Hi. It’s Jenny at AnxietyBoss.com. Our question today is from Maria in Seattle. This question may sound weird, but basically smoking cigarettes gives me anxiety or if I see someone smoking, I get anxious. I cannot stop smoking.
Well, to begin with, smoking sends an artificial adrenal rush through our body. Sadly enough, the rush is synthetic, temporary and above all, absolutely unhealthy for your body. The anxiety you experience when you take a puff could be an anticipation of this fluttering emotion.
Now let’s look at your own psychological makeup. At the back of your mind, your subconscious is fully aware of the fact that smoking is not right for you. It is also known that what you are doing is probably not very socially acceptable. It is this guilt that bothers your mind at the conscious level.
Now if you look at it from the reverse, you are actually suffering from capnophobia, which is an intense fear and hatred for smoking, though you are yourself into the vicious gambit. It is this irony in your mind that is causing this stress.
Experts around the world vouch for the fact that there is perhaps no addition worse or more damaging than one to nicotine. In fact, nicotine leads the way for you to start onto other addictive substances and has a potential to set you on a path of full-blown addiction.
Try this to start with. Whenever you want to take a puff, just go for it. Tell your mind it’s all right to take a cigarette when you really want to. This way you will manage to beat your own conscious mind out of the guilt trap. The next is to gather information on what tobacco and cigarettes do to your health. This will motivate you enough to seek therapy and finding ways to quit.