06 Feb 2020
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I quit cold turkey 3 years ago and can relate to what you are feeling. It is normal to experience a bunch of different withdrawal symptoms. It is not easy to get through them, I know. But when you made the decision to quit, you had to know that it wouldn't be easy. As to how long the symptoms will last, it depends on the person. In my case, I suffered for the first month. Then it started to get better. A month may seem like a long time, but it really isn't when you consider how long we smoked. I smoked for over 43 years, so in the scheme of things, a month is nothing.
I also have to say that I agree with you about sticking to the cold turkey and not using NRTs. You have made it this far, you can go all the way. But you have to be patient. Try not to worry too much about the withdrawal symptoms you are experiencing. Take time to breathe deeply. Think about all the reasons why you want to quit. Imagine how nice it will be to live life as a non-smoker. No more smoker's breath, no more smoky clothes, yellow fingers and teeth, no more skulking about trying to find a place where you can light up. You will be able to eat and drink without having to run out for a cigarette. You will be able to enjoy conversations with family and friends without thinking, :"Wow, I need a smoke." You will get rid of your smoker's cough. You will be able to climb a flight of stairs without huffing and puffing. Honestly Lisa, when you quit, the freedom is amazing.
You should be really proud of yourself for making it 9 days. That is quit a feat! Keep up the good work, Lisa. And be kind to yourself. Quitting is not easy, and every hour you remain smoke free is a victory. Treat yourself to something nice, even if it just means you allow yourself to indulge in an hour of guilty pleasure TV. Do things that you enjoy, that make you happy. And believe in yourself. You can do this. Have faith!