06 Feb 2020
20 Sep 2020
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When I quit, the worst thing was the physical craving, because I smoked for over 43 years. And I did wonder if quitting could lead to a heart attack, because the pain in my lungs was so bad. But then I told myself that I had never heard of anyone having a heart attack due to quitting smoking. And I realized that this addiction messes with you, both physically and mentally. Smoking is one powerful addiction.
What you are experiencing is not uncommon, and it WILL pass. It might help you to read up on all of the benefits of quitting smoking. It will be positive reinforcement. And as it becomes easier for you to breathe without huffing and puffing, really think about that and appreciate it. I still remember running up two flights of stairs to catch a streetcar. I got a seat, and shortly thereafter, I realized that my heart was not pounding from the exertion like it always did, and that was because I had quit smoking a few weeks prior to that incident. And it hit me like a ton of bricks. Quitting was really the right thing to do.
You are stronger than your addiction, cris108. Believe in yourself.