I’ve heard this excuse a lot for smoking again. Being afraid of feeling your emotions to get through something & choosing to smoke to stop them from “bleeding” you. Who of us hasn’t felt fear or anxiety or fill in the blank? Yet we long termers chose NOT to smoke again.
What is going to happen to you if you feel those emotions that you’ve hid behind your smoking screen for many many years in most cases? You’d finally have the opportunity to process them and let them go or put them in their proper places which is a good thing. An absolutely positive benefit of not smoking.
If you smoke again you may ward them off once again but if you really want to Be Quit you will have to deal with them eventually. Personal growth is a required prelude to the Freedom you will eventually feel. It’s worth every bit of the struggle or overdue processing of your emotions that you need to do to get to the point of gratefulness & peace in your smobriety and, more importantly, in your LIFE.
If you are sick and tired of the same ‘ole same ‘ole smoking life only you can do something about it. Nobody else can do it for you. Other people (& NRT’s, etc.) can help but in the end its totally up to you to get & keep your quit. The good news is it’s one of those things you have total control over.
You are not unique in this process. You are not the only one that has had to go through it to come out the other side. We not only survived it but gained so much of ourselves in the very doing of it. The process itself is empowering. Don’t be afraid of it. Relish it.