Quitting smoking is hard, but you didn’t need us to say that to you. It’s hard because of all of the chemicals found in a single cigarette. Those chemicals work together to send a lot of signals to the brain at once. Over time, the brain gets addicted to that rush of signals, and it’s very hard to break the addiction. You might see other people that can start and stop smoking and think “Hey, I could do that!” Really, you can’t — and these people that tell you that they can give up smoking whenever they want are generally very light smokers that have not been smoking for a long time. If you really want to beat your smoking habit for good, you need to make sure that you don’t try to pick it up again. You will ruin your odds of getting over the addiction if you do this.
So, where do you go from here? You might be asking yourself that and feeling pretty ashamed of going back to those cigarettes. Don’t do that to yourself — if you shame yourself into anything, you’ll carry around too much guilt. Many smokers have to try to quit several times before they’re actually successful.
What you need to do is find a path to quitting smoking that works for you. We definitely recommend using e-cigarettes in order to get you in the right frame of mind. If you use e-cigarettes, you have a choice between going with the ones that have nicotine and the ones that don’t. The non-nicotine ones give you the pleasure of putting something to your lips and the sensation of a very fine vapor coming out. There is no smoke and no flame, so they are permissible in places that you normally couldn’t smoke at. Being able to smoke virtually everywhere is definitely a pleasant surprise — which is why e-cigarettes are so popular!
If you don’t want to go down this path, you might want to explore the more psychological side of why it’s so difficult for you to quit smoking. Many former smokers never realized that they have so much that determines their own path into smoking, always just assuming that there wasn’t really anything wrong with them at all. However, journaling can reveal to you exactly why you became a smoker, and any emotions that you assign to smoking. Does smoking make you feel good after a long day at work? You might want to try to switch to physical activity instead. You can get the same type of rush through working out without the harmful aftereffects of smoking.
Overall, the goal here isn’t to beat yourself up — it’s to start thinking about all of the things in your life that can lead you to smoking. You also want to ensure that you’re thinking about the future without cigarettes at all. Even though it doesn’t seem like you can achieve such a future, you have to believe that you can.
Getting off the quit smoking train can hurt for a while, and it’s easy to think that you’re a failure because of it. As mentioned before, you can’t think of it that way at all. You truly do have what it takes to quit smoking, so don’t give up!