LYZ and Coffee Queen, You're both doing great. Remember that slow, deep breaths will relax your nerves every time you feel uptight. We only breathed deeply when dragging on a cigarette before. We have to learn how to do that kind of breathing on our own. That's why I suggest you "smoke air". It is an initial way to practice those breaths using clean fresh air.
Also, being very gentle with yourselves is mandatory. No matter what comes up, be loving and forgiving. The addiction pushed down a tremendous amount of feelings that need to bubble up to the surface. It does get softer over time. An attitude of gratitude that the lid is off all this suppressed stuff helps. You're getting long delayed relief. The crying happened to me, too. Love yourself tenderly and it will go easier.
As far as a 3 month concern, there are support systems you can put into place that you didn't have in your previous quits. I have found that being a member of Nicotine Anonymous has helped me to grow in many wonderful, amazing ways. Their tools and support are unimaginably powerful. I'm 13 years clean and still go to 2 meetings a week because I'm able to practice its principles in ALL my affairs.
We can do together what we cannot do alone. nicotine-anonymous.org nicamar.homestead.com
With grace and self esteem, honor the Passionate Tiger in You. Refresh your personal high regard (daily) in order to live happy, joyous and free.
Hi Lyz! I've been an emotional mess for 67 days now, but I'm holding strong. Cranky is the least of my issues; it's the randomly crying at the drop of a hat that gets to me. My husband describes it as a constant state of PMS. Does it get better? I certainly hope so!!! I'm with you...it's hard, but SO worth it!
I hope you're hanging in there and don't fear the 3 month mark too much. Be aware, but don't panic about it. It'll set you up for added stress and anxiety at the worse possible time. Just trust your own strength and remind yourself why you're doing this.
You can do this!
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Hi my name is Lyz. I quit smoking 8 days ago and I am a cranktastic mess right now. I'm hoping this fades soon. I have tried excercise but I guess it's just something that will go away in time. I however am determined to quit this time and I know that I can do it. I just have to get past that dreaded 3 month mark. I always seem to fail at the 3 month mark but not this time. So here's to putting in a lot of hardwork but I know it will be worth it in the end.
I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.
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