Posted by Lao Tzu on January 12, 2011, at 14:20:32
I think after all I have been through these past four years, one thing is definitely keeping me depressed and nervous, and that is cigarette smoking. Biochemically, with my nutrient regimen and medication, my chemical depression is gone as I have put tons of effort into figuring it out. Some of the things that will thwart your efforts to becoming well again include smoking and drinking. I know this because in the morning when I wake up I feel rather well until I start smoking. After a few cigarettes I start to feel numb again and the whole process for the day starts over again as it had the previous day. I think my boredom and depression are actually caused by the cigarettes, and now I've been reading an interesting book called the Easy Way To Stop Smoking by Allen Carr which after several days of reading the book, his advice is starting to sink in and cause me to ask myself, why do I smoke?
First and foremost, he says it is a drug addiction and I think most people know that it is. However, he says that the actual withdrawal from nicotine is mild, but the hard part is getting over the fact that when you quit you are afraid that you are now being deprived of something pleasurable when in fact, most heavy smokers don't actually enjoy smoking. He says it is all the brainwashing we've received from society that is the hardest part to get over when we quit. It works on the subconscious mind. He says we actually feel more bored, more nervous, have less concentration, and overall, feel worse when we smoke, when society tells us that we'll feel good when we smoke. It is a fallacy. I'm still smoking after reading the book, but his thoughts are slowly making me question why I ever started smoking. It's an unconventional approach he takes, but it just might make you question your "habit," and perhaps quit for good. One thing I had to do before seriously deciding if I wanted to quit was to really fight my depression with nutrients and medication, whatever works, right? Then perhaps I could be in a better frame of mind to say, Smoking is stupid and it's just hurting me. There's nothing good about it. That's how I feel today, and I'm rather annoyed that I'm still doing it. I want to just wake up tomorrow morning and not have that cigarette with my morning cup of coffee. I'm leaning in that direction slowly but surely. Anyway, try reading the book if you are hooked on cigarettes. It might just help as long as your depression is under control. You might actually realize all your efforts to getting well are being sabotaged by the weed. At least, that's what I believe. I've managed to do well on my nutrient regimen plus the medication, and I realize I'd feel 100X better if I quit smoking. The vitamins would work much more efficiently I'm quite sure. Today, I feel rather annoyed going out every half hour puffing on those stupid things. I'm trying to muster up enough courage to say, the hell with them once and for all and not to be afraid of any day I get along without them.