Imagine waking up every day feeling like you have a brand new body and mind. Well, that’s exactly what happens when you quit smoking. The benefits start as soon as 20 minutes after your last cigarette, and they just keep getting better. Here are some of the events that kick start that positive spiral:
Not only that, there are visible improvements in our cognitive and emotional well-being: a reduction in feelings of fear, worry, and irritability; a huge boost in concentration and memory function; a significantly lowered chance of depression and other disorders.
But inarguably, it isn’t all rainbows and roses straight away. Many people will experience the unwelcome “smoker’s flu” – a withdrawal accompanied by sleepless nights, grouchiness, or anxiety. But these temporary symptoms are no excuse for putting your long-term health at risk. In the long run, imagine being able to handle stress better than ever, feeling happier, and not having to worry about your health problems related to smoking. Hitting the reset button on your body and mind starts with your last cigarette.
If you’re a smoker, consider which of the benefits you desire to experience the most. How long would it take to get there? What are the fundamental ways in which quitting would benefit your daily life and relationships? If you’ve recently quit, what have been the best parts about it and the biggest improvements you’ve seen in yourself? How can you keep up your progress, without giving into the “smoker’s flu” side effects?
Quitting is no easy feat and there will be moments in your journey that are filled with temptation. But if you make this commitment to yourself and remain resolute, you have the power to transform your life and give yourself the gift of a happier and healthier future.