How nicotine withdrawal affected me
Nicotine withdrawal affected me in a lot of ways. I had headaches, could not sleep and felt like I was alone. My life (as I knew it) was over and it scared the hell out of me. I felt like the only thing I could do was hide inside my house. I did not want to go out because everywhere I went reminded me about smoking. My car, hanging around with my friends. I stumbled because of what I felt I was losing, not what I was gaining. I felt hypersensitive to everything. I could not shut the demon off in my head sometimes.
How I managed nicotine withdrawal symptoms
I have managed to get through nicotine withdrawal by learning patience and having faith in myself. I knew I truly wanted to kick this habit and it has not been easy. I handle the demon in my head by pushing it off and keeping my self busy. I have days when I just want to sleep and I allow myself to do that. I am beginning to go out again, but limit myself when I am at a bar so I don't lose my resolve. Withdrawal is a very hard thing, the physical part goes away fairly quickly; it is the psychological portion that has been the hardest for me.
I have learned that I do have the will power to beat nicotine addiction, but that it truly must be done one day at a time. I try not to look to far into the future. Each day I get through is a wonderful accomplishment for me. This website has helped me as well. Everyday I come hear to hear and read truly inspirational stories and realize I am not alone in my struggle. There are many before me that have gone through exactly what I have.
Terry Martin, Smoking Cessation Guide, says:Congratulations on taking the big step to put the cigarettes down and start your quit program, Becky. Nicotine withdrawal can be intense, but remember that it is a phase of recovery and will pass. As the saying goes, we must go through it to get through it. Keep applying yourself to your quit one simple day at a time and you'll find yourself miles down the smoke-free road before you know it.
Smoking cessation is worth the work it takes to achieve. You're doing just great!