Yesterday I had my first job interview since I quit more than 7 months ago (woo hoo!) after 11 years of smoking.
What a difference!
Way more time to mentally prepare, way more present during the interview instead of my mind getting hooked by nicotine cravings when the interview starts getting a little too long, way more focused, way more relaxed, way better performance...all this resulted in much less stress and anxiety than I used to experience. Cigarettes were creating all those frazzled feelings. Then I'd smoke to deal with those feelings. Feelings created by the cigarettes in the first place! A vicious cycle of self-destruction, I tell you!
It is the best feeling in the world when you can rely on you and only you, rather than external objects like cigarettes.
Just wanted to share this with my fellow quitters and potential quitters who may worry that they won't be able to handle stress, anxiety, and nervousness without cigarettes. You will, believe!