Well I’m on Day 7 (haven’t completed it yet as it’s just the beginning) of quitting smoking. I have yet to have a cigarette after that fateful Friday afternoon of succumbing to the stressors of life.
I feel good. I feel like I can breathe again even though I admit that it has been six miserable days. There’s also a lot of agony. if there’s anyone who tells you that you should quit smoking because it’s easy….they are full of shit. Point blank.
Let me explain a craving to you. It starts mildly where your mind says, “Hmm, I’d like to have a cigarette.” As you continue working your mind is saying, “Give me that bloody cigarette before I send you into a psychotic state of hell!!”. Thereafter, you have no other choice but to change activities because you really do feel that you are in a psychotic state of hell and there’s someone in your mind screaming the word SMOKE over and over again. Yep, pure hell on earth (for me anyway)
My cravings don’t last a few moments. My cravings last from 3-7 pm in high gear. I have to find a hobby if this continues because it’s either a hobby or the loony bin. How do I get through it now? Sleep, rest, shop, walk, and eat. That’s about it.
There are a few things that I learned about myself this week that I want to share
- I have restraint.
- I have a vivid imagination. My husband came in the house with a cigarette which I immediately informed him that it choked me up and made me heartsick. Six days people…..highly impossible.
- I don’t know if it’s the smoke that made me unhappy or the Champix that’s making me happy, but I’m one happy gal!!
- Between the computer and smoking, I spent way too much time ignoring my kids. I hold an enormous amount of guilt but this has been the greatest week ever with them!
- Shopping is not a good distraction from smoking.
- You do feel better after not smoking.