why quitting is a journey...one day at a time.
Hang in there.
It was like a grieving process at times.
There are no short cuts or cheats. There are tools to make the road easier, so please talk to your doctor if things seem insurmountable for any length of time.
Please know that smoking is not a cure/fix for depression, although it seemed like it, at times. I remember thinking “I would just feel so much better”.
Nah, we wouldn’t. That’s just addiction talking.
YouCAN do this!!!
I don’t know what I would do without you guys. Thank you so much for your help and continued support. Fighting the urge is fighting the depression or as you call it a loss. I’m headed to the right track. Love ya all.
How are you doing? I hope well! The depression gets to me also. I may not ever see your response because I don’t understand this site it’s very difficult for me to navigate but I will try I hope all is well I’m trying to battle this depression myself
Almost 30 days and still depressed
I think I have a handle on the bouts of depression. Whenever it hits me I tell myself that the loss of cigarettes is a Celebration and not a cause for depression. I guess you have to show the addiction who’s the Boss. Stay Strong
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Seems that of those who quit smoking, about a third are relieved and proceed forward kinda happy, about a third find quitting somewhat difficult, and another third find quitting to be extremely difficult. If I felt depressed it was buried under fear, anger and anxiety. I wanted to feel happy about quitting (quit cold turkey 2013, found ex in 2016), but I wondered in the wilderness. It's so different for each person. I made it to a far happier place eventually, and I have no doubt that as long as you work your smobriety you to will reclaim your life one day at a time. It is not weird though to be a bit off in the beginning. Keep the faith.
Thanks for the positive post. Sometimes I feel like I’m on a seesaw but happy to say that the ups outweigh the downs. Today was difficult but I got through it. Crazy journey isn’t it?
Crazy is right...it really is an emotional roller coaster but it gets better!
I wonder why mornings are the worst. Takes me a while to get through the morning crave
Have you completely changed up your morning routine? If you have done some things - then do MORE. You will need to erase all traces of your former AM process. Maybe get tennies on right out of bed (bed hair and all!) and go for a quick, brisk walk. THEN home to a shower, and then maybe some juice or tea instead of coffee, and THEN come here and check in?
The better you get at eliminating the triggers and associations, the easier it will be. After you have been quit for awhile, you can try to go back to your former routine, if you want.
This does take some effort in the beginning - but it IS worth it, I promise!
I think a lot of people connected smoking with mornings, those who connected it with evenings have the hardest time then. Youngatheart.7.4.12 is right...change your routine...it WILL help.
Yes, the ups and downs can make one feel...crazy! Keep up the good work.
Hey Ralph, etc. I'm with you, mister. I'm on my third, as of late, quit. This time, since 19 July, when I bummed that one cig from a stranger after a live show. have spent a lot of time in bed these last two days. And if I am up, all I want to do is eat. This is an awful lot of reality for me. But I am trying. God knows, I am trying so hard. Hang in here, friend. And I will too. --RedPepper
It does get better redpepper. Give it some time and give yourself some credit for trying...this is a journey and many of us started and stopped more than once. Keep going...you will get to a point where you realize you never thought of smoking for a whole day AND you didn't eat a refrigerator either. It gets better! Stay close to the site and read blogs...comment...talk to us, let us know how you are doing. We are here and we all want you to help. There are no shortcuts...believe me, I looked for them.
Right there with you. This is my 3rd quit and what I found was whenever I get an urge to smoke instead of eating food I go for Italian ices, fresh fruit or lemonade. It’s working too. I also think an important part of a quit is talking to someone but not just a friend but someone who is also going through the quit process. This forum is great but I think it’s a great idea to talk with a fellow ex smoker feeling what we’re feeling
Thanks, Ralph. I think you're onto something with talking to someone in person or live or close by. Problem is, my craves come on so fiercely and quickly, then suddenly I'm unable to find anyone. I dunno. I mentioned in my blog a few weeks ago about being at my desk or sitting, period. I cannot sit or I want to smoke. These days, I cannot stand or I want to smoke. Jeez whiz. And what's worse is that --at least these last few days--I am completely unable to concentrate on anything at all. I feel mentally challenged. I am mentally challenged. My typing skills have gone out the window, too. Coordination, too. I walk into a room and cannot remember why I went there. I am forgetting things--leaving things on/running when I leave house, etc. And my vision seems to have changed 100%. My contacts aren't working anymore. Good golly, Miss Molly. YIKES! Glad you're here, folks. All of you!
Wow you really do need to calm yourself down my friend. I know it’s not easy and I experienced some of that too but it will pass. I’m here for you my friend.
BREATHE redpepper deep breath in through the nose...hold it and then exhale through pursed lips very slowly. Kind of like the way you smoked. It really does help. I had a doctor tell me once that the reason so many smokers complain of confusion and disorientation when they first quit is because they have forgotten how to breathe. I laughed it off but, you know what, he was right. BREATHE...make that your only focus for now.
Tears are okay...really, they won't hurt you.
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