What about irritability ?
When nicotine levels in the blood start falling, you feel a craving to smoke and in order to maintain the nicotine level we smoke at specific intervals. Usually every one to two hours.
A smoker’s life is controlled by nicotine.
Nicotine makes you laugh, makes you cry, makes you feel sad and makes you feel satisfied.
All your emotions are hostage of nicotine.
The nicotine in the cigarettes take hostage of neuro-chemicals in the brain especially Dopamine.
Dopamine is the chemical responsible for making you feel good.
When Dopamine become a hostage of nicotine your “feel good factor” is in the hands of cigarettes.
Then cigarette becomes a mandatory companion in every activity.
You don’t feel enjoyment in a particular activity if it is not accompanied by cigarettes.
But unfortunately, very soon this chemical change in your brain make you a habitual smoker and you become a drug addict.
After some years you don’t enjoy your cigarettes, you just smoke because you have to smoke.
Now once you quit, there’s no one to make you feel “happy”.
This is because your brain is conditioned to receive “dopamine simulation” every 1-2 hours.
Another popular theory is that these temporary effects eventually cause the brain to lose its ability to regulate dopamine levels. Since dopamine is a neurotransmitter that plays a central role in generating feelings of pleasure and reward, imbalances can cause people to engage a range of harmful behaviors.
That’s the reason ex-smokers feel departed as if part of you is being left behind.That’s the reason they feel depressed.
That’s the reason they can’t control their emotions.
That’s the reason that their entire physiology is out of balance.
What can you learn from this discussion that can benefit you today?
How can you apply this renewed knowledge?