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3 months today .
yesterday was a better day for me , I’m making sure I get relaxation In and really work on calming this anxiety , I know right now it’s the root of how bad I’m feeling . I’m the opposite to most of you and I force myself to do those things that I feel I have no energy for etc , I keep busy and make time for exercise , something I enjoy doing and a meditation and unwind before bed, I have to or my anxiety and low mood will get the better of me , I get out a lot during the day . I have a long way to go on working on my emotions and life’s challenges without a smoke , I have no desire for one and know I’m done on that front so no real urge to cause a relapse , what I’m not enjoying is how I’m feeling but it’s patience with the process and giving my body that time to heal . This wasn’t a planned quit but more a forced quit and its turned out to be the best way for me because the fear of withdrawals and failure due to my anxiety disorder made me scared of even trying , I was always waiting for that right moment and there never would have been one , as it happens the quit started at the most stressful time ever and with my anxiety already high .
It’s been tough and many up and downs , here’s to the next month
Quit July 23rd 2019
Please try and go on your road trip , I know you are not feeling great and are lacking motivation but it might be what you actually need to help turn things around , change of scenery and routine and relaxing . We would all like our bodies to heal and feel the real benefits of the hell we are going through but 3 months is kind of early after years of abuse . You’ll get there Michele xx
Thank you! We both have anxiety issues in common. It makes it so hard to live a normal life, especially without smoking. The main problem I have with this trip is we're going to a place where we've been many times before, so I associate the whole trip with smoking. I will just have to get over this trigger like I have all the other ones. Trying not to focus on the fact that I smoked in certain places every other time we went. I'm going to do my best to enjoy the fall foliage as a non-smoker.
I could have written what you just wrote. Anxiety, force quit, fear of withdrawal, and fear of failure, etc. Wow! That's me in a nutshell.
You and I will both be fine! We are not quitters, so we have this! Hang tough!
It really does make life hard and now taking smoking away that you felt kept you calm or in my case that little bit braver , if I was struggling in a situation I’d leave have a smoke and back to it , now I need to find ways to deal with all these emotions without smoking . Ive faced a fair few triggers but there’s always more to come .
My avoidance list was soo long due to anxiety that my quality of life was dismal , anywhere that caused me anxiety or a panic attack was then avoided , I couldn’t leave the house alone and even with a safety person there were places avoided and couldn’t go too far from home .I’ve come a long way in that sense but it’s like doing it all over again as a non smoker and proving to myself that I can , it’s then that I feel my anxiety spike , like I’m lost , I don’t want to light up but don’t know what to do type thing so re learning how to deal with emotions .
we will get past this xx
I totally understand. I can't drive very far away from home by myself, and sometimes I can't drive over big bridges at all. I read an article that said that nicotine can be a cause of panic/anxiety disorder. I'm thinking , well I quit so why doesn't it go away? I don't like taking meds, but I literally can't function without them. I also know I won't start smoking again, as I couldn't take the early weeks again. There is no way I'm going through that Hell again! I thought to reach the 3rd month was the key too, but the veteran quitters on the forum said that you have to reach your 4th month. Everybody is different, so there is always hope that it can end sooner for some.
Well done getting tru u are over the hardest time now onto your 4th month you can do it.
Mary 11 months
I seem to be back on an even keel again thankfully , the mood isn’t as low as it was those 2 weeks and my anxiety is manageable again . The weather has turned quite cold here like a switch with daylight savings so I’m thankful I’m no longer in and out smoking as it gets colder and colder . Hope everyone else is hanging in there too
It is great to read that your moods are lifting again. You are reaching a type of peace in the quit. When I started my quit, I read that some people will experience the peace somewhere between 120-140 days quit. This drug addiction is wicked tough and will bring you to your knees at times because it won't leave quickly. It is so darn hard to keep doing this day by day but I promise it will get better and you will be so proud of yourself when you hit that 1 year. Show that nicotine monster that you are in charge and not him!! You are going to Nail This!! Keep up the awesome job of ending your addiction.
"Quitting isn't for Sissies!" I quit poisoning myself Sept. 27, 2013
It’s annual mini vacation booking time , it’s 4 days away but it will be the first time going through the airport and on vacation as a non smoker . Couldn’t get the same hotel but everything else will be the same . Usually booking a vacation causes my anxiety to spike at just the thought of being far away from home , I tend to smoke a LOT more the lead up to leaving , this time I learn to manage my anxiety without my ‘ friend ‘ just as I have this past 3 months . There will be triggers although there should be a sense of great relief and freedom especially when it comes to being in the airport and travelling , being in the hotel and not having to treck all the way down and outside to smoke.
im still at this peaceful phase , no cravings just passing thoughts again , my body on the other hand is still protesting so I can’t say I feel a pillar of health , stomach issues and gum issues . What’s weird is you read that your skin and hair will be amazing , hmm well I feel like a teen with the amount of spots coming up and my hair ugh , lucky if I can go 3 days without it looking greasy , if anything both are worse now since quitting, never been troubled with spots .
hope everyone is doing well and things are getting easier
quit July 23rd 2019