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Morning cravings

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  1. lucky
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    I am smoke free almost 5 weeks, but yesterday and this morning I got a real strong craving to smoke! I am not a morning person, it takes me usually an hour to get going (after my 2 cups of coffee)
    I felt lousy and tired, don't know that all of a sudden I am getting these morning cravings. I usually take the 21mg patch off at 11pm at night, but this is the first time in almost 5 weeks that it took all my willpower not to have a smoke. 
    I felt very restless and the need to move about, which helped and I drank some water, my mind was all over the place.
    Went right away to read in Smokers Helpline, which calmed me down.
    Still having a hard time falling asleep, takes usually a couple of hours
    I hope that this will pass!

  2. atp
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    Lucky,

    I was hit with some major cravings, like almost an entire day at a time, just after i passed 4 weeks. 
    Kind of a last gasp from the addict in my head. Mind you, I went cold turkey so at that point no nicotine in my system, it was all mental craving. I've heard others who quit also talk about the major last craving around weeks 4-6. I did the same as you and hopped onto smokers helpline for reassurance. 

    I'm at 10 weeks quit now. I still get the odd craving, but these are more passing flights of fancy as opposed to anything really physical. It is hard as smoking was such a big part of our lives for so many years, and that habit part doesn't just go away overnight. 

    At 5 weeks you are doing great and just need to keep working on getting used to being a non-smoker. 



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  3. lucky
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    Hi atp,

    Thank you, and congratulations on your 10 weeks! I don't want to think that far ahead, happy for every day I don't smoke.
    My mantra, which I repeat to myself is "I am able to breath" which keeps me motivated. I have chronic bronchitis and I just had to quit, because my cough and breathing got worse every day.
    I am so grateful for Smokers Helpline, and reading the posts from other smokers like you, is so helpful.

  4. brieffree
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    Hi Lucky

    I red your post, and yes it will pass, your body is healing everyday as far you don't smoke!
    In the morning when I crave I took a shower and the crave goes away!
    Try to get buzzy in something so you waste energy, then you will fail to sleep like a baby!

    5 weeks smoke free is incredible!

    You can do this! 
  5. efreeman75
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    Hi lucky,

    Way to keep the quit.  I too felt sort of 'lost' in the 2nd and 3rd month of my quit.  It takes a lot of physical and mental energy to quit and remain quit.  I think after a few weeks of being quit we are just tired.  This also makes us vulnerable.  Keep your willpower positive and you will get through it.  You mention that coming on here helps, so come here often.  If mornings remain bad, perhaps you should consider changing your routine.  I was the opposite of you - always into my office by 6:30 in the morning before I quit.  Likely rushed so I could get those first 3 cigarettes in during my drive.  Now that I've quit, I'm lucky to be in my office before 9:00.  I spend that time at home, planning my day, making a healthy breakfast and actually eating it at the table.  Enjoying a coffee with my wife, before walking the kids to the bus stop.  I like my new routine much better!

    I've read about time during our quits around 2-4 months referred to as "No Man's Land" where we stumble around, not knowing what to do.  It's perfectly normal and part of the journey to complete freedom. 

    Quitting smoking is a huge adjustment - You're doing great!!!
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