When we finally end our nicotine addiction - either with cold turkey, or ending the use of chantix, or nicotine patches/gum - there are a series of weeks that follow the last day of using nicotine that may cause to a new quitter temporary discomfort.
First there is "Hell Week" (Week # 1).
Then follows "Heck Week" (Week # 2).
After those 2 weeks, follows a very strange week called "WTF? Week" (Week # 3).
The first 2 weeks are self-explanatory - they are mostly about nicotine withdrawl - but this of "WTF? Week" (Week # 3) can be confusing to the Newbie.
But, the Newbie asks......"Why ??? Everybody is saying it gets more easier with time !!!"
The reason is because "WTF? Week" (Week # 3) can be when physical withdrawl symptoms are becoming much more weaker, but at the same time there may be more mental and emotional triggers and craves.
Add to this the unusual general feeling of not smoking for a few weeks, of not being comfortable yet with your new person and life as a non-smoker.
Many of us have quit for short periods of time, but when you get to Week # 3 you start to internalize that your quit can be permanent.....and this realization can generate irrational fear, anxiety, and panic in our addict minds.
The end result is that for many people, "WTF? Week" can be a very strange and perhaps confusing period of time, as the dynamics of your quit change from physical challenges, to mental and emotional challenges.
The truth is that quitting smoking does become more easier with time, but the journey is not always a straight line.
Instead, it is more a situation of first 1 good day then 1 bad day, then 2 good days, then 1 bad day, then repeat this for another week. Then in the following weeks, it may be 3 good days, and then 1 bad day.
Do not be disappointed if you experience this, because the general trayectory of your quit is always up, and away from the slavery the addiction imposes on us.....and more easier.
If you are in "WTF? Week" right now, do not ever forget or stop believing that it *WILL* become much more easier.
Just understand that the focus of your quit is now changing from physical withdrawl symptoms, to dealing with mental, emotional, and situation craves and triggers....and that these also will pass with time, as you N.O.P.E. them, which enables you to re-wire your brain and emotions.
The most important thing to always remember, is that everything bad or uncomfortable about quitting is *ALWAYS* temporary, but in reality is always good (it is *HEALING*)....and that which will be permanently good, will be permanent in your in life forever....at long as you take Not.One.Puff.Ever. (N.O.P.E.), and use this concept as your main tool to keeping this addiction asleep.