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7 days and having a lot of anxiety

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  1. alexjw
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    Hi Everyone 
    This is the second time I have seriously tried to quit. I am 7 days without smoking and feel awful stomach nausea and anxiety. I want to stay strong and thought joining this would help me. Anyone have any suggestions for nausea. I am off today and tomorrow and feel like staying in bed. I feel like I have the flu and have for days working was hard this week. 
  2. jennifer, quit coach
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    15 Sep 2018 in reply to alexjw
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    Hi alexjw,

    So sorry to hear that you are struggling today ... it sounds like you are having a rough time with withdrawal symptoms. Glad you've joined us - you are in the right place for support!

    Are you using any quit aids? They can help, methods like the patch, gum etc. can lessen withdrawal and cravings while you get used to not smoking. While people do quit cold turkey, it makes it somewhat easier if you've got some support underneath your quit.

    Feel free at any time to give us a call at Smoker's Helpline, we're here Monday through Thurs. from 8 am to 9 pm, Fridays from 8 am to 6 pm and Sat. Sundays 9 - 5 pm. We'd love to hear from you!

    Hang in there and come by anytime to let us know how you are doing...

    All the best,

    Jennifer
  3. alexjw
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    16 Sep 2018 in reply to jennifer, quit coach
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    thank you I definitely need support and with my 89 year old mom smoking and not about to quit. Right now I am so nauseous so not interested in aids having trouble eating so there is that. 
    I appreciate all words of support  
  4. treepeo
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    Hi alexjw,

    Congratulations on being smoke free for over a week!  That is a really great accomplishment and you should be really proud of yourself.

    I am sorry that you are feeling sick.  Unfortunately, we can experience a lot of different withdrawal symptoms, none of which are pleasant.  I used to try to sleep as much as possible, because when you sleep, you don't crave.  So if you feel like staying in bed, why not do so?  These symptoms aren't going to last forever.  They will pass.  I always say a little bit of pain for a lifetime of gain.

    Hang in there, alexjw.  It will get better eventually.  But you have to go through some rough patches before things start to improve.
  5. alexjw
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    17 Sep 2018 in reply to treepeo
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    Thank you so much Treepeo 
    I need all the encouragement I can get and feel like staying in bed but must work today but slept a lot thank you  
  6. schnarps
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    18 Sep 2018 in reply to alexjw
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    Hi Alexjw,

    How are you holding up? I am rooting for you to stay strong!

    I am on day 3 and I also feel like sleeping all day. I certainly feel somewhat depressed today.

    Here is to succeeding togehter!!
  7. madeleine, quit coach
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    Hi Schnarps,

    Congratulations on day 3 of your quit! Changes to your mood can be a common withdrawal symptom and we encourage you to reach out for support if you need it. Supports can include friends, family, health care professionals, or calling a Quit Coach at Smokers' Helpline - 1-877-513-5333. 

    Keep us posted,

    Madeleine
  8. alexjw
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    22 Sep 2018 in reply to schnarps
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    Hi Schnarps
    Its a bit better like an inch still tired and weirdly emotional thank you for rooting for me I just hit 14 days and holding on. I can't get over the exhaustion and I can't drink coffee or even think about wine not that I was a big drinker but just link those things to smoking. You stay strong too I know it has to get better nicotine is a drug and everyone has there own chemistry to work through. I wish I was more up and less exhausted but I have to believe it is worth it !!!!
    Thanks 
  9. brieffree
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    Hi Everyone

    Congratulations to all who is trying to be free and those who are free already!
    No matter what if you try and try you reach your goal!
    Do not let Nico demon win, you are stronger!

    Hang in there! you can do this!
  10. eagerquit
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    Hi alexjw and schnarps,

    Congratulations on going smoke free. You are doing great! The first days and weeks can be challenging but it is very much worth the efforts. Having a quit plan in place to avoid coffee and wine and other triggers is very important. I too went off coffee to green tea which is a good antioxidant. Quitting is entirely possible. I am now enjoying 200 days of smoke free bliss and Brieffree and Treepeo above have much more than me.

    Wishing you both another smoke free day.

    Eagerquit
  11. alexjw
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    23 Sep 2018 in reply to brieffree
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    thank you as I have reached day 15 I keep thinking yes its okay dont feel great have removed my most difficult areas of temptation for the most part but worried about a work conference next saturday in the US for 6 days and have to be strong 
  12. alexjw
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    Thank you so much eagerquit - I am just having a very light coffee with almond milk and actually got up before 10am today on my sunday off the last 2 weekends I just stayed in bed dreading starting the day but today I managed even though I don't have to work I am feeling a bit better and know it will improve just so hard when you are in it ..I look forward to getting through this tough patch thank you for your support 
  13. marianne, quit coach
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    Hello alexjw,

    As eagerquit mentioned, having a plan in place is so important. So for your work conference next Saturday, feel free to share your strategies with us.  This will indeed lessen your anxiety when you think ahead, empowering you and in turn giving you the conference to go less worried.  

    Congratulations on your quit, you got this!  We here to walk with you on your journey so connect with us and members to be there for you.  

    Best to you,

    Marianne
  14. treepeo
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    Hi alexjw,

    Congratulations for making it past the two week mark!  That is truly wonderful, and good for you!

    It's good that you are thinking ahead to the conference you have to attend and how to handle the stress.  I don't know if you have written a list yet, but if you haven't, maybe write a list of all of the reasons why you want to quit, and bring it with you.  Put it somewhere you can look at it easily.    

    These days I am more mindful than ever about how few people still smoke.  I know if someone smokes because I can smell it.  Actually, they reek, and it makes me ashamed that I reeked my whole life, too.  So try to pay attention to the people around you.  I think you will find that the majority of them don't smoke.  And don't you find you feel more confident now when you are talking to people, because you know you don't have bad breath and don't reek of smoke?  That is a huge burden you no longer have to carry on your shoulders.

    Try giving yourself some pep talks.  You are doing one of the hardest, but most important, things you could ever do for yourself.  You are quitting smoking.  Be proud of yourself, and get excited, too.  You have worked so hard to get to this point.  Keep it going, because it is sooo worth it.  YOU are worth it.  Be kind to yourself.  Give yourself little treats to celebrate your victories.  You can do this, alexjw.  Believe in yourself.
  15. alexjw
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    25 Sep 2018 in reply to marianne, quit coach
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    Yes 18 days !!! and I just keep focused and mark every day on my calendar as an achievement ...I also text my son and just keep telling friends for reinforcement my anxiety is a few inches better and my nausea still there but getting a bit better ...trying to focus on the day to day 
    thank you for the encouragement 
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