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This too shall pass.

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  1. quitfriend
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    I have had some pretty big cravings lately and have felt depressed at times but I am still smoke-free. I’ve got to push myself to get ready for the day and that gets me over one hump. Sometimes I miss smoking but not all the time, thank goodness. I think I’ve got to get up earlier and make myself a list of things I want to accomplish that day. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated. 
  2. quitfriend
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    I pushed through the day. Got some things accomplished and even went for a walk on my treadmill. Tonight I did some journaling about how I was feeling and that seemed to really help. 9 days smoke-free. 
  3. renee, quitcoach
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    07 Dec 2019 in reply to quitfriend
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    Hello Quitfriend,

    Congratulations on quitting smoking! That is a huge accomplishment.

    Everything you have mentioned above is very normal and will pass. Everyone who quits smoking has cravings and depression is a common withdrawal symptom. Please ensure you see your doctor if you feel your depression is worsening or not getting any better after a few days or so. It is also normal to miss smoking.

    I think going for a walk on a treadmill is a great way to help you stay quit. Exercise can make quitting easier. I also like the idea of doing a to do list each morning. 

    Keep up the great work and we are all rooting for you!

    Renee
  4. port
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    I am experiencing a lot of anxiety and low feelings. Anyone else feel like this??
  5. quitfriend
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    Hi port.

    i experienced a lot of anxiety and some low level depression very early on in my quit. What helped me was to research ways to combat those feelings and apply what I learned each time I recognized one of those feelings. Some of the things I used were deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation and journaling. If these feelings persist or become troubling, don’t hesitate to see a doctor. 

    I hope this helps. 
  6. want2livelong
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    Way to go Quitfriend
    I feel your pain. I really want to make this work too. Lots of deep breathing (without wheezing is nice).
    I'm sending you lots of positive energy. You can do this!

    Cheers and great job on the treadmill and journalling.  I like to use a sketch pad and draw.

  7. optimist
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    I feel like smoking a cigarette or 2 right now, and the thoughts of a glass of wine are also appealing.  Have felt like this periodically throughout the day.  I won't do either, of course.  Just sayin'
  8. treepeo1
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    Hi optimist,

    It is funny that you should post this right now, because I went for my usual after dinner walk tonight and it popped into my head that gee, I wouldn't mind having a smoke.  And I quit over 3 years ago!  It just goes to show how powerful this addiction is.

    What I tell myself is that if I lit up now, it wouldn't be the nirvana I think it would be.  It would burn my throat and make me light-headed.  And just one puff would ruin all the work I put into my quit.  I wouldn't be able to stop.  Now that is a sobering thought.

    Stay strong, optimist.  You are not alone, and you are stronger than your addiction.
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