Panic and Anger while trying to stop smoking

Posted by Merry, Volunteer Mentor @merpreb, Jan 24, 2020

Lately I have been struggling with migraines and vertigo. Last night while I was ending my day on-line a feeling of craving came over. It was as if a dark force was pushing through different layers of air to capture me. I knew exactly what it was- a slight nicotine craving! I quit 22+ years ago- cold turkey- kind of. I was to have a lobectomy of my right lower lung because of cancer. I stopped one night and put a patch on. A week later it was removed before my operation and never went back on. What was so hard about quitting was not only the craving but the angst and anger that came with it.
Why was I angry? Why wasn't I excited, like looking forward to her first party? This quitting smoking was a positive thing! I wouldn't stink anymore, my nails and teeth would lighten up. my Blood pressure would drop and I would have more money in my pocket. Because there are cyclic physical and emotional stages that you go through when you quit.
Your body has been use to nicotine. "Nicotine prompts the brain to release more dopamine, a chemical that is found to give humans a pleasant and relaxed mood. This is the most gratifying, yet short-lived, effect of cigarette smoking. Since the brain becomes nicotine tolerant after some time, smokers need more of the substance into their system to achieve the same pleasure.
When nicotine levels go down, the brain sends signals that will make you crave for that nicotine f again. You try very hard to distract yourself by different methods, such as eating, exercising, and more. Additionally, when stress levels rise, the body craves for more nicotine since it is used to the quick fix that the substance gives.
Everyone has a certain level of emotional quotient that gauges his or her ability to react towards different occurrences, manage anger and stress, communicate, and resolve issues. According to studies, the ability of a person to manage his or her anger and emotions during stressful events is also linked to smoking habits."*
There are many triggers that also set off cravings. Coffee, for some reason, didn't trigger any for me, not did seeing anyone smoke or inhaling any secondary smoke which I tried to avoid. My cravings, as you know, came and went, but they do go. You do get a break.
One thing that I would encourage you to do is to exercise like your life depends on it. And it does. I have no idea how long that you have smoked but I smoked heavily for 35 years. With out smoking kicking in endorphins I really needed to replace them. Exercise does that. Because I had a long recovery due to my surgery I couldn't exercise enough to make a difference. I hope that you can! Do you think that you can try again, knowing all of these things, with more success?

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