The Psychological Side of Giving Up Nicotine

Some say that when it comes to nicotine, smoking, and your desire to quit smoking, the battlefield is going to be more mental than physical. Indeed, most that have tried to quit smoking say that once they got through the tiredness, irritability, and other issues involved with breaking the physical and chemical bonds to nicotine, they actually felt pretty good. It’s the social things that you’re going to need to worry about. It’s the mental battle that you’re going to feel.

If you’re a smoker, chances are good that you have friends and family that smoke. Smokers tend to move in groups, and you might not get the support that you need from the people that matter to you. It might be tempting to go ahead and give up, but that’s definitely not what you want to do at all. You always want to make sure that you have more going on than just the obvious pledge to quit smoking. How will you accomplish that?

The first step is to realize that you’re going to need a change in routine. If you go out with friends that smoke in areas that you can smoke in, you’re going to have to change that. You need to be positive and confident. You need to really see what smoking does to the body — look it up and ask yourself if you want those symptoms and problems to plague you forever. You need to realize that this is the right time in your life to make a change. Some people like to actually journal their thoughts as they go along. Maybe that’s the right thing to do, but you’re going to still need to figure out what’s going to work for you.

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