AND THE MIND SUFFERS TOO!
SMOKING AND MENTAL HEALTH
Just like all other parts of our body, smoking also affects our mental health.
This is done in a way that smokers think that smoking is helping their mental illness but in fact, it is destroying it.
A silent killer always goes by plans.
Reasons why most smokers become cigarette dependent.
- Life Stress
- Peer Pressure
- Temporary relaxation
SMOKING AND STRESS
Self-medication is what we call when people choose to smoke to calm their stress levels down.
Many smokers believe that smoking provides relief when they’re stressed but actually what happens is that smoking temporarily calms your mind and gradually takes you towards much bigger issues which are related to smoking.
So, remember that relief is a devil wearing the costume of an angel.
SMOKING AND ANXIETY
Research into smoking and stress has shown that instead of helping people to relax, smoking increases anxiety and tension.
SMOKING AND DEPRESSION
In the UK, smoking rates among adults with depression are about twice as high as amongst adults without depression. Smokers with depression have specific difficulty when they try to stop smoking and have more severe withdrawal symptoms during quitting.
SMOKING AND SCHIZOPHRENIA
People with schizophrenia are three times more likely to smoke than other people and they have a habit of smoking more heavily. People with schizophrenia use smoking to control or manage some of the symptoms related to their illness ignoring the effects of smoking on their body.
SMOKING IS NOT THE LAST SOLUTION:
All these are because smokers need that nicotine hit to calm their mind down but for that hit, they’re risking everything. Smokers just think that smoking is the way to go for nicotine but little do they know that they can still get their hit without burning tobacco which is smoking and causing harm to their bodies.
Smoking may provide you with short-term relief but the danger that is coming along with it is long-term and can even cause death.
WAYS TO HELP YOU QUIT
Thinking about going “COLD TURKEY”? don’t even think about it because it is the least effective way of quitting smoking.
When you think about quitting ask yourself these three questions
- Do you have a proper plan?
- Do you have proper support?
- Is it the right time to try?
HERE ARE A FEW THINGS THAT WILL HELP YOU THROUGH THIS QUITTING JOURNEY WITHOUT TORTURING YOUR MIND MORE.
Try looking for other ways in which you can deal with stress.
Smokers need other ways of dealing with stress, anxiety or other problems if they are thinking about quitting smoking.
You can try:
- Breathing exercises
- Regular exercise
- Cutting down on alcohol
- Eating a well-balanced diet
- Clinical hypnosis
Anxiety and stress take time to go away so being patient is the key. The above-mentioned methods are some of the well-known ways of dealing with stress and related mental illnesses.
ALLOW YOUR CLOSE FRIENDS AND FAMILY MEMBERS TO HELP YOU THROUGH THIS.
The journey is not easy already, smoking for years and then not smoking at all can be stressful on its own. Try involving your close ones in this journey with you. If not anything they’ll help you stay going, they can remind you of the consequences or they can help you calm down when you don’t see it happening.
AVOIDING TRIGGERS LINKED TO SMOKING
Why play with the brain, Right?
At the time of quitting your mind already is very sensitive to associations, so not removing tobacco products from your home will make the situation worse.
Same as going to places where you used to smoke. All these things will just drag you back in that dark hole. Allow your mind to see the good.
CHOOSE A HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVE:
What is better than a 95% safer alternative? With no as such bodily effects like smoking.
Yes, I am talking about vaping. We all know nicotine doesn’t have many harmful effects on our body but it’s the source that has grave effects which is smoking.
You can still get the nicotine you need and gradually bring that to an end with the help of vaping. Start with high amounts gradually reduce your nicotine intake and then bring it to 0%.
You can even get that cigarette like feeling in your hand with vape kits but again no burning, no cancerous toxins nothing, just vapours that help you live a better healthier life.
You can try these quitting techniques along with vaping and you’ll see how effectively you’ll quit smoking and you will never look back again.
Mental health is important, please take care of it.