I recently started smoking on a regular basis. It has been about 2 or 3 years now. Ironically, about 3 years ago, I decided to cut all recreational drugs and alcohol out of my life. Partying just wasn’t something I was interested in doing anymore. I rarely had done any partying in several years, so it seemed reasonable to just eliminate the lifestyle all together. Being the person that I am “partying” was never something I ever intended to get involved with but it happens as a teenager. I certainly never intended for that lifestyle to carry over into my adult life. Wouldn’t you know it that even though I rarely partied the moment I decided to cut it out completely I began having a craving for a cigarette… Added to the stress of a tragic event involving a loved one, the next thing I knew I had gone from bumming a cigarette here and there to buying my own pack.
At this point I buy, at the most, 4-6 packs a month. My father passed away from lung cancer when I was 10 and I had always been anti-smoking, BIG time! It is a really disgusting habit and it can kill you. Besides being a complete waste of better spent funds. I’ll be the first to admit that I have struggled with depression. But what I’m about to tell you was extremely bizarre to me. Just yesterday I smoked my last cigarette in the pack and a few hours later I was consumed with sadness and thoughts of bewilderment. This wasn’t the first time I had experienced this. There were a number of times where I would go in my bathroom, crawl up on the sink and cry from not having any cigarettes.
Well, turns out that cigarettes can cause and/or heighten symptoms of depression. A friend pointed out that there are a lot of chemicals in cigarettes and she believes that I am suffering with an addiction. I was glad to get her feedback because it helped me to isolate the problem and work to remedy it. I found a great article that teaches coping skills to help deal with nicotine addiction. With these new tools I feel very positive about my journey towards quitting smoking and feeling better mentally and physically.
“Whether you’re a teen smoker or a lifetime pack–a–day smoker, quitting can be tough. But the more you learn about your options and prepare for quitting, the easier the process will be. With the right game plan tailored to your needs, you can break the addiction, manage your cravings, and join the millions of people who have kicked the habit for good.” – http://www.helpguide.org/mental/quit_smoking_cessation.htm