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#1 GearSkank

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 05:34 PM

I've been struggling with anxiety for almost a year. I just had to quit vaping/smoking cold turkey last night since I don't have any money. I'm really worried about the anxiety that the withdrawals will have. I've been looking it up and everyone says anxiety and depression can get really bad. I've been trying so hard to be productive and functioning but I'm scared this might set me back. Any advice?

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 05:43 PM

Hello and welcome to the forum, this is without doubt the best decision you have ever made.

 

Some people have struggled with anxiety at the start of the quit, but not all.

In my experience of quitting, you really have to want to stop more than you want to smoke - this is an addiction and once you have read on here all the information relating this will really help you.

 

Please stick close to here, read as much as you can and always post when you need help or just to rant

 

Be strong - you are in the best place to help you stop


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#3 Jillar

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 05:46 PM

Welcome Gearskank and congrats on quitting. Since you've been struggling with anxiety for a year maybe it's time to see your dr. They can maybe put you on something to help. Quitting can cause anxiety or depression to get worse for a bit so there is no reason for you to suffer so bad. See your dr :)


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 06:43 PM

Hi

 

It's true that your anxiety will get worse in the initial days when you quit. If you take any medication right now, it also increases the chance of anxiety as your brain is used to the combination of medication + nicotine. However, this is only for the best, as nicotine does not reduce anxiety at all, but increases it.

There ways to reduce anxiety during this time, which includes exercising, meditation, avoiding trigger situations for a while, over the counter medications, deep breathing etc.

Hope you go through this successfully


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Posted 10 January 2018 - 07:00 PM

I've been struggling with anxiety for almost a year. I just had to quit vaping/smoking cold turkey last night since I don't have any money. I'm really worried about the anxiety that the withdrawals will have. I've been looking it up and everyone says anxiety and depression can get really bad. I've been trying so hard to be productive and functioning but I'm scared this might set me back. Any advice?

Deep breaths have been proven to help tremendously with quitting anxiety, urges to smoke, quitting tantrums and many other collateral quitting symptoms. You are experiencing the pre-quit fears... Quit, commit  and after a few days you will experience overall improvement. 


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Nov 6, 2011 I decided " I had enough with this sh*t "

I quit because I just got tired of the life under a rock, dark and with not enough air to breathe waiting for the day to get crushed!

Alcohol to a quit is like Kryptonite to Superman

Stop, Think and then React. Not React,Stop and then Think

Practice does not make it perfect, makes it permanent. Practice the right things!

Quitting is by far the best decision for the rest of your life.

If a Doctor gives you 6 months to live, would you start living after the first three? Quit now!

" I am a puff away form a pack a day"

Once you stop puffing or having Nicotine in any form, then and only then your symptoms will stop.

I quit with a frozen turkey. Once I felt comfortable with my quit,  I ate it.

Life is such a good teacher, that if you don't learn the lesson it will repeat it to you.

 

 

 


#6 Sparkzzz

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 08:31 PM

I would also suggest avoiding caffeine. It makes you restless.
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#7 Jamie g

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 10:10 PM

Having had a lot of family experience with this find a profesional and dont feel like there is anything to be embarassed about. Its as normal as a bad back. Be kind to yourself and until you have got hold of your anxiousness dont put yourself in a position to make you feel worse. NO PRESSURE. In my very humble opinion mental health overrides physical health.
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Posted 11 January 2018 - 12:17 AM

Hi gearskank,

I agree with Jamie - a doctors visit would not be a miss. Your mental health is quite important. Any help with anxiety or dealing with anxiety could be beneficial.

It's always a good idea to get support, and whether some medication or therapy is suggested, it could be really helpful especially at the start of a quit.

I really needed the support of this group when I first joined and I know people are here for me if ever I need them. i really like knowing if I have to SOS ( haven't had to yet) that some really great people will be here to help me keep my quit.
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#9 brand.new.ela

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Posted 11 January 2018 - 12:12 PM

Hi Gearskank, do you get help and treatment for your anxiety? Especially in the first days of the quit it might get stronger so it's best to tackle it beforehand. The community here is very supportive but we are not doctors.


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