12 Aug 2019
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13 Oct 2019
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Already you are doing an amazing job! Having made your plan, putting your support system (mom 😊) in place, and coming here are going to get you through this.
I quit six weeks ago, and I promise you, it does get better. The anxiety, racing heart, sleep issues are all part of the withdrawal and you can get through it.
In the early days, I found a few things to really help me when things got a little crazy. Maybe they can help you as well.
1. When the anxiety starts to take hold, I will visualize myself as a non smoker. I get to decide who that person is, and the positive changes I'm making to enable that.
2. I read as much as I could about what happens when we quit smoking. I learned about what happens to the brain and the in's and outs of the emotional dependency. It not only made the cravings less scary, learning anything new produces dopamine (which was produced from nicotine)
3. I've never been a tea drinker, but I went out and bought some loose leaf teas (some great detox teas and zero caffeine). When a craving hits,I make a cup of tea. Boiling the water, filling the diffuser with tea leaves, watching it steep is extremely comforting. And its super important to self-sooth right now.
4. Coming to this site often has been a tremendous support. Everyone here is rooting for you, and you'll get some great advice. Reading new and older posts from people who have done this journey are very inspiring and encouraging.
I hope even a little bit of the above can help.
Have an "easy" night, sarjeet84. And remember, you aren't going to have to do this on your own.
Last modified on 13 Oct 2019 22:39 by justfortoday