Side Effects of Quitting Smoking

They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them, but an entire life to forget them.

Same for cigarettes? Like unrequited love, never leaving you in peace?

Stay with me here, and we'll show you how you can break this attachment, what to expect, and how to banish this two-faced friend that's forever leading you up the garden path.

Side Effects of Quitting Smoking

You CAN control the physical and emotional smoker in you. You CAN discover how to quickly minimize side effects when you stop smoking.

Getting on top of the side effects of quitting smoking is easier than you think.

But first, as they say, "come sit with me here and tell me your story... "

It's important to go back to the start of your smoking to know what your side effects of quitting smoking will be and how to deal with them.

What made you try your first cigarette? What made you desire something that's totally unnecessary to life downright dangerous in fact?

The risk aspect of it? Or maybe it was the sophistication of someone you knew, who smoked and seemed to be so with-it? The truth is probably somewhere in between.

Nobody takes up smoking because they're addicted to nicotine—it starts in the mind. You made a choice.

So after dealing with the physical side effects of quitting smoking, see Nicotine withdrawal symptoms ...then the emotional smoker in you needs attention.

Actual side effects of quitting smoking

The physical effects are listed at Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms. But for some people, quitting can "mess with the mind." Some possibilities that might crop up are:

  • Mild depression or sadness. There goes your best friend that you turned to in need. Tobacco was always handy to blot out your worries and give you your fix.
  • Anxiety. The jitters and fear of facing life without tobacco might try and overwhelm you.
  • Boredom and loneliness. There are now a few gaps in your day to fill up. A smoker spends a lot of time hanging about either smoking, rolling or buying and preparing things for their habit.
  • Anger or short-temper. Despite making a positive change in your life, this can still be stressful. All life changing events, good and bad are seen by the body as stress. It's not necessarily bad, but it can cause you to over re-act and be a bit on a knife-edge for a short time.

I'm 16, but hey, it's cool to look 21

From the many surveys done over the years, the generalizations are that young people are predictable, and they hanker after one or all of the following... fitting in, recognition, sophistication, being cool, relieving anxieties, flouting restraints, having fun, testing, testing... and so on. (Don't we all—especially having fun.)

Some people push their limit with sport, a hobby, weird behaviour or attachment. Others break out with alcohol, flirt with drugs or similar.

And research shows most smokers took up their habit through being influenced by somebody in their life or a peer group whom they admired, or craved to be like.

This then was an emotion... a psychological need.

Some smokers want to emulate famous stars who smoked — charismatic people who push boundaries and flaunt society's rules. You may have this sort of personality, and may also like to lead others and thumb your nose at authority.

Or more often than not, you could be, or at least were when you started smoking, just a bit unsure of yourself, and looked up to one or more influential people that came into your life.

Maybe at that time, you had a need to fill and had no other healthier activities to distract you, and perhaps didn't have the checks and balances of guidance and discipline to heed.

Quit smoking side effects - lighting cig

Emotions, moods, boredom... enough to drive you to... well, smoking in this case.

Plus of course, drinking is usually another negative rite of passage that goes hand in hand with smoking.

And as sure as elephants can't jump, like all young people, the thought of payback or side effects of quitting smoking down the track was not of remote concern to you.

I mean 50, who cares! 50 is so-o-o old, you've got a lotta livin' to do!

What pushed you over?

Now the tricky part comes in... what made you carry on to become addicted?

Here's a quick questionnaire:

  • Did you enjoy your very first smoke?
  • Do you smoke everyday?
  • Do you smoke 15 or more a day?
  • Do you get a real buzz from nicotine, enough to change your mood?
  • Do you grab a smoke first thing in the morning?

Are most of your answers yes? Then you can partly blame your genes.

Research shows that a small proportion of people are genetically more receptive to the stimulants in nicotine than others, and usually end up heavier smokers too read more on this in Nicotine withdrawal symptoms

Regardless of this, many people pushed through the barriers of distaste, unpleasant symptoms and expense, and kept trying in their efforts to project sophistication, rebelliousness or just to "belong."

But over time, most young people found better things to do and got a better idea of who they were and where they were going, which boosted their self-esteem.

And so they got their kicks and having fun other ways... and thus didn't become addicted.

Side effects of quitting smoking - smoker and smoke

Your personal prop

But if your genes make you more susceptible to nicotine, and/or emotionally you enjoy the culture of smoking, then of course by now the chemical buzz, however small, has got to you.

If so, both the physical and mental side effects of quitting smoking have to be fixed pronto.

And if you're using your smoking habit to deal with negative emotions, such as sadness, depression or anxiety, then most certainly you'll find yourself with emotional side effects from quitting smoking.

With smoking and emotions, there's little point in quitting, when you still have unpleasant emotions lurking.

If you're angry, you're angry smoker, drinker or not.

Smoking is a symptom of your anger, boredom, loneliness, or set-back in life, as the case may be, and it's so easy to let it settle into a bad habit. You become addicted to the nicotine and addicted to the experience of smoking to cope.

Extra, extra, read all about it!

But, guess what? Good news, fixing the cause of your negative emotions is not like a huge black hole filled with a lifetime of therapy or addiction.

You can find the sun in your life again, you can follow your rainbow... and you can learn to do it yourself very quickly... whoopee!

Side effects quit smoking - rainbow hills scene

There are timeless, proven strategies to eliminate any side effects of quitting smoking and pull yourself up to a confident happy person, beginning with your mind.

Huh, mind? Yes, the seat of your problems is the key to your recovery. Learn to control your mind and change your thinking... and you change your life. How cool is that!

The principles in the Quit for Good Stop Smoking Program lead you through this process expertly.

You can grab the bull by the horns and get rid of your smoking habit in one easy week. It's over and done with fast using this powerful program... and it's easier than you think, even fun at times!

What you'll discover is that side effects of quitting smoking are unnecessary as you instantly zero on to the purpose of quitting, using mental techniques, and re-programming new habits.

It's vitally important for permanent recovery in relation to quitting smoking and emotions to:

  • Discover your innermost feelings about smoking
  • Uncover your strengths and get to the seat of your identity
  • Deal with any discomfort
  • Learn how to manage your emotions in better ways
  • Eliminate the desire and gain confidence that you will quit
  • Equip yourself with creative ways to make the change
  • Keep the momentum going
  • Cope with stress
  • Heal any and all unpleasant experiences that have controlled your life up until now.

Interestingly it was emotions that got you into all the messes in your life, and it is emotions that will free you too.

Did you know that the biggest emotion that makes people quit smoking is fear? Fear of their future if they continue to smoke.

When this fear outweighs the fear of the side effects of quitting smoking, a little light comes on... and you go looking for peace of mind.

So hello, nice to see you here, and we really look forward to making this day one of the best in your long and happy life!

Read about: The Physical Symptoms of Nicotine Withdrawal