Don't rush your quit. Sometimes a quitter wants to feel better immediately and wants the cravings to end within days. Quitting is a journey that doesn't ever really end, although the negatives slowly drift away and the positives become your focus.
Life is short anyway, so why rush through it? Take the time to get to know yourself...your non-smoking self. Develop your talents, clean out that junk drawer, spend the day with your darling grandchild. Don't rush just because you don't want to feel the discomfort of your quit. Remember, once you quit smoking you are not allowing your addiction to have control of you anymore. So don't run from your recovery!
Yes, you are going to have some uncomfortable moments. They may jump out at you at the most surprising times and take you off guard. Remember that you are in charge!! You are in control!! Acknowledge that thought and then move on. You do not have to dwell in a craving. You do not have to live in the misery of withdrawal. They will ease in time. So please give yourself that time.
I have learned to live in the moment rather than looking ahead or behind. I have learned to slow down and enjoy each day rather than looking forward to a day in the murky future that may be better. I have learned that life comes with discomfort, pain, joy, and every emotion in between and I will get through them all.
May your quit be your beginning. May it be your joy. May you feel pride and strength and wonder. And may you take the time to feel them all.
Happy Thursday, quitters!!