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Posted in Reasons to quit 14 Sep 2020

I recently quit smoking and I mean like yesterday afternoon. Today for some reason I can’t get moving. I am so tired. I don’t know if I’m getting sick or if it is from

Not smoking. I can’t even tell you how many years off and in I smoked. More on than off. But it’s been a while and I do remember the irritability and depression but never being this tired. Anyone’s opinions. This would be greatly appreciated

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  • Red-67 September 14, 2020 | 5:04
    Hi, denisepo; Welcome :)
    Tired, lethargic, sleepy, it's all fairly common. Nicotine is a stimulant, plus many, if not most, experience a little depression. You are addicted to smoking, not just nicotine. We let it define, and control us. For me, the worst part, was, what I called my starter. For too many years, everything started and ended with a smoke. After 45+ years of being a stupid slave to them, the withdrawal was the easy part. Learning to think, and do things, without that smoke, took several weeks. Stick with it. This will pass. I drank more coffee, to help me get going, even though my coffee always came with a smoke :) You Can do this. Make it your successful, QUIT, not just another stop for a while. You will be glad you did :)
  • Red-67 September 14, 2020 | 5:12
    More accurately, my coffee had always come with a smoke. A stiff drink, or a good cold beer, virtually never happened, without that D**N smoke.. These are common triggers that I decided to face head on. Many dodge triggers in the beginning. Do what works for you, and just QUIT. Sure, you may feel bad for a little while, but it is so worth it.. :)
  • Happiness September 14, 2020 | 6:57
    I have yet to meet anyone who regrets quitting smoking. I will let that speak for itself. While most experience some changes to their moods, sleep and ambitions , it all passes. Embrace the quit with an open heart and mind. I swear it makes it easier.
  • weewillem September 14, 2020 | 7:39
    Have you ever met a smoker who didn't want to quit? A few fays of discomfort against spending the rest of your life smoking.
  • Red-67 September 14, 2020 | 8:47
    That is an interesting question. The answer is yes. Many, if not most, smokers, like myself, ( thought they smoked because they enjoyed in and wanted to. ) Until something changed their mind, like me. When I decided I wanted to quit, 3 1/2 years ago, I quit. What I have a hard time grasping, is someone ( saying they want to quit ) for months, or years and still smoking. But, that's how the addiction to smoking works. That is why we say, you have to want to quit, more than you want to smoke, and just take control of your own mind... :)
  • Happiness September 14, 2020 | 21:48
    Yes to both Red and Wee william ( And so nice to hear from you!) I think most smokers wish they could quit. Some might truly enjoy smoking, but would they if they if they really gave thought to it? Would they still enjoy it if they knew why we rationalized it all these years? While concluding that of course our health would be much better without smoking, we continued to smoke because we were afraid that we could not quit. Afraid we would fail. To save face we try to convince others and ourselves that we do it because "of course we enjoy it!" What we enjoy is relieving the craving by lighting up.

    So nice to not be at its beck and call. To not be constantly interrupted. To take back control.
  • Red-67 September 15, 2020 | 5:52
    I have to disagree. Fear of failure can only happen when you are thinking that you want to quit. I am speaking from my own experience, and other smokers I have known most of my adult life, who never really thought about quitting, or wanted to quit. Sure we knew we should quit, but did not want to. This is why I describe it as being a stupid slave to SMOKING :) Yes, it is the addiction to SMOKING, that keeps the brain thinking that way, until some little trigger comes along, and changes our thought process. Then, and only then, the idea of wanting to quit, and for some, the fear of failure comes into play. For me, the only fear, or dread, was not knowing how miserable I would be, and for how long. Some may have to try, and fail a few times, but the key is that real desire, or WANT to quit, that has to start the process..

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