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I think I'm going insane

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  1. mom_of_3
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    02 Jan
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    I'm on my second day of not smoking. I have NRT, which I'm using. I just feel so restless. Part of me wants to jump out a window, but I'm not going to. I'm deep breathing, I have a support team, I'm drinking plenty of water and I love the fact that I don't smell like an ashtray.But the restlessness and irritability is driving me up the wall.
    Help 
  2. ocean
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    03 Jan in reply to mom_of_3
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    Hi Mom of 3,
    I know what you're talking about!  Just keep doing it even if it's uncomfortable and you're wired for sound.  It's the obsession which is so hard to cope with and all of the racing moments that go on and on.  It's also like time stands still, eh?  The intensity is very hard the first month, but ti does ease up and you'll have moments of freedom from time to time, you'll really appreciate those moments.  I'm withdrawing gradually this time to lessen the impact of these first weeks smoke free.  I'll be with you on the 15th. Take care and rumble on!
    Ocean
  3. marianne, quit coach
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    Hello Mom of 3,

    At the onset of a quit, withdrawal can happen.  It is certainly uncomfortable.  You are doing all the right things when feeling restless.  As Ocean shared, keeping it up and including some other things you like to do.  So great you have a support team.  

    To add to remembering your motivation as you do, perhaps reminding yourself that each craving is short lived and in some time, they won't feel as frequent.  Distraction is key.  Can you think of what else can redirect your thoughts?   People like to minimize with humour- any form.  

    Regarding your NRT, ensure you are taking the right dose in comparison to how much you were smoking and maybe consider adding another NRT product?  You can talk to your doctor and/or pharmacist as well.  

    Feel free to connect with us via telephone as well at 1-877-513-5333.  

    You can do this, one moment at a time!  Focusing on your motivation/benefits and rewards to come.  

    Cheering you on!  

    Marianne

  4. treepeo
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    Hi Mom of 3,

    Trust me, you are not going insane.  What you are feeling is perfectly normal.  It just goes to show how deeply this addiction affects us.

    When you think about it, most of us have smoked our entire lives.  When we decide to quit, we somehow think we will feel "normal" but that's not how it goes.  It takes time for our body and our mind to adjust to the sudden withdrawal of all of the chemicals we were ingesting.

    You are just starting out and unfortunately, you are going through the hardest period of adjustment right now.  Try to keep busy to keep your mind off of it.  Little by little, it will get easier to adjust.  Give yourself little treats to reward yourself for staying strong.  And remember that you are not alone.  We are all here for you and will help you in any way we can.

    Hang in there, Mom of 3.  You can do this!
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