If you ask most ex-smokers they would say that quitting was one of the hardest things they have ever done. And it is likely that most of these people would also tell you that they found smoking to be a daily pleasurable activity. That it helped them to wake up in morning, manage stress, provided boosts of energy, and helped them to relax. Smoking becomes a big part of a smoker’s life. The more you smoke, the more nicotine you need to feel good or “normal”. Smoking is one of those things that seems to run on autopilot. You don’t think about it, you don’t think about its affects, you just do it hour after hour, day after day. The thought of not having a cigarette can bring on fear and anxiety just because it is so ingrained into the smoker’s daily routine.
Consider this; if you took a tack and every morning stuck it in the bottom of your foot you would get a boost of energy and feel alert. Now maybe someone stresses you out at work so you do the same thing, it’s a miracle your not stressed anymore, in fact you can’t even remember what they did to piss you off. However, when you stick yourself in the foot with the tack it hurts, bleeds, and is sore for a bit. You don’t like to do it, you wish there was another way to deal with life. If someone gave you an option that was less hurtful you would jump at the chance and you would not miss it for an instant. I know this is a bit crazy but smoking is the tack causing you pain that truly provides no real benefit to you. There are tons of ways to manage stress, wake up in the morning, get boosts of energy. You don’t have to smoke, you don’t have to kill yourself day after day with the health effects of smoking. Yes, nicotine is an addictive drug but your body rids it from the system quickly, which is why you have to smoke so much during the day. The real battle when quitting smoking is the psychological effects smoking has had on the mind for so many years.
So yes, quitting smoking is hard but if you can change the way you think about it, it might just get easier for you to do. Keep trying and continue to learn from each attempt.