I feel great physically.Mentally, I am angry, depressed, and easily upset, crying at the drop of a hat. Is this normal?
I'm around 6.5 weeks into my quit and feel like I'm on an emotional roller coaster at times. One thing that might be useful is to keep in mind that everyone's situation is different. If you're experiencing it, it's normal for you. Full stop.
Last weekend I was hanging out with my girlfriend watching a movie and suddenly burst into tears. Maybe ten seconds later I started laughing through my tears about something that happened earlier that day. It felt normal to me.
Yes, the crying then laughing is exactly right! Thank you for relating.
When we smoked, we hid from ALL of our emotions behind a cloud of smoke. And - we took a time out while we did so. Angry? Have a cigarette! Stressed? Have a cigarette! Hurt? Take a break and light one up! Bored? Have another! Part of the quit journey is learning to deal without that hit of dopamine and also to face our emotions head on.
See if brisk exercise helps, or dancing/singing to your favorite music, or watching a video and laughing out loud. All of those things provide the dopamine you are missing.
You should start to see your emotions settling down soon. Include some exercise in your daily life and I bet you will see a difference. Let us know!
Thank you for bringing all these points to light. It certainly feels like a break up... a lost relationship. Perhaps this is just part of the "grieving" process. I'm still quit, though. That's not an option this time!
There is physical and emotional withdrawal. I experienced little if any physical symptoms. Mine were more emotional. This can actually be from the loss of dopamine that the nicotine produced.
By normal, I'd say yes, meaning that many have felt what you've felt. BUT, it is treatable. If we feel physical pain that is unacceptable, then we seek help. Same is true for state of mind. This is about relearning life. For most of us, when we quit, we had not been without a cigarette for a day for decades and decades. It takes time to get the mind to stop obsessing about what was. Being willing to face the days without smoking (which you've done for 12 weeks, high five, you did it!) is how you grow out of the dependency.
Spend more time here. Let quitters be of help to you. And keep up the good work.
Today,I was very angry,frustrated,and depressed and taking things people said personal. I am on day 43 and I really need to apologise to a few coworkers tomorrow.
So I am relieved to know I wasn't the only one losing it today.
Hi! I just quit today. I had my last cigarette at 12:30 pm and have been using the gum so far. I feel a positive change. I'm kinda tired though, maybe that's just the way my body reacts to quitting. The hardest times are at night and in the morning. I know that's when I smoked the most. But I'm not gonna beat myself up if I ever slip. It's part of the process.
"Slipping" does not have to be part of the process. That is totally up to you. If you make the decision not to smoke another cigarette no matter what and learn to react to the addict within's temper tantrums by doing something besides smoking, you can be successful. Don't set yourself up for failure at this early juncture!
At the very least, come here and write a blog with the subject "HELP" before you light a cigarette. Give us time to check in and talk you down off the ledge. Write what you think is causing you so much to want to smoke. Sometimes, just writing it out is all that is needed to get past the crave.
Do you have a list of things to do instead of smoke handy? If not, I suggest you make one that includes things you can do instead of smoke. This quit thing takes effort and planning on your part, but I can guarantee that if you are successful, you will feel that it was worth it to be free.
I am going to add the following repost from Quitnet.
Newbies do you wonder why you feel so crazy sometimes?? Here is a reason for it
From ionronrote on 8/24/2004 6:36:51 PM
The biochemical healing process of our bodies once we are quit
From ionronrote on 4/21/2003 3:29:30 PM
The healing process is a biochemical one, that is behind our emotional upheaval, depression and crying we are not being able to help it. Its normal, we don`t have to panic over that just let it roll its ok. Nicotine is a perfect mimic of acetylcholine which is natural chemical our bodies produce. This controls emotions and reactions to things in our brains and sympathetic nervous system. The use of nicotine stops our bodies from producing acetylcholine. We stop the nic and bodies have to learn all over again to produce acetylcholine. This is why our emotions are literally all over the place, this can take a while to build back again. Just knowing this should help us to walk thru it better, it helped me a lot. We can explain this to our family, so that they will understand and not get upset with what we literally can`t help. The acetylcholine will come back I’m toward the end of this rebalancing, i still get some moments but overall I’m much calmer. Be patient this process takes time.
Lot of people think oh after 72 hours nic out of me I’m fine. yes the w/d part is done but then the rebuild and chemical rebalance takes a while longer, that`s ok it’s a steady slow improvement, it is the healing (your body learning to manufacture its acetylcholine again) this knowledge and patience with ourselves is what helps us get through this time because it is a normal part of the quit process.
I have been quit for 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 8 hours, 40 minutes and 23 seconds (141 days). I have saved $265.05 by not smoking 4,240 cigarettes. I have saved 1 Month, 1 Day, 9 hours and 20 minutes of my life.
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