Hi. It’s Jenny at AnxietyBoss.com. Our question today comes to us from Charles in Phoenix. I recently quit smoking and get very anxious at random times.
Well, as a regular smoker, you may find that cigarettes have a short-term calming influence because smoking cures your nicotine craving and withdrawal symptoms momentarily. That’s why when you quit smoking, you get really anxious at random times. These time periods are actually when your body lapses into nicotine withdrawal. And because you no longer smoke, there’s no quick fix for your withdrawal symptoms. As a result, your body actually goes into a mini withdrawal panic attack. This is why quitting smoking is one of the most difficult tasks for many people.
It has taken countless lives and people still find it difficult to quit despite the health risks. Not to mention the thousands of dollars it costs every year. But there is some hope. As the first phase is really probably the hardest phase in your process of quitting, it does get better and better.
According to research studies, regular smokers who quit smoking for more than two weeks have lower anxiety levels than actually when they were smoking regularly, so don’t start smoking. Once you get over this little bump, you will realize how much better you feel without needing to constantly smoke.
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