Wow! It’s amazing how time can fly. Two weeks into my quit and doing good! Although I can also tell that these pesky urges are still there. It’s just that they’re not as strong as they used to be, but still existent.
So while I can say that it does get easier, I also have to be aware. I feel that I’m in a stage of my quit that could be deceptive so to speak. The reason being that the urges are still there, waiting for a chance to pounce and catch me off guard.
During the first week of our quits, I think that the discomforts of our withdrawal keeps us constantly aware that we must protect our quits. After a week we begin to gain some confidence in the fact that yes, we really don’t need cigarettes. That yes, we can win this thing.
But the sad fact is that as those urges become less and less intense, we tend to let our guards down a little. We tend to forget what those urges can make us do if we let them. So really all I can say is that as it gets easier, we can’t forget what we’ve learned. We can’t forget those triggers and we especially can’t forget those urges.
I think if we do that it allows a little room for a slip because if we get a strong urge that we don’t expect and happen to be in a weak state of mind for whatever reason, then yes the urge might actually overpower us.
But not if we’re ready for it as we were in the first week of quitting. So long as it stays in the forefront of our minds that it’s not quite over yet, then we can come out alright in the end. Just a bit more work for us as time goes on.
Our brains want this stuff and they’ll try to get it anyway they can!
Now, on to week three, mindful and ready to battle . . .