Anxiety Over Quitting

June 1, 2011 posted by Len B.

For those people who smoke and have ever thought about quitting, there are many challenges to overcome when making that big decision. One of those challenges is how to overcome the anxiety that comes about just at the thought of quitting. Thinking about quitting can provoke intense fear, not to mention the feelings of extreme anxiety after quitting. This fear is what causes many people to avoid selecting a quit date altogether.

The first step for dealing with the anxiety associated with quitting is to recognize and know the challenges that will be faced ahead, and then putting together an action plan for how to deal with each one of those challenges. For most, quitting smoking is not easy. Nicotine is highly addictive and your body has grown accustomed to having nicotine in it. When you cut off the supply of nicotine to your body it will begin to experience withdrawals and you will find yourself with the urge to smoke.

How did you plan on dealing with the anxiety over the thought of quitting? If you’ve successfully quit, how did you deal with it?

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