i am 24 hrs in what should i expect or be looking for
msmatty1946 Being prepared and knowing what to expect makes the first week easier
I hope this chart helps you out some. All kinds information here and on different sites. Great crave buster looking things up
You can do this
This is great, Carl! Had not seen it before. Thanks for posting, Gramps :-)
Be prepared for a bumpy ride! Remember that relapse just brings you back to zero. Take your quit one minute at a time. You can do this! In a few days it will change. It's sooooo worth it!
I think I'd like to add that there may be mind games , there may be tears , lots of emotions in the first weeks , there will good days and not so good days , maybe even some doubt , even wanting to quit maybe ... but see it through ..... you are not alone and can do it .
Keep in mind not everyone is the same , not everyone's quit is the exact same but each of our quits have many similarities and if these things do happen for you remember you are healing and all these things are a normal part of quitting .
You can do it . Glad you are here . You will love being an ex .
How are you doing this evening msmatty1946? We're all here to help you through any rough patches that you may come upon.....
You should expect to find a powerful loving community of quitters here at Ex ready to support you 365. You get your quit done one day at a time. stick around, read, learn, blog, comment. Welcome to Ex.
I think it is different for everyone. You have up days and you have down days. I always found what helped me was to remember if I am having a particularly bad day that the chances I will have an extremely good day might follow, if not the next then for sure in the near future. That kept me feeling confident and no matter how hard it got I would never give up.
Welcome and congrats on your first day some free. I think that's the hardest day to make that commitment and stick to it. Everyone is different, but there are common physical and withdrawal symptoms. Here's one article on what to expect and you can also do a search on site. Did you create a quit plan? My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX Taking the Daily Pledge is also helpful to keep you on track for the day.
Quit Smoking Timeline — What Happens When You Stop Smoking
Stay close and reach out if you need help.
You have taken the biggest leap! You’re doing it nothing is harder than starting the quit. Good for you!
Hi msmatty! I lost a 67 day quit in March 2019. It took me a bit to go for it again, but here I am on day 4 of this last quit. There are challenging moments, but it's totally doable! I have been coming to this site a lot when feeling increased cravings. I think I learned a lot from my mistakes last time!
So far over the past four days, I have experienced some side-effects from the smoking cessation. I did experience quite a bit of fatigue initially, but today I felt pretty good! From past experience, I imagine fatigue might come and go a bit, but I'm trying to counteract this by eating healthy foods and taking care of myself!
Another symptom I have experienced at this time have been absolutely crazy dreams. I have been going to bed a little earlier since I don't have to spend my evening smoking, smoking, and smoking! Unfortunately, this means I have been waking up super, super early, whether I want to or not. Not too fun.
During my quit last year, my complexion got super bad, I coughed up all sorts of stuff, and my gums began to ache. So, those are things I am expecting to happen during this final quit. However, any of these side-effects from quitting smoking are pretty time-limited compared to the long-term effects of smoking cigarettes...which include poor health outcomes, a depleted bank account, social stigma, and daily personal regret! YOU CAN DO THIS!!!!
I was fatigued as well and my gums were bothering me too. Still are but not to same degree. Did your ever get better at some point? Thank you!
Honestly, I lost that quit before it ever got better. Now I am almost 6 days into this last quit and am looking forward to getting all of those toxins out of me so that I can move on to living a better life. It was a pretty rough day with some pop-up urges, but stayed committed to my pledge.
I have been thinking a lot about Thomas3.20.2010's comment below, that whatever side effects we encounter in this journey, they "are really the side effects of smoking!" NOPE!
Stay away from apricots. They's the pits!
What To Expect In The First Four Months
Please remember that all side effects of quitting are really side effects of smoking! That helped me to take it one day at a time knowing that with time it gets much better than an addicted smoker can feel! It's worth it.
Very important to keep a sense of humor about you when you quit. We tend to get very myopic and SERIOUS about it all. Yeah, it's tough, but humor helps give us a view from a different, very needed, perspective. This is not the end of our lives (as we sometimes morosely think), it's the beginning of a new life. One that's quite amazing, actually. You won't understand that until you get there, but trust us - freedom from this bugger is truly awesome!
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