12 Aug 2019
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First of all, congratulations on your amazing success!
I can totally relate to your post, and validate everything you're feeling … I experienced the same thing.
It felt like everything I loved to do now held zero desire. I am a fibre artist and it has been my passion for several years. When I first quit smoking I would walk into my studio, stand there, turn around and leave. I didn't want to spend time with my closest friend because what was the point if I couldn't smoke while we sat drinking wine and solving the worlds problems.
I was depressed. And I don't think its uncommon to feel this way and to lose interest in things for a while.
I countered it by "learning" something new. For me it was choosing a recipe from another country, buying all the ingredients and then spending a Sunday cooking a meal (huge, considering I'm not the cook in my house!). Not only did this trigger dopamine (learning something new is a great way to train the brain to produce dopamine which nicotine did for us), it helped to distract me from my lack of interest in the things I used to love.
And I promise you, the things you love will come rise again! We have to learn to approach everything as a non smoker and the transition effects every aspect of our lives. Everything I loved to do as a smoker I love again … and as a matter of fact, my creativity has transformed and I've never been happier with the work I'm creating.
You are going to come out of this a new person … you, just a better version of you.
So hang in. And be proud of yourself here. Quitting smoking is freaking hard!
Last modified on 21 Jan 2020 15:03 by justfortoday