Do You Know All Of The Psychological Benefits Of Quitting Smoking?
You probably already know that quitting will improve every part of your body. (If not, don’t worry, you can see what happens when you stop smoking here.)
But what about your sanity?
If, like me and most of the other smokers, you may be afraid that quitting will make you anxious, depressed, and unhappy. However, this is not the case.
And if in the past you quit but haven’t had any psychological benefits, I’ll explain in a moment why this happened to you.
Now let me show you the top three psychological benefits of quitting smoking.
1. Increased confidence
Quitting smoking increases your rate external trust because you have whiter teeth, smell better, have lighter and firmer skin, and look younger.
Especially when you stop smoking, you slow down the aging of your face and the appearance of wrinkles and you start Reversing the Effects of Smoking on Your Appearance. Your skin gets more nutrients and oxygen, making you look younger.
They also look livelier and healthier, and Health is beauty.
But most importantly Quitting also increases your internal confidence.
Quitting smoking will be one of the most important achievements of your life. And that accomplishment creates a point of reference where you can do whatever you set out to do. It becomes proof that you can accomplish difficult things, and that success can have a positive effect on your life.
Many of our members have quit smoking and then move on Lose weight, overcome other addictions and bad habits, achieve more goals in life, have new experiences and stand up for yourself more. Quitting smoking can change your life in many ways.
And if you are already someone who can do everything but Quitting Smoking … Imagine how good you will feel when you are free and face that goal as well.
It will give you unwavering confidence. Because no one can take the trust that comes from knowing that you’ve done something that you once thought was impossible.
However, in order to experience the benefit of confidence to quit smoking, you must own your non-smoking identity.
What I mean?
If you are a disadvantaged ex-smoker and you tell everyone how hard it was to quit or how much you miss smoking, you do not own your non-smoking identity.
Instead, you need to wear your non-smoking identity as a confidence guard that allows you to achieve anything you want.
Will this feeling of trust continue?
Yes! Don’t get me wrong, you will have difficult days as a non-smoker – this is part of life. But the longer you stay smoke-free, the more your self-confidence increases.
Every single day that you are smoke free is an achievement until the days add up and become part of who you are.
2. Increased happiness
Another benefit of quitting smoking is that it will make you happier. Yes, letting go of this addiction will increase your happiness!
At the moment, you may be thinking that you will be unhappy with quitting smoking. You’re not alone!
You can even say that you prefer to smoke and live a short life and enjoy it … rather than a long life of being unhappy without cigarettes.
When we are addicted, we tend to mistake addiction for happiness. Addiction is not happiness.
So this is not really a compromise that you are ready to make. What you actually weigh up with smoking cessation is a life of addiction with a life of freedom.
Because living with addiction is like living a lie.
Addiction makes you believe that you cannot live without what you are addicted to.
For example, if you ask heroin addicts, “Why do you use heroin?”…. Her real answer is, “I can’t cope without her.” “I can’t live without her.” “I can’t be happy without her.”
If someone told you that, what would you think? You’d think heroin makes you unhappy, right?
It is much easier to see the truth when we look at other addictions. However, the same applies to nicotine addiction. Being addicted will decrease your happiness and quality of life.
Nicotine is the problem, not the solution.
– Principles of the CBQ method
A study by Cancer Research UK shows that just one year after quitting, ex-smokers are happier than they were before and also happier than current smokers.
You will also see this from your own experience.
You will likely not smoke your last cigarette and wake up euphoric the next day. This can happen, but for most of us there has to be an adjustment phase during which our brain heals and regulates its dopamine.
However, this adjustment phase, also called withdrawal, leads to a better and happier future.
What does it mean to you to be happy?
Maybe it is to be at peace, to enjoy every moment of life, to feel free, to grow emotionally and spiritually and to be there for your loved ones.
Whatever happiness is to you, ask yourself: does smoking offer you these things? Or does it take them away?
What smoking adds to your life is guilt, agony, and worry. How is the happiness
3. Decreased anxiety and depression
One of the most overlooked benefits of smoking cessation is the reduction in anxiety and depression that occur after the adjustment period.
Most smokers fear that quitting will increase their anxiety and depression, and that they will not be able to manage and manage their emotions without cigarettes.
However, smoking does not help you manage your emotions. It will help you ignore the root cause and distract yourself for a moment.
In order to Smoking is not a coping mechanism; It’s a distraction mechanism.
Think about it.
If smoking really relieves stress and depression, then smokers are the most relaxed and happiest people of all time, and of course they are not.
Smoking is a source of psychological distress in itself: food cravings, not being in control of your life and health, feeling confident all the time, missing precious moments about smoking, worrying about your health….
The truth is that smoking cessation reduces anxiety and depression. You will feel so much better. Because when you stop smoking, you get rid of:
- The cravings that cause stress, tension, and excitement all day
- Obsessed and concerned about your next cigarette
- Have health anxiety
- The cigarettes go out and you worry when you have enough
- Smell and worry about the smell
- Rearrange your life to smoke
- Feeling guilty about smoking
How relaxing is that ?!
One study collected data from 26 other studies on mental health, depression, anxiety, and mixed anxiety and depression among smokers.
And they found that quitting smoking reduced depression and anxiety, and improved positive mood and quality of life – also for smokers with mental disorders and even for smokers with mood and anxiety disorders.
In fact, for people with mood and anxiety disorders, smoking cessation has been as effective as treatment with antidepressants.
So not smoking was just as effective as taking medication.
This says a lot about what smoking does to your brain.
Even if you feel that smoking relieves your stress for a moment, addiction actually creates and exacerbates negative emotions.
Every cigarette you smoke relieves your cravings while causing the next craving. This is a never ending vicious cycle.
Why does smoking seem to relieve stress? Why do you feel relaxed after a few tokes? I am going to explain everything you need to know about nicotine and anxiety here.
Why didn’t you see any mental health benefits the last time you quit smoking?
What if you stop and feel unhappy, stressed out, or depressed?
Here are a few things to keep in mind.
1. You have not gone through the adjustment period.
It takes about 3 months for your brain to recover and naturally regulate dopamine.
So you need to give your brain time to heal. But there is no reason why you can’t enjoy life in the meantime!
There are other ways you can increase your dopamine. Exercise, diet, education, motivation, and asking for help are great ways to get through the first few months of your smoke-free life.
If you feel bad, remember that this is how you felt while smoking – without quitting smoking. Nicotine is the problem, not the solution.
2. You quit, but you were still mentally addicted.
It is possible that you quit smoking, but you still believed that smoking added value to your life that made you feel disadvantaged.
Of course, believing that smoking is your friend and will help you in difficult times is just a belief created and sustained by mental addiction.
The solution is to work on your mental addiction so you can want to quit smoking. It’s never too late to break down psychological addiction, even after you’ve quit.
3. You haven’t used or learned any new coping skills.
As we mentioned a few lines above, smoking is not a coping mechanism. It’s a distraction mechanism. However, if it’s the only coping tool you’ve ever used or known, it’s natural for you to experience a void when it’s gone. So, you need to fill that void with healthy coping strategies. And if you do, it will change your life forever.
When you quit smoking, you will improve your mental health by increasing your external and internal confidence, increasing your happiness, and drastically reducing your anxiety and depression levels.
This is how you can experience all of the benefits of smoking cessation
I want you to quickly imagine something.
Imagine it has been almost three months and you haven’t had a single move.
You are overjoyed. Not because you can keep yourself from buying a pack. But because you enjoy being a non-smoker.
Sounds great right?
The benefits of smoking cessation that you will experience are priceless! Not only will you get your health back, but you will also enjoy life better than before.
This has been achieved by thousands of smokers by overcoming their psychological addiction using the CBQ method.
CBQ, which stands for cognitive cessation of behavior, is a psychology-based method that has helped thousands of smokers become successful. It’s the same method I talked about in my TED talk, and it works because it has 4 smoking cessation phases.
These 4 steps will lead you from your current location to a happy non-smoker.
So if you want to get started with the CBQ method, make sure you get the basic video of the CBQ.
In this video I will show you the 4 phases of the CBQ method, how they work together, and tips to start with each phase. It gives you an overview of your entire smoking cessation journey from start to finish, and a PDF Starter Guide to the CBQ Method with tips and pointers to use on your journey.
The basic video of the CBQ method can be found here.