The Great American Smokeout: Help For Smokers With Stress & Anxiety

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On November 21, 2019, The American Cancer Society is sponsoring the Great American Smokeout, which challenges smokers to quit cigarettes for 24 hours

This fantastic drive is to show smokers that if they can stop smoking for 24 hours, then they can do it for longer, and as millions of permanent quitters around the world have proved – forever! My many years of research in the field of quitting smoking, and interviews with countless smokers and quitters, has shown me that smokers do not realize or appreciate the fact that smoking only keeps them locked in the never-ending cycle of stress, and anxiety.

People who are anxious, impulsive or frail, are often overshadowed by their smoking addiction, and there is a strong link between the need to smoke and sufferers of clinical depression

As I have written in my book, The Winning Way to Quit Smoking, which is free for Amazon Prime members, with the paperback and e-book reduced in price for The Great American Smokeout, and the rest of November: “Clinical depression and negative personality traits are high risk factors for both smoking, and not being able to quit. To that end, it is absolutely crucial that readers who are sufferers opt for a holistic integrative approach” .

Re-Booting

So let’s take a look at the daily scenario: “The first cigarette of the day which often and very detrimentally, replaces breakfast, receives an enthusiastic response from the nerve cells in the brain which react to the first nicotine rush of the day. (Smokers who can successfully cut out this first cigarette of the day with my breakfast suggestions, will be quicker and far more likely to succeed in total cessation)..

“During the first few cigarettes of the day nicotine increases the activity of the ‘feel good’ chemical messenger dopamine. – It leaves the smoker with a euphoric sensation of feeling ‘up’. – However, what goes up must come down, and the high is followed by an inevitable rebounding ‘low’. As the day moves on, the flow of nicotine does not have the same effect. – This is because the nerve cells begin to become de-sensitized. – Now the cigarettes generate less of a high, and smokers need to heavily re-boot as they are compelled to puff away even more”.

The Daily Withdrawal Syndrome

“For most people, the word ‘withdrawal,’ means the agony and trauma smokers go through at the time of quitting. There is however, a sequence of repeated ‘daily withdrawals’ which are encountered during the period which elapses after finishing one cigarette and having another. Let us consider the vicious cycle that you go through:

1. STUB OUT

2. ANXIETY SETS IN AND WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS ABOUND

3. RELIEF – YOU LIGHT UP ANOTHER CIGARETTE

When you stub out a cigarette, your mind and body are entering into a ‘withdrawal state’ as the nicotine speedily disintegrates. – This may be subtle, and the build-up can be so slow that you do not relate it to your last cigarette or recognize it as withdrawal, (which depending on the individual, time, day, and various other factors, gives you chemically induced anxiety, tension and restlessness). The cravings you feel in this withdrawal state are sent from your mid-brain which demands a dopamine fix”.

My revolutionary multi-holistic approach to Quitting Smoking, which I hope will help many Great American Smokeout participants, offers a broad range of techniques and suggestions to help all would-be quitters, especially those suffering from stress and anxiety. Recommended natural products include wonderful de-stressing aromatherapy oils, Quit Tea (smoking replacement), and Quit Support.

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Shirley Amy is a Holistic Health Specialist and professional writer who’s published 4 books. Her  interests include optimum wellness, mental health, fitness, and positive lifestyle change. She holds University and College qualifications in the fields of Health Science, Nutrition, Mental Health, Fitness, Holistic Therapy and Aromatherapy.
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