I was a long time smoker as well - 35 years of sucking back poison
Lot`s of quits the past number of years but finally feel I`m on the right track to stay quit ... one day at a time
A quit or two ago I had alot of trouble with anxiety and actually got diagnosed with a generalized anxiety disorder - went to my doc, started to take medication and am super glad I did. There`s also some natural products that help - 5 HTP is supposed to be really good, Valerian is another one. I think many people experience both anxiety and depression during a quit. It`s pretty wild to think of the real effects smoking had on every organ in our bodies let alone our mind!
Bob, a long timer on here has a saying `Quitting smoking is so much more than quitting smoking` and boy I`ve found that to be true! After all, we started at a young age when we were really learning how to be adults. How to deal with life`s stuff, stress, emotions etc I believe smoking `blurred` our learning - for me this was sure true. I really had to relearn how to deal with my emotions, strong emotions like stress, anger, excitement without smoking. I had trained my brain how to react and the reaction in every strong emotion was `smoke`!
I`m a Christian as well and use Philippians 4:13 often - I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Congrats on your decision to choose you and look forward to quitting with you!
Word of wisdom from Craig: "Things work out best for those that make the best of the way things work out"
Quitting puts the addiction to sleep ~ one puff will wake it up
If I romance it ~ I chance it
The greatest gift you can give yourself is a little bit of your own attention ... Anthony J. D'Angelo
Sometimes, when we quit, we find out that one of the reasons we smoked was because we were constantly allowing our boundaries to be over-run. Which didn't feel good. Anesthesia, here I come...
A wise nugget from Rose