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Share Your Story: How I Lived Through Nicotine Withdrawal

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Updated June 01, 2011

How nicotine withdrawal affected me

I'm 42 and found a pack of ciggies at the age of 16. Smoked them with a friend and that was that! I was hooked.

I am in day three of cessation now and have a very short fuse, but the weird thing is I'm not really craving a cigarette. Don't get me wrong though, I would more than likely light one up given the chance. Or would I? I'm so focused on quitting that I might just pass it up...

How I managed nicotine withdrawal symptoms

I have nicotine lozenges handy just in case I'm at the stage where I am going to go ballistic! I have had a couple in the last two days but don't want to take them if possible.

I do kickboxing and last night felt fitter than I have in a long time (ONLY 2 DAYS AFTER QUITTING). I think it's amazing how the body bounces back. I can't just gloss over the whole training session though, the first few minutes I thought I was going to collapse. After that though I felt better than ever.

I find really deep breaths are helping. Three to five really deep slow breaths seems to be working for me. Drinking water isn't helping one bit for me.

Lessons learned

  • I am stronger than I thought - even if it's the 3rd day.
  • I am not going to think about smoking anymore. If the thought pops into my head, I am going to purposely ignore it.
  • I am reading a lot of the forums... just reading about other people's experiences helps.
  • I am not alone - even though I may feel that way sometimes

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