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You should notice a difference within the first week, and more so each passing week. By 3 weeks, they should settle down, but, you may still get what I called tsunomi crave waves which can come on pretty strong and hit rather hard. Fortunately, they do not last very long. I took these tsunomis crave waves as the final servos, after which I was delighted to experience very long periods of no cravings at all.
Keep going, you will get there.
Anxiety will definitely pass. You should even notice a sense of calming the further into your quit you go. Every day you do not smoke is a better day. You are close to the end of the second of the icky '3's, (3 days, 3 weeks, 3 months). Hopefully you are noticing a bit of peaceful respite from the ravings. That peace will get long and longer every day you do not smoke.
You are doing great. Well on the road to your new smoke free lifestyle. Congratulations -
I can relate to your feelings of anxiety. Chewing gum helps me a lot. It gives me something to bite on, and for me, it calms my nerves. Have you thought of sucking on cough drops? The sucking motion I find releases anxiety. I don't know if this helps you at all but I hope it does! Drinking ice cold water helps me too. Having paper and a pen handy to write out my thoughts when I am going through a craving also might help. Hopping on the forum and reading and re-reading posts can also go a long way to helping one feel encouraged! Best of luck to you. You are doing this and doing great!
Hey Jenny. Sunday at work was crazy busy, but good. I work in a cosmetics aisle. It was the first weekend of Black Friday. There were so many great deals throughout our entire store. I sold so much fragrance, skincare and makeup. It was the best day of sales for me so far in my career as a beauty consultant. I had today off to recover, and it was nice. I had breakfast with an old friend. I went shopping with my mom, found a few new things which put a spring in my step! I am back to work tomorrow.
Christmas time is a lot of fun in drugstore retail. All candy, the stocking stuffers, all the gift sets in cosmetics. All the special points events. All the bustle. I enjoy it, though it can also get tiring and stressful too. It's the constant onset of customers in your face wanting your love and attention. Especially in beauty, customers look to me to fix them sometimes. They vent to me, ask a lot of questions. It is rewarding to feel I was able to help someone but customers can be needy lol.
How are you doing today? Are you enjoying the colder weather? How is your quit going? I am doing okay today. Was thinking of you. I hope you enjoy the Falls and your stay up here in the Great White North!
I am steadying myself at 5 lozenges a day, down from my 6 a day. I think I am going to stabilize here now for a little while. Some days I have only 4. 6 is a thing of the past now for me- hopefully! I will post more tomorrow. Have a few things I want to do before going to bed. Night all.
Thank you J! There are good and bad days, I understand. I felt really good after penning down my feelings and sharing about anxiety here on forum. You guys are great.
Chewing gum is a good idea and re-visiting forum is helpful I guess. Sucking Cough drops, I'll try it. Let's see. Thank you and best of luck to you too!
Thank you Anne. Definitely, everyday is getting better. I believe, as soon anxiety subsides it's going to be even better. Looking forward to it and hope is getting me going.
Best of luck to you too!
Jerthie, Black Friday sales must be crazy! It sounds like you must be really good at your job, both loving it and feeling the energy drain from it. I hope my son finds a job he can enjoy at least some of the time. He’s in between jobs now (lost it last Monday) and I’m worried about him. He’s high on the Asperger’s scale, so it’s a bit difficult. He got a degree in Physics with a 3.94 GPA, but feels like he isn’t good enough to get a good job. I know you’re a prayer (I struggle there), so if you could include him in your thoughts, that would be wonderful. He’s done so many applications this last week and had his first interview today.
We left as the sun went up in California and arrived in Toronto just in time to see the sun going down. Sunsets are so beautiful from airplanes!! The camera never captures it, though. I run hot, but had my coat on quickly after stepping out of the airport. I’m resting in the hotel for most of today so I’ll be doing better for Niagara Falls tomorrow. Traveling was hard on me, but I’m sure I can get things calmed back down.
My quit is going good so far. I’m struggling a tiny bit today since I’m alone at the hotel. I planned for this week to be easy since we have my daughter’s friend with us, so being away from them leaves me tempted to cheat. I really need to figure out what psychology thing I have going on that leaves me somewhat dependent on being around others to help me stay quit, so I can guard against it better. I looked out my window and saw someone smoking on their porch across the way. That prompted me to come post here. If I were to buy a pack right now, I’d spend the rest of the trip looking for ways to sneak away and have one, which would definitely take away so much from this adventure, so I won’t do it.
You are doing so well. You don't want to start all over again. If you smoke now, you will be right back to the beginning wishing you were where you are right now - so don't smoke. You can do almost anything else you want. Seriously, you don't really want to smoke, you just think you do because you haven't thought of anything else to do. So what else could you possibly be doing? How about a swim - does your hotel have a pool or a hot tub? What about room service with some of your favourite foods and some great movies. Depending on what hotel you are staying at, you could get in some nice walks in the underground path window shopping. Now is a great time with all of the Christmas decors going up.
Maybe visit the exercise room of your hotel - if there is one.
You have laid a solid foundation - keep going forward, building on it minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day. You will love yourself for it.
Thank you, Anne! I walked to get a sandwich from down the street and went right past a couple construction workers who were smoking. I didn’t ask for one. Yay!! I definitely pondered it and was dangerously close to asking. Very happy I didn’t!
Only another hour or so before I’m back with the group, so I know I’ll make it now.