Does Nicotine Have Its Hold on You?

Does Nicotine Have Its Hold on You?

Break free from the shackles of nicotine.

Nicotine is a highly addictive substance found in tobacco products that is absorbed quickly into your bloodstream. One puff and all it takes is 10 seconds for that nicotine to flood your brain with adrenaline. The pay-off is immediate But the high is only temporary. Shortly after you finish one cigarette, your body starts to feel tired and a little down and you crave that buzz again. So begins the cycle of dependency that is the cornerstone of addiction. And that’s what turns you into a cigarette junkie.

Part of the problem is the way your body builds up a high tolerance to nicotine. In order to keep getting the same pleasurable effects, you need to smoke more and more cigarettes. To prevent the sting of withdrawal symptoms, your every thought becomes a strategy to find your next smoke and get relief. It’s a Catch-22 that doesn’t have your highest benefit at heart.

When you look further into nicotine withdrawal, you’ll see the symptoms are very similar to that of other drugs like alcohol and cocaine. Anxiety. Irritability. Headache. Hunger. Constant cravings, in this case, for cigarettes and other sources of nicotine. But it’s not all your fault. Today, cigarettes deliver more nicotine than ever before. Cigarette makers prey on the power of nicotine addiction over you, and they intentionally use chemicals and additives to make their products addictive.

This Monday, put nicotine in its place and regain your personal quit power:

  • Pay close attention to the background noise in your mind and correct unhealthy thoughts of smoking as they arise.
  • Discover what your personal triggers are and try to avoid them (e.g., other smokers, stressful situations).
  • Have a buddy to call when nicotine starts calling you.
  • Write down your list of reasons for quitting and keep it with you at all times.
  • Find other ways to deal with withdrawal symptoms — such as meditating, exercising, listening to music, and other enjoyable, healthy outlets.
  • Rid your home of all residue of smoking by doing a thorough housecleaning and throwing out all cigarettes and smoking paraphernalia.
  • If you slip, forgive yourself, pick yourself again, and get back on track as soon as possible.

Don’t forget that you can overcome the addictive power of nicotine and not let it rule your life!

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By | 2020-01-16T19:16:15+00:00 September 26th, 2016|Motivation, Strategies to Quit|