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A Few issues i need advice on.

Posted in Hints and tips 16 Mar 2015

I am on champix and have been smoke free for 3 days now. ITs all going well the vivid dreams I find fun they don’t actually bother me it’s the waking up at 2am and staring at ceiling for hours trying to get back to sleep. I have tried the 4,7,8 technique it doesn’t work. So insomnia is killing me slowly. Any advice there I am thinking about speaking to my doctor about a form of sedation. My second issue is work. As soon as it hits 10am I think about smoking I don’t feel like one but it’s my routine and then I start stressing. When I am at home I never have these urges. Exercise is a good mood changer but I can’t go for a run when I am at work so something to deter my mind would be great. Finally I am avoiding all my friends and social events due to smokers when can I face them again and not feel stressed and out of place because I want to smoke for the sake of smoking but don’t feel like it. Also whenever someone asks me “how’s the non-smoking going” I want to punch them in the face as I was till they brought it up now my brain is thinking about it???? EEERRRRGGGGHHHHHH… perhaps its best to just take 3 weeks off work and hide till it all subsides LOL!!

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  • Belinda46 , Southern NSW March 19, 2015 | 18:12
    I am also on the champix , haven't had a cigarette now for 5 days , I am fi ding the same issues as you , especially at work , I have taken to chewing gum or sucking on a lollipop , sometimes I avoid having that break at all , and the thought of punching someone when they ask me is all to true , I also have downloaded some quit smoking apps on my phone they help a little , I think the only reason I want the cigarette is because it's habit and it's what I did for so many years , it's a hard habit to break , good luck :)
  • MichelleP March 20, 2015 | 11:17
    You are fighting with your brain. Tell your brain to "butt out too" and read up on the will power stories on this site. It might help. I fight my brain too when it keeps telling me that one won't hurt. I hate the whole habit breaking so understand your problem. Keep going, it gets better....LOL ...says me of 43 days clean! We will all get there. Congratulations on trying.
  • stackie March 21, 2015 | 19:44
    Well I am one week strong.. The aggression is still there but the urges have become less and less.. Fingers crossed I am as successful in week two
  • JimmG April 26, 2015 | 10:10
    hey how's it all going? hope you are staying strong..This might help to stay on top of craving.

  • stackie April 26, 2015 | 11:55
    I haven't slipped up once. I have turned to running and fitness. If I have a stressful day I just keep my cool then burn it with a run in the afternoon. I have cravings still after a month of no smoking but it's minor and I barely notice them now :) I feel great.
  • JimmG April 26, 2015 | 13:02
    I too found running a good way to keep the thoughts at bay..Long diaphragmatic breathing helped me as well.
  • Alana May 05, 2015 | 22:39
    i gave up 2 year 4 months i feel so good i quit on champix and it works as long you don't go near smoking for first few mouths . I changed my life around at first i did thing i had never doin before . one thing i will say you can do as well just take my day at time and good luck everyone get help you need and quit for life to say alive good luck to each and everyone of you .xxx

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