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Day 5 and its finally getting easier (i hope)

Posted in Quit experiences 21 Sep 2017

So I'm going to share about how I've found each day so far, as I have a quit experience journal going on so I can see how things change. and hopefully its helpful so someone :) It's been a very difficult few days but I think the hardest bit is over. I have gone from smoking 25+ smokes a day to none, if I can do it you can to :)

Day one - was the easiest, it was a Sunday, so I hibernated at home with my puppy dog and my partner and vegged out on the couch watching TV all day (well I read nearly a whole book that day.) I didn’t seem to crave a smoke at all, I was feeling so happy about the whole situation. I slept awful though, woke up at 3:30am and was awake for about an hour and tossed and turned for the rest of the night.

Day two Today was a tough day, I felt so tired from the night before’s crap sleep, I had a headache majority of the day, I was quite snappy with people (which made me feel awful) and I swear people at work was trying to push me to my limits, (of course they weren’t it was all just in my head) I seemed okay after work though I got home and pretty much clinged to my partner for the night I just felt as if I needed to be close to him. I sat with him outside while he had a smoke and we listened to the rain, it was quite nice even though I wasn’t smoking. but then another crap nights sleep I woke at least 5 times through the night and tossed and turned all night. So I think going to bed early was good to make up for all the time I was awake through the night.

Day three So today I woke up feeling lousy because of such a crappy night’s sleep, but I got up and put more effort into my hair and make-up this morning to pass some time before work, so I didn’t crave a smoke... Today I have felt a little irritable, but I have been keeping myself busy at work. My work mates are very supportive and I have mentioned I am a bit snappy, and they have said when I get a bit snappy they will just leave me alone, which I think will help as well. I’m craving extremely sweet things today, which is a worry because I don’t want to gain weight… going to start a fitness challenge next week though which should be fun and take out any frustration I have. My sense of smell seems to be returning a bit more, I can smell the littlest things I wouldn’t have ever smelt before. I’ve had a bit of a headache on and off all day. Once again a crap night’s sleep I was pretty much up from 3am…

Day Four I just woke up today knowing it was going to be my worst day, I started my day angry due to lack of sleep and quitting I suppose & a major migraine, driving to work I realised I hadn’t taken my garbage bin out which almost made me burst into tears, I just wanted to hide away in my bedroom all day so I didn’t risk taking it out on anyone. I would do anything for a smoke today, but I can’t otherwise ill fall back into it and I don’t want that. I’m so grateful though, I have a good friend at work who will be there if I need to vent/scream/cry so when it starts getting bad I know I can turn to her. Today I felt really sick, I had a few really hot flushes and nearly vomited a few times. It wasn’t a nice day at all. Slept a tiny bit better, only woke at 1am, 3am, 5am and 7am so it was a much better sleep still not great though I was restless all night.

Day five (Today) Today I have woken feeling so much better. I actually have a good feeling about today, I’m hoping the hardest bit is over now! Just hoping no one treads on my nerves today and it continues to be a great day, and I get a well-rested sleep. As I’m getting to the point where I’m struggling to keep my eyes open at work and that’s not good! I’ve become so thirsty today! It’s unbelievable! Five glasses of water by 9:30am.. I've only been awake for 2 hours. But I'm thinking positive today.

I hope the worst is now over!

I treated myself and spent $25 on some nice bath products so that makes me happy, knowing I can afford to treat myself here and there now :)

I hope this may help someone as well. I've still got a long way to go but each day I'm smoke free is another day to be super proud of myself! Cos I never thought I could do it :)

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  • Robn September 21, 2017 | 10:15
    Go girl, well done with your quit journey. There will be many hurdles along the way, but none that you can not defeat with a positive attitude.
    Stay strong and enjoy the many benefits of being a non smoker.
  • butters1996 September 21, 2017 | 11:27
    Thank you Robn, feeling very positive now, I have had a lot of doubts and its been rough few days, but things are looking up now :)
  • Johnnie, South Eastern Sydney September 21, 2017 | 15:57
    Hi Butters and welcome to the site. It is hard me and every other quitter knows that. However, try and last the first 14days which is the make or break. Use nrt lozenges or whatever that may help you. Believe me you will find it gets a lot easier once you break those 14days. I smoked fir 52yrs and been quit 14mths so i do know what you going through. Cheers and keep posting often . We are all here to help and offer advice.
  • Leahh September 23, 2017 | 22:49
    You've got this. It is really hard sometimes. I've found that keeping it in my head that smoking is not an option no matter what is helpful for me. It's been 16 days on my end and I am doing alright. I have moments of craving here and there but they are much less than I anticipated. I'm also experiencing the "my lungs are clearing out all this nasty crap". This is gross but also exciting as I am so happy to be getting rid of the tar and crap in my lungs. Keep us posted and reach out when you need. We're all here for support!

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