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Deeann May 02, 2017 (01:08 PM)  

Joined: Oct 08, 2016

I couldn't have articulated my own feelings better! I have not quit yet, but the depression and anxiety are huge fears for me too. How are you doing now, has it gotten any better? Best of luck to you. Dee

Jeyan Apr 24, 2017 (12:53 PM)  

Joined: Nov 24, 2014
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Age: 40
Gender: Male
Country: Canada
Occupation: Working
Hobbies: Walking, Roller skating, yoga, family

welcome to Shayma. You have made the right decision to quit. You will get plenty of help here to succeed in your quit. All the very best! Never give-up quitting.

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 10/16/2016
Smoke-Free Days: 190
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 1,900
Amount Saved: $1,140.00
Life Gained:
Days: 28 Hrs: 0 Mins: 18 Seconds: 38

Lillian, Quit Coach Apr 21, 2017 (08:27 PM)  

Joined: Jul 13, 2006
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Welcome Shayma!

Welcome to the SHO community.

Depression, fatigue and an increase in nervousness can be withdrawal symptoms. Given that the cigarettes were a part of your coping method,I hope that you are in close contact with your medical team. Bring your doctor, nurse and/or social worker on board so that you can have all the support you may need on hand. You can also give us a call at 1-877-513-5333 for more support and for possible local resources that might be of use to you.

As one of our members suggested, deep breathing can be helpful and taking in a nice deep breath free and clear of smoke can often feel so good and that in itself can help you stay motivated. Let us know how it works out for you. Is there another kind of treat you could give yourself just for quitting? How about a pot of nice spring flowers to brighten things up? Of course that is just one idea and perhaps something else would be a better fit? You deserve something, so please do give that some thought as well!

Given this is your fourth attempt, it is obvious it is very important for you to quit smoking. You have knowledge and experience and now you have our support too.

One minute at a time and it will get better. 

Welcome again to the community! Welcome too to Malie. Please keep us posted, we are here.

Smokers' Helpline Online Support Team

malie Apr 21, 2017 (12:55 PM)  

Joined: Sep 28, 2014
Age: 56
Gender: Female
Country: Canada

Hi Shayma,
This is my first week .I feel very frustrated and in a mental fog.
I have been doing a lot of deep  breathing exercises. It helps a lot.
to find good  deep breathing techniques ..just Google. Best of luck to you !!!

Newoportunity Apr 21, 2017 (06:26 AM)  

Joined: Jun 08, 2015
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Age: 48
Gender: Male

Good Morning
Welcome to help line, here you will find you will find a lot of encourage to keep your Quit! Congrats in your 1 Day and Keep focus in your quit!
 Please feel free to write how you feel.
Good luck, you can do it!!!!

My Milage:

My Quit Date: 6/8/2015
Smoke-Free Days: 683
Cigarettes Not Smoked: 40,980
Amount Saved: $18,441.00
Life Gained:
Days: 110 Hrs: 0 Mins: 53 Seconds: 17


Shayma Apr 20, 2017 (10:39 PM)  

Joined: Apr 20, 2017

I am 25 years old and I have been smoking since I was 18. It doesn't seem that long, but my mental livelihood depended on the cigarettes. I quit on April 19, 2017 at exactly 8pm and I still envision myself in my mind throwing away my ashtray and lighters and I remember well the sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach as I felt like my life was going to be changed forever. I did not feel encouraged, I felt frightened and worried. I was worried about how I would cope with my mental health issues and the outside forces that were pressed against me. I did not feel free. 
I have quit before, three times for more than a week, but found that I would become over-whelmed with grief over the cigarettes I had left behind and the inability to cope with anything in my life without wallowing in self-misery. I remember though that after the first week I was finally able to bring myself to a place of at least pretending everything was normal and felt a little stronger, but that first week was indeed 'hell week'. It goes away, I know it does, but today is the first day I am quitting forever and I cannot help but feel hopeless and listless. I have scarcely left my bed because there's nothing to get up to anymore.
I would awaken and go and have a smoke and check my computer in the mornings while I drank my coffee, this was my favourite part of the day. I have even taken to eating my meals in bed today and haven't done any housework aside from the chores and duties required for my two cats who have scarcely left my side. I can't wait for this week to be over so I can start feeling some semblance of normalcy again. 

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