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Struggles of quitting smoking 11-04-2019

Monday, November 04, 2019

Today I am going to be talking about the struggles with quitting smoking. Yes I am taking Chantix but I am still having some struggles. I still crave cigarettes and I still am learning to live without them. I do notice is get angrier faster and I get irritated more often. I am constantly wanting to eat everything in sight and sometimes get angry when I cannot eat what ever I want. That is not good for my diet. Being that I am 24 days into quitting smoking I thought things would be easier by now. My son is getting sick of me using my quitting smoking as "an excuse" for getting angry or for getting irritated. I am just at a loss. When I would get angry or I would get irritated I would smoke. I don't have that anymore so now I have to figure out something else to do. It just isn't easy to find something else that works. I am glad my son has never smoked and never plans to smoke. This is horrible. The hardest part isn't the cravings. I seem to be handling those alright it is the emotions I have to learn to control with something else. I used smoking to handle my emotions and my son just doesn't seem to understand that. He gets angry with me when I get angry and then we end up arguing. I am just not sure what I can do. I really am trying. With the craving and wanting to stuff my face I am chewing gum to help with that portion. What do I do to learn to control my feelings now? I am at a loss. I think that is the most challenging part for me quitting smoking. The Chantix helps with the craving and the nicotine withdraw it does not help with the anxiety and the anger and irritation that you feel when things go wrong. I am trying and this is all a learning process for me. I guess I will just have to argue with my kid a little while longer while I figure all this out. I don't have anyone to talk to because everyone I have to talk to either has never smoked or when they quit just walked away and were fine about it. They didn't have bipolar like I do and they didn't have the problems with their anger like I do. No one really understands. It really stinks that I have no one to bounce ideas off from to figure out what will work for me and what will not work for me. I guess it is hard going alone but I am glad I have the opportunity to be smoke free. I just thought I would have a little more support from my son. I didn't think that less than a month into this he would think I am being stupid for blaming my emotions on the fact that I have quit smoking.
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  • LLOURAY
    I was a chainsmoker..3-4 packs a day. I tried hypnotist, shots but always wen t back after about a month or so because deep down I really felt deprived by having to give it up. I finally changed my head and really wanted to be free! Everytime I would get a strong urge, I would tell myself, "Great! This is your body getting clean." I also found that taking deep breaths (suck in that oxygen!) killed the cravings. I had a lot of nervous energy, so I got a lot of cleaning done! Try to divert your attention by keeping busy.

    I remember several times when I quit, I had friends begging me start again! Guess I wasn't very pleasant to be around! Count to ten, ask God for help! It gets easier over time, your body is still figuring out its new "healthier" normal. Remind yourself, if you start agian, you're going to have to go through this again!! The hardest part is behind you, you can do this! I smoked for over 20 years and quit for good over 25 years ago. I still feel grateful for the freedom I feel by putting the addiction behind me. Best Wishes! emoticon
    278 days ago
  • COLLARANDCUFFS
    less than a month is still plenty to blame on not smoking.. this from the person who gave up for 6 years and then started again because of emotions and not coping with them
    the only thing i found that worked was breathing like i was smoking
    i have no idea how to handle those pesky emotions so i can't help you there but i do know that the rollercoaster drops from a greater height when you have just given up... the cravings go but the habits remain and that is the tricky part..i was still smoking on occasion because the habit of smoking at that event was just too ingrained... sure the rollercoaster drops get smaller but for me it was still a bumpy ride as i never did work out emotions without smoking
    sending you lots of love and hugs and if you do work it out please let me know so i can do it for my next attempt and being a non smoker
    wanted to let you know you are not alone in this emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    279 days ago
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