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Jane Barkley. Fresh Endeavours
I’ve watched a ton of videos on How-To quit smoking, read the handbooks, done the research… One of the things I’m always kind of surprised is lacking from all of the resources I’ve ever looked at is that smoking fulfills a need. It doesn’t really matter how you feel about that, it’s just the way it is. Apart from the physiological addiction is the completely profound emotional needs that smoking meets. For some it may be fitting in socially, feeling a completely invigorating sense of independence, relieving stress. For me it was a big part of the latter. Smoking was one of the best tools I had to help alleviate stress, anxiety, upset, worry, and other feelings that I generally wanted not to feel. Lighting a cigarette made those things more tolerable, manageable, and I experienced a nice rush of more pleasant feelings in place of the stuff I didn’t want to feel.
For me, doing things that helped me to feel really prepared, organized, and put together prevented me from getting stressed out in the first place. There are all kinds of things I can do that make me feel prepared for any situation, and as a result- experience far less stress. Now, that doesn’t mean I don’t ever get stressed, but it does mean that when I do I’m far better able to accept feeling that way, and I don’t try to escape it.
If you’re trying to quit smoking I wish all the best in it. You deserve it, and everyone around who loves you deserves to have you healthy, happy, and active in their lives for years to come.
Source: The BEST Way to Quit Smoking