08 Mar 2018
30 Mar 2018
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Hope you got a chance to connect with someone. I've smoked for 35 years and kicking that addiction can be really really tough. There were times in my quit journey that I sat in a basement and just cried and cried, and didn't want to be around anyone.
There were other times when I was a cranky horrible mess, throwing temper tantrums like a child.
Nicotine and the other chemicals in cigarettes cause an addiction, and a very strong one, at that.
There is no other way through it, but there is help. Talking to people on the Smokers Help Line has helped me. So has talking to people on these posts, and reading their experiences. And chewing gum with nicotine. Sure, the first week was tough, with a 7 day headache, and sleepless nights while I am trying to work and parent and do life. But I am so tired of being addicted. The first 2 to 3 weeks were tough, and now I'm through the worst part - the physical withdrawal. The emotional is tough too, and my mind is kicking in - reminding me about how good it felt at times to take that puff, how calming it was - coming through in my dreams. the addiction is very strong!
Tell yourself to not give in, and not give up. Remind yourself why you are quitting in the first place. It is taking your life, slowly, over time, and you are paying a high price for it. You are strong, and you can get through it!