I believe you will not damage the engine of a brand new car by pumping dirty oil into it. Even if you do, it is still possible to get it repaired. And if the engine finally breaks down, you could just pay enough money to have the whole engine replaced or simply buy another car again.
The bad news is…
We cannot replace the only vehicle that carries us through life as we did with a car. That is our bodies. Every time we take a drag of a cigarette we are breathing cancerous fumes that have the potential to cause harmful damage to our internal organs.
What to Expect After You Quit
I have no intention of using scare tactics because those things do not work. If they do, it would have worked a long time ago. I believe you are here because you are already planning to quit (or at least you have the intention to).
If you are worried how much damage you have already done to your body then all I can say is keep your worries aside and just keep reading – you will feel significantly better by the end of it.
Here, I will show you a timeline on how your body marvelously heals itself and also share with you all the health benefits you will be reaping starting from your quit day. Health benefits are pretty obvious. I am sure you already know a couple.
But more importantly…
You can also expect a richer life; not just in terms of finance (in fact, finance is the least ‘important’ gains you are about to experience in my opinion) but a whole range of riches that also include your psychological well-being and the way you look at yourself.
Have you ever wondered if life will be different after you stop smoking? Life will definitely be different! But whether it is a boring life or a life filled with excitement depends on your understanding of nicotine.
Do You Have to Worry About Nicotine Withdrawal?
Yes and no.
Take a look on the internet (just do a quick google search) and you will see how many health establishments claim that nicotine has ‘serious’ withdrawal effects.
Then they kinda promote to you saying that the best way to fight nicotine withdrawal is to purchase their service(s), buy their Nicotine Replacement products, sign-up for their rehab programs, etc. – This is not referring to all health establishments but many. Think about it, it makes sense if they want your business.
The seriousness of Nicotine Withdrawal depends on how you perceive it.
Or interpret it.
If you believe you have to suffer hell on earth to get through nicotine withdrawal, you are right. If you believe that nicotine withdrawal is not a big deal and that you can get through easily, you are also right.
“WHETHER YOU THINK YOU CAN, OR YOU THINK YOU CAN’T – YOU’RE RIGHT.”HENRY FORD
I am not denying that there is absolutely no withdrawal – physically or mentally – there is.
But the truth about it is that… it is so mild.
Scientifically speaking, if nicotine withdrawal is as serious as they claim to be, tobacco and the use of nicotine products would have been banned a long time ago… as was the case with heroin, cocaine and other drugs that have serious withdrawal effects.
The threat of nicotine withdrawal is like having a cat on your doorstep but in your mind, you interpret it like a tiger.
What Happened When I Stopped Smoking
For me, the first thing people noticed about me when I stopped smoking was my outward appearance. More precisely, my skin.
Wonderful to have healthier nails, teeth and younger-looking skin.
Awesome to know that I have a stronger immune system to protect my body from harmful diseases.
Fantastic to know that my performance in sports (and in bed) improved significantly.
Nice to save a couple of bucks here and there.
But the most crucial advantage of being a non-smoker is to know that I have finally broken free from a lifetime of slavery.
My self-respect and the way I define myself was different after I stop smoking. The result of this was increased confidence.
My attractiveness and confidence level kinda manifest itself from the inside out.
It was as if many years of lost confidence had finally been regained.
That to me was the biggest win when I finally decided to stop smoking and stay smoke-free. The rest were extra bonuses.
Willpower Quitters Seldom Get This
But know this…
Throughout my journey of quitting, I had attempted more than 30 cold-turkeys but I didn’t feel or experience the feeling I described above for even a single time.
How is this possible?
As mentioned in my previous post on how to quit smoking, it is imperative that we first invest in our mindset or sharpen our ax as I like to call it.
If we use our willpower (or ANY other methods) without first investing in our mindset then it is easy to interpret our cat like a tiger. It is easy to fall into depression and relapse. It is easy to think that cigarettes are the source of our ‘happiness.’
Without first investing in my mindset; ALL my attempts garnered the worst feeling imaginable. The feeling that I was depriving myself of an ‘enjoyment,’ the feeling of envying smokers, the feeling of indigence.
It is not surprising that I didn’t celebrate my wins and neglected those positive feelings that I was supposed to have.
In short, I felt like shit every time I went cold-turkey.
I started gaining weight, throwing tantrums, getting into fights without any apparent reason all because I didn’t take the initiative to learn the truth about quitting first.
Quitting is NOT difficult. In fact, it is truly enjoyable if you first invest in your mindset.
What Happens When You Stop Smoking
The benefits of quitting are pretty universal. The only thing that may differ is our values. For instance, I value the conversation I have with myself (aka my self-confidence) more than I value my health, my outward appearances, and my finances.
For you, perhaps you are around people every day so you might value your outward appearances more than the rest. My point is to focus on those that matter most to you and magnify it… especially if you are looking for a hypnotherapist or a behavioral therapist to assist you in your smoke cessation aid. It is gonna be very helpful! 🙂 🙂