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.
You’re also going to have to reach inside yourself and realize that the actions that you took in the past weren’t correct in terms of getting you to the goals that you really want. If there’s one thing that people hate, it’s the possibility of being wrong. Nobody wants to feel like they’re wrong about anything, and that’s part of the problem. We really want to be right no matter what, and that’s something that we can’t always achieve. So we need to make sure that we do the things that need to be done ahead of time.
The main thing is forgiveness. Sometimes the effects of smoking can catch up with you, and make you feel bad. That doesn’t help you quit. You need to forgive yourself for the choices you made in order to reach a better path down the road.
Are you ready to make that choice? The time to start is definitely today — don’t wait, do it now!