How do I cope with all the moods, dizziness and nausea when I don’t smoke. Is this normal?
Welcome to the community!
If you are not using an NRT, the nicotine should be out of your body in about three days, then it's a couple of weeks for it to adjust to life without nicotine. You might take OTC for any nausea. The moods are something that comes from the physical (and psychological) dependence and will abate as time passes. Exercise (preferably outside if you can) helps with that. Be sure to get up slowly to reduce any dizziness upon standing, and don't start to walk right away. There are a LOT of drugs in cigarettes, and it's a challenge for your body to figure out how to work without them. Be kind to you during this process.
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 easy and entertaining read provided a world of good information about nicotine addiction, most of which I was not aware. I credit it in large part with my success at quitting. You can search for it online or at your local library.
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.
After you have completed the recommended reading, it will be time to make an informed choice of the quit aid, if any, you will use. If you go that route, I personally recommend the aids that don't let the addict control the dose such as the available prescription drugs or the patch. If used properly, gum, lozenges and inhalers are fine, but they need to be used only as a last resort after you have tried to delay and distract. I have seen folks become addicted to them if they substitute them for every cigarette they used to smoke - just trading one addiction for another. You need to start out with a plan to reduce use of them over time - which the patch does by decreasing the dose contained in them.. For the gum, you can start by cutting each piece in half, then in quarters, then sub regular gum of the same flavor in between, adding more and more regular gum. For the lozenge, you need to start subbing a mint in between to begin, increasing the number of them over time. I do not recommend the e-cigarette for four reasons: 1) the vapor has been compared to the polluted air in Bejing on a bad day, 2) they just provide another nicotine delivery system while continuing the hand to mouth smoking motion, 3) it maintains the addiction to nicotine, and 4) they are proving to be unsafe.
It will be informative if you do the tracking and separation exercises recommended here on the site. As you track each cigarette smoked, note its importance, and what you might do instead. Put each one off just a little to prove that you don't NEED a cigarette just because you think you do.
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-smoke
The 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!
Talk to your doc. Stay connected to Ex. Drink water, get exercise, rest, eat good food... The withdrawals do not last. Power through if you have to.
Do whatever it takes to take good care of yourself through withdrawal. Please know that once you get through it life is so much better even in unexpected ways. You are doing this. We are here for you.
I’m only 43 days into my quit and the withdrawal symptoms are terrible. The best advice I got was listen to your body. If you feel depressed and want to sleep all weekend, do it! If you want to eat a whole pint of ice cream, do it and don’t feel guilty. It’s a time to be gentle with yourself. I even took a day out of work because I was in bed crying all day.
The good news is, it’s temporary. You will feel better. You just have to love yourself enough to get through the hard part.
You can do this!
HI and Welcome to Ex’s...Caren001
I must be very lucky because I did NOT have mood swings, or any type of great discomfort when I quit. I have COPD from smoking, so I knew right from the start that the BUTT was NOT my friend! According to the American Lung Assn. “When you cannot breathe, nothing else matters!” And for me, that thought kept me quit!
I didn’t have a clue about the “addiction” part of smoking... I was a chronic clock-watcher as to WHEN I could have another one... How sad is that?
After decades of smoking i was able to stop “Cold Turkey” and never looked back. I read every post I could about Addiction. I read Allen Carr’s Book, “The Easy Way To Stop Smoking”... I prayed and joined the ol’ Quitnet several times before I finally got it...
The freedom I feel now that I don’t smoke... is truly priceless! I actually have a life now! I think about other things other than centering around WHEN can I have my next “Nicotine Fix”?
P.S. It is paramount to have a PLAN to quit smoking! I used the post from the old Quitnet called “The Quit Kit”. I have a copy of it if anyone wants it...
Welcome to the Ex. When did you quit smoking? Early in a quit what you're, what your experiencing is normal. Keeping busy helped me--just going for short walk helps to refocus. Be kind to yourself right now. If you need to be active or need to sleep, listen to your body right now. We're here to support you on your journey. Reach out if you need encouragement or just want to share you experience.
One day at a time,
Thank you it’s my first day so it’s hard especially with all that is going on.
Congrats on your first day. That's exciting. I know this is a stressful time for all of us, but remember there is always going to be stress in our lives whether we smoke or not. And you shouldn't be out in public now buying cigarettes. Remind yourself, I don't do that anymore.
If you haven't done so read posts on this site to educate yourself about nicotine addiction and create a quit plan. My EX Plan | BecomeAnEX Knowledge and preparation are keys to success. And the support on this site is priceless.
Welcome to the community Caren001 how are you doing today? We're all here to help you in any way we can....
Been better Marilyn this is my first day. And I am recovering from a stent.
and Thanks for asking - please take what HELPS and let go of the rest - to be HELPFUL is MY only aim - thank you - I prayed and asked MY God for HELP everday and I took all tge SUGGESTIONS made here and at whyquit.com and I read blogs - I watched early death video's at whyquit.com - Bryon's video brought ME out of MY DENIAL about MY NICOTINE ADDICTION and I blogged all the day long - I chewed buckets of double bubble - I drank tons of water and I exercised everday - I am so glad YOU decided to live and NOT SUCK ON DEATH STICKS any longer
Do you mean symptoms of quitting or getting ready to smoke?
Lean on as many people as you can here !! Lots of great advice, but be warned, sometimes we are brutally honest.
How are doing?
Breathe! Breathe Breathe!
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