Once we finally make the decision to face and deal with our smoking problem, we are almost immediately faced with the fear of quitting smoking. Fear of quitting smoking, or more specifically the fear of the stop smoking cravings, can easily overwhelm our resolve.
It does not need to be a fear-based experience. In fact, programs exist that can teach you how to take a positive approach and become a very happy Ex-Smoker.
Ending the addiction to tobacco is a process that starts one day at a time. And each tobacco-free minute brings you closer to a healthier life.
The benefits of quitting begin almost immediately. Within 20 minutes of your last cigarette, your body starts the process of healing and recovery.
Dreading the weight gain, bad moods, or chance of failure? Think again… There is a solution.
Debunking the Fears
It’s time to lay your quit-smoking fears to rest once and for all. Here’s what experts want you to know and why none of these fears should stop you from quitting smoking.
Fear #1: I’ll gain too much weight if I stop smoking.
Many people do gain weight when they stop smoking, but not everyone who quits smoking gains weight. The people who gain weight are the ones who substitute food for the cravings.
There is absolutely no other way to gain weight…. None. .. Weight does not drop on you out of the sky. It comes from the consumption of FOOD.
What about my Metabolism ?
A short detour is in order here…. Many people mistakenly believe that weight gain when stopping smoking occurs because of a change in metabolism. Yes, your metabolism will change. You will find that It will speed up, and here’s why:
Your metabolism changes because you are not smoking, therefore breathing better. You have more oxygen. You feel good and you want to exercise more when you don’t smoke. You are more active. You take up hobbies and activities that you did not have the energy for when you were smoking. Your circulation is better. You have more energy and the time to do something with that energy.
And that means that you should LOSE weight if you do not substitute food.
More information on this topic is available here.
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Fear #2: People around me have complained in the past that I am difficult to be around when I try to quit smoking.
Irritability is a common obstacle to stopping smoking. The dumping of that irritability when stopping has roots in psychology that is addressed in some publications and instruction manuals. This website addresses the topic more in depth in another post, but rest assured, techniques for removing irritability from the equation are not difficult to master.
Fear #3: My Social Life will suffer.
Let me challenge you to an experiment…. Go to any online dating site (even if you are not a member). Most will allow you to browse the profiles. Do you notice that about 6 out of 7 profiles are looking for Non-Smokers? In fact, they almost exclusively prefer Non-Smokers. How many do you see requesting to meet a Smoker ?
Hasn’t smoking caused others to treat you like a Pariah, an Outcast ?
When you are at work, do you need to stop for smoking breaks? Outside, Right?… Raining?… Cold?
When visiting at a friend’s home or trying to enjoy a nice meal in a restaurant or wherever we happen to be, don’t we put our enjoyments and activities on hold to go outside to smoke?
Aren’t Smokers actually continually taking a break from their everyday pleasures in life to go outside to smoke?
Doesn’t smoking actually interfere with the benefit and enjoyment of our social lives ?
Fear #4: I have difficulty concentrating when I try to stop smoking.
In the initial stages of stopping smoking, disorientation and difficulty concentrating are common side effects of the temporary withdrawal from nicotine. This is perfectly normal. It is also only temporary.
Compare this to the inconvenience of stopping whatever activity I am engaged in every 1-2 hours to go outside and smoke. And continue to do it every 1-2 hours every day for the rest of my smoking life.
That sounds like a lot more intrusive and interrupting to my concentration as a Daily Smoker than anything that I will experience as a Smoker trying to quit smoking.
Fear #5 Fear of Failure
This is the big one. This is the one that every human being struggles with in almost all areas of our lives. And don’t we find that most fears are just Bogey Men that aren’t really there when we open that closet door?
Isn’t it true that we haven’t failed until we give up trying? Let’s not confuse temporary setback with failure….
Procrastination is Failure’s best friend…. Immediate action is the only cure.
We recommend that you do not tell anyone that you are stopping smoking. Having others judge your actions or give you unqualified advice is not necessary.
NOW is the time to cast off the Ball and Chain of smoking. Tomorrow never comes.