After almost a full year of not smoking, I started smoking again.
I am a non smoker!
It’s been two weeks since my 1 day slip 3 weeks since my quit date. It’s getting a bit easier every day. There are still times that I really crave a cigarette, but am thankfully able to distract myself and resist.
Smoking. One of the worst things you can ever do. The odd person is lucky, they pick one up have it occasionally. These smokers are normally classified as a social smoker, and they can put it down at any time. In a lot of situations they don’t even really enjoy a smoke unless they are drunk. Than there is us……
The people who smoke every day, all the time. We have a never ending addiction with a plethora of excuses on why we need it. “It destresses me, I’m more productive, its my only chance to have a break, it helps me sleep, it suppresses my appetite,” the list goes on and on. One of the biggest reasons a number of smokers will tell you is: “I enjoy it.” I call bullshit. When you take a step back no one enjoys smoking. Everything on you smells, your fingers and teeth are stained, it’s slowly killing you. No big deal though.
The reality is we smoke because we are addicted. Nicotine affects many parts of our body including our brain. Over time our body and brain get used to having nicotine in them. Nicotine reaches your brain within several seconds of entering your body. It causes the brain to release adrenaline and that creates a buzz of pleasure and energy. I mean when you put it that way fuck lets go have a smoke. I personally like buzzes of pleasure and energy. The problem is that the buzz quickly fades and then you feel tired or a little down and need that buzz again. This is a never ending cycle. With time, we know the only thing that will give us the buzz we are craving is nicotine, so we are lighting up more and more to get that feeling. Now your smoking more and more so Nicotine is slowly integrating itself into part of you’re daily routine. You wake up have a smoke. You eat breakfast, have a smoke. You have sex, you have a smoke. So the nicotine got you wanting that buzz and then the routine becomes a habit. This now makes it impossible to give it up. You have to re organize your whole life when you quit smoking and deal with the symptoms of withdrawal from the nicotine.