…in operation SmokeOut. It seems that the smoking was helping with previously unknown levels of anxiety. In an effort to reduce my anxiety levels I’ve been drinking more beer than usual in the evenings. The problem with that is that the drinking the night before also increases my anxiety in the mornings.
So, it’s been quite the Catch-22. Of course if I had still had medical insurance, I’d talk to a doc about all of this, (as I also think there is some depression in there too) but since I no longer have that luxury I’ve decided to quit drinking, at least for a while. It seems to help level out the anxiety instead of there being huge peaks and deep valleys.
I’ve been thinking about trying kava to lessen some of the effects. I’ve also read that exercise can help, too.
This also neatly dovetails into other things I’ve read concerning smokers. The ones that find it most difficult to quit are usually the ones that are depressed.
Anyway, I’m determined not to smoke anymore. No matter what it takes.