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Hi Aida...I noticed your question hidden in this post here. Hmmmm...relaxing.
Now that you say it, I DO remember early on in my quit that I kept myself busy a lot to get past most of my cravings. In fact, I think it is
difficult for many people to relax in general, smokers, ex smokers and never smokers alike! It sounds strange, but when you think about it, one of the
hardest things to get our minds do is absolutely nothing!
Have you ever been to a yoga class? The first class I ever went to we talked about "quieting the mind" or "sitting quietly with our
thoughts". My teacher observed that most Westerners can't even sit still when they sit, we use rocking chairs! ANYWAY, I had started studying
yoga and buddhism about a year before I quit smoking, so I was already familiar with this idea of learning how to "sit" with my antsy
feelings. It's no easy feat, Aida, to sit still and just let the thoughts whir by in our brains. It takes practice to quiet one's mind. I know
it may sound simple but, I have found that the only way we can relax is to do it.
Try it. Sit in a quiet place and practice letting the thoughts float by like little bubbles in your head. Don't latch on to any, just observe
them as they pass by. If you need help, focus on your breathing, say to yourself as you breathe in and out "Breathing fresh air in"
"Breathing stressed air out". I'm sure you can find plenty of helpful books on practicing meditation and relaxation exercises at your
local library or even on the internet.
Also, here's a great thread from my fabulous quit friend Parker that touches on this "letting things go" philosophy in regards to
craves: Don't Get Discouraged!
Otherwise, keep reading and listening to the things your body is trying to tell you. Practice Patience and trust in the fact that this WILL get better. Oh, and a huge congratulations on half
645 days of FREEDOM and I am happy as a clam!
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