Today's my 4th day as an ex smoker and I did it f cold turkey.
How wonderful.............................................Welcome to the "I wanna live club"
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Congratulations on quitting smoking. Hang on for dear life and enjoy the journey. Ultimately it makes life so much better. It takes time. Give it time. 4 days is huge and you did it.
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Congratulations on beginning your journey of freedom. Remember one day at a time. It is not an event but a journey. Enjoy and embrace the freedom you are creating. NOPE will keep you free no matter what. You are doing GREAT!! Hold on to your quit. NOPE no matter what is happening in your life.
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Day FOUR! Days galore! The nicotine is mostly out of your system now. The next couple of weeks will be your body adjusting to life without it, then it's just the associations and triggers in your life that you have to conquer.
The 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. You can search for it online or at your local library. If you do nothing else to get ready for your quit, please do give this a read.
You should also read the posts here and perhaps go to the pages of folks who you think might be helpful. You might visit whyquit.com, quitsmoking.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. Here is a video to inform you further about nicotine addiction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpWMgPHn0Lo&feature=youtu.be.
The idea is to change up your routines so the smoking associations are reduced. Drink your coffee with your OTHER hand in a place different from when you smoked. Maybe switch to tea for a bit. 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. Keep a cold bottle of water with you from which to sip. 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: https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/blogs/Youngatheart.7.4.12-blog/2013/02/25/100-things-to-do-instead-of-smokeThe 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!
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Hi Kathryn67 Welcome to Ex’s...so happy for your quit...4 days is great...keep close to here to get support and to encourage others in this journey...keep busy, drink lots of water...etc., ~ Colleen 302 DOF
Welcome to the site and congrats on your quit!
Good job Kathrine,
I am on day 11th...I quit cold turkey too. It's super hard but super fulfilling. This is what I am feeling: lack of concentration, up and down moods, cravings a lot but as days goes by they come less often and they are shorter . Some days I wonder why am I doing this to me but I know that is the drug talking, not my soul. Every day I think that tomorrow I will smoke....but today I won't. I am proud, very proud and happy to be free from the slavery that I lived for 41 years. We can...I know we can be free
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Welcome. Sorry I missed you're original post. Big congrats on your quit!
Hi, thank you for writing. I bought a pack...since 2 days I am smoking again. After 15 days of freedom I felt into a very deep depression...I just wanted to die, the withdrawal was unstandable. Cold turkey for an addict like me that has 41 years of slavery I think is too much. I plan on quitting again but I am trying to smoke just very few. Every time I try to quit it gets better....I have faith I will succeed one day.
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Have you thought about using an aid? Either NRT or Chantix or Welbutrin? All our emotions are brought to the surface when we quit. The emotional part can be difficult--I know it was for me. But 15 days is a big success so get right back on track. Has depression been a problem for you before? If it's too difficult you could speak with a doctor. Don't give up, you can do this
Thank you Barbara, I did consider medicaments but I am afraid to get addict to them. The only other time I got so depressed it was last year after 11 days of freedom. And yes, I think I need to see a doctor....the freedom might just trigger a sadness that I buried inside of me and that I cover since too many years. Barbara, I appreciate so much your support. Thank you, GRAZIE !!
Check into Webutrin with your doctor. I was actually used for depression and they discovered it help people to quit smoking. It's worth discussing with a doctor.
Thank you Barbara, I will
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