I just popped in to celebrate my 7 months milestone today. I wish I felt better though, and like a lot of posts recently I feel like I have been visited by the 'nico monstery thing'. I have had to have strong words with some 'stinking thinking' that has been going on in my head lately.
For me stopping smoking has revealed quite a few unresolved issues in my life. Sadly they are not easy or quick problems to deal with and the anxiety that comes from confronting and working through these the problems feels like a craving. So some days I can feel utterly miserable if Im trying to tackle a problem. I have read quite a bit about the self medicating qualities of nicotine and have realised thats what I have been doing for a long time without even knowing it.
Pretty confident that things will pan out given time and time is a great healer as they say.
Newbies don't be disheartened, I don't think my experience is usual, I should have chosen my time a little more carefully and cleared up a few things before I embarked on this journey.
I am really enjoying excercise though and its been my saviour along with reading and learning and despite my difficulties I do actually love being a non smoker.
Wishing everyone else well with their journey to freedom.