How I quit smoking and why it has helped me fight depression

How I quit smoking and why it has helped me fight depression

Everybody knows smoking is bad for you. But apparently it’s even worse for you when you have depression.

Recent research suggests that smoking increases risk of depression because nicotine damages certain pathways in the brain that regulate mood. As a result, nicotine may trigger mood swings.

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Shut your negative inner voice up and be your own best friend instead

Shut up your negative inner voice

I’ve mentioned this before, depression comes with a critical inner voice. You are being very harsh with yourself all the time, you tell yourself off for something you have done or not done, you beat yourself up constantly.

Fighting this voice is one of the most difficult things to do, especially when you are feeling low.

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How to fight depression

People who do not know me very well might be hugely surprised to read this because they would only have seen me on the 95% of the time when I am absolutely fine and full of life. Until now I have kept the other 5% for close friends and family but that doesn’t help raising awareness which is why I have decided to go public with this.

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