Quit Smoking For Better Mental Health?

    February 16, 2014
    Toni Matthews-El
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A number of studies have been done regarding how smoking impacts the body. With the various toxic chemicals that are found within cigarettes, it’s often treated as the main focus regarding anti-smoking campaigns.

As smoking has fallen out of favor in the United States, we have seen campaigns telling people to not smoke or quit smoking for a variety of health related reasons. For instance, the possibility of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD.

However, what about the mental benefits? A new study has emerged which suggests quitting smoking may actually improve mental health.

Researchers reviewed information relating to 26 different studies that found individuals who had quit smoking saw a reduction in stress levels, depression levels, an improvement in their quality of life, and overall felt more positive.

The idea that a smoker will feel better when they quit flies in the face of common smoking logic, which is that smoking alleviates all of these negative mental symptoms. Smoking was thought to at least make the smoker feel good even if the act of smoking was physically harmful.

Researchers feel that the “feel good factor” associated with smoking is actually the treating of withdrawal symptoms associated with not having a cigarette: Irritability, anxiety, and even depression.

If individuals who wanted to quit smoking were to allow themselves to experience the withdrawal, this study seems to suggest that the negative mental issues will improve on their own.

If you are looking to quit for your physical health alone, consider the fact that smoking is more or less a short-term fix regarding your feelings. The problem with this short-term fix is that the long-term consequences can be especially harmful. A long-term solution is to quit smoking and allow yourself to benefit not just physically, but mentally and emotionally.

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  • Scott

    Well, I recently made the decision to quit, it hasn’t been all that bad for me though. i did buy a pack last week but only smoked a few and ended up just feeling disgusted with myself and threw the pack away. I’m sticking with e cigs for a while now, I still get anxious and need the nicotine to help me feel like I’m calming down, it does help me. Plus, they don’t have the over 4,000 chemicals in cigs.

  • Adam

    I deal with hypochondria and since I’ve quit 6 months ago, I can’t say that it has helped me with that, but I do feel a lot better in every other aspect. It is so worth quitting smoking!

  • http://www.theartofhippy.com Anthony Turner

    I smoked for a long time, about 10 years, but luckily, I gave up 10 years ago, and have not looked back. Now, I am running between 6-8 miles 2-3 times per week. My advice to you if you are thinking of quitting is, don’t quit quitting, the damage can be repaired. If you would like more information on this, please check my post.. http://smoking-detox.blogspot.co.uk/

  • Lane Dupert

    I have finally quit!
    After months, even years of trying I have finally said “this is my last one”
    and meant it for once. I had my doubts at first, but after going to http://hypnosis2change.com/hypnosis/ and talking to
    Alisa, I decided to try something different and go through hypnosis. I am so
    glad I did, because it changed my life completely and I am no longer dependent
    of those evil cancer sticks.