Doesn’t smoking relieve your stress? The answer is no. Isn’t that what everyone is told? The answer is yes.
Why is that?
I had terrible anxiety, especially during the last few years of my life. Everyday I had an anxiety attack, but I didn’t know why.
Later on I found out one of the main causes was from nicotine withdrawal. Since I was a smoker, it all made sense.
Smoking was causing my stress!
I had it all backwards.
I certainly didn’t remember having anxiety as a child, or an early teenager. I was fine in high school, I didn’t have any problems.
I was normal just like everyone else. I was confident, and I could speak in front of crowds with no issue.
I only started getting anxiety when I was about 26 years old, almost 10 years into my cigarette addiction.
Anxiety definitely hit me when I was at work, but I was able to handle stress before, so why now? Why all of a sudden?
Well it had to be from years of smoking chemicals and going through withdrawal. All those ups and downs between cigarettes all day long everyday.
It’s a total recipe for anxiety attacks.
Since they were so prevalent in my life, I decided to put an effort into quitting.
In fact, it was reduced by about 80%. That is a lot in my world.
I went from having an attack everyday to having one a couple times a month.
That is huge!
That’s a game changer for someone going through this torture all the time.
Everyone thinks that cigarettes relieve stress. That is completely the opposite of what is actually going on.
They cause stress.
When you’re going through withdrawal, you crave a cigarette, and you get stressed-out if you can’t have one.
When you finally smoke, your stress level goes down and you feel better, right?
If you weren’t a smoker, you wouldn’t be experiencing those moments of panic.
When the nicotine levels in your body become low, the cravings strike, which causes you to freak out. That’s why you give in.
You don’t smoke because your job is too stressful, or whatever situation you may be in, you smoke because of the intense cravings.
Your body demands it!
What they don’t realize is if they quit all together, they wouldn’t have anxiety (or very much reduced). They wouldn’t get stressed-out, no matter what the circumstances were.
Sure, work can be tough at times, but you certainly won’t have moments of panic like you used to.
Do you see others freaking out on a daily basis? Probably not. If you do, are they smokers? Think about it.
When I quit permanently, my anxiety just fizzled away for the most part.
It was bad for the first couple weeks, until I was over the physical withdrawal symptoms, but once I was over that, it all vanished.
Then I’d get one maybe once or twice a month.
Compare that to one every single day and that is a huge improvement.
It didn’t even matter if the situation was stressful or not, I’d still get an attack.
That never happened before when I was younger. I’d never get them as a teenager.
Now all those tough times at work seem easy to handle. I don’t turn into a zombie anymore!
Now I face them naturally, the way I was intended to.
No more swallowing spit or glossy eyes, or monotone speech impairments. That’s what happened to me on a daily basis, and once I quit, it all went away.
Now I live with confidence!
Throw out those nasty cigarettes and you’ll go back to normal, just like nature intended.
That’s a guarantee!