Thank you to all the folks who wished me well. It's been a tough week and today was no exception, but I did take that nap and felt pretty darn good when I woke up. Naps really help. I'm a new NON-smoker so I don't have a lot to add to the discussion on long term success, but I do have this to add: Each day gave me a chance to look at what I was feeling. Was my triggers the result of being hungry, overwhelmed, tired, irritated? I'm not going to over analyze the situation, I just chalk it up to going through the motions of not having nicotine in my system. I actually sat there for about 10 minutes thinking my way through a tough moment. I noticed my back and shoulders hurt. I was getting a bad headache too, so I ate then decided to take a Tylenol and lay down. When I woke up an hour later, I felt so much better. Sleep is a great way of destressing. I also bought a mint tea and drink it cold with ice. The cold mint really helps with the cravings. What makes my symptoms worse is coffee. Caffeine just doesn't work for me right now, so I only have a small cup in the morning and go right into the mint tea. So, that's what has been working for me.
Tomorrow is one week. Listen, if I can do this, you can too. Oh, blogging helps too and reading from positive people who are working each day to put the stinky sticks in the past. I usually don't blog this much. YIKES