Quit Date: 07/13/2012
Posted February 6, 2015
That's the word I used during the acute phase of my quit. If I called it a "craving" I felt like it had power over me......as if the only thing that will ease that craving is the very thing that caused it and nothing will ever feel normal again..I will never feel relaxed or content again. To me..the word "craving" went parrallel with "feed the craving"
But when I changed the wording to "restless", it took a whole new meaning for me. Restlessness occurred because my body is going back to the state it was in before I became a smoker. Just because I'm restless..is it really my body telling me I need a smoke? Or is it my junkie brain that's telling me that. There are all kinds of emotions and feelings that cause us to be restless...hunger, thirst, fatigue, anger, lonliness...and these emotions are exacerbated when we quit smoking.
I knew that the restless feeling was a good thing...it reminded me I was winning the battle every single day. I knew every day I was able to co-exist along with this restlessness...that it would make me stronger and that much closer to a relaxed place where I felt content and satisfied.
This newfound attitude is what got me through it.....one day at a time. Committing to NOPE. No matter what..
It also spilled over into helping me stay strong and take charge of my health in regards to my diet and regular exercise. Just because I'm restless doesn't mean I'm hungry. If I'm restless..then maybe I'm just thirsty...maybe I need to go for a run or a walk. Maybe I need to call a friend and vent, maybe I'm horny, maybe I'm bored or tired....
It helped me to be more in tune with my body and recognize exactly what I'm feeling so I am able to address the proper issue..and not try to "guess" what the problem is.
Feeling restless?? Find out why....chances are..it's not a "craving" for nicotine. (especially true after Hell week)
Non smokers get restless too....as a matter of fact, today I feel very restless and still haven't figured out why...one thing I am SURE of..is that I'm not craving a cigarette.
Now....on to figure out what exactly is it that has me feeling uneasy and aggravated....not sure yet but I will figure it out. I have more oxygen in my brain these days so, things come to light much quicker for me now
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Edited by jillar