Put on your party hats and let's pop some non-alcoholic champagne! You've reached a milestone in your smoke-free journey - two full months without smoking. Let's take a stroll down this scientific lane to understand how much your body has healed and what fantastic changes have been unleashed in your body during these two months without smoking.
Respiratory & Cardiovascular Renaissance
Kicking off the list of marvelous physiological transformations is our unsung hero—the lungs. After two months without smoking, your lungs have been through a fantastic 'clean-up' operation. They've been hard at work evicting the unwelcome toxic remnants of cigarette smoke. Resultantly, coughing and shortness of breath decline.
Your lung function significantly improves, which translates into easier breathing and more stamina for physical activities. So, that hike you've been putting off? Time to put it back on the calendar!
Meanwhile, your heart, which had been under tremendous stress, is finally catching its breath. Two months of abstaining from smoking means the carbon monoxide levels in your blood have normalized.⁽¹⁾
This allows your heart to receive more oxygen, reducing the risk of heart attacks. More excitingly, your circulation has improved, leading to better oxygen supply to your body. This means fewer cold hands and feet, and you might even notice an enhancement in your skin's appearance. It's time for your heart to do a little happy dance!
Sensory Resurrection: The World in HD
Two months into your smoke-free journey, your senses of smell and taste are no longer under the relentless attack of toxic cigarette smoke. It's like emerging from a haze and seeing, or rather smelling and tasting, the world in vibrant high definition.
During your smoking days, toxic chemicals from cigarette smoke attacked your taste buds, numbing them and reducing their sensitivity. Now, as you've given up smoking, your taste buds are coming back to life. They're regaining their sensitivity, leading to a greater ability to distinguish and enjoy complex flavors. You may find yourself rediscovering the nuanced flavor of a well-cooked meal or the sweet tanginess of fresh fruits.
Now, onto the sense of smell, which suffered a similar fate to taste during the smoking period. As the irritating smoke's constant assault has ceased, the olfactory nerves are recovering. You're likely to notice a significant improvement in your sense of smell. The fragrance of freshly cut grass, the subtle scent of rain on a hot pavement, or the warm, comforting aroma of freshly brewed coffee can be appreciated like never before.
These enhanced senses do more than just enrich our gastronomical experiences. They play a crucial role in our overall quality of life. Taste and smell contribute to our safety, nutrition, and enjoyment of life. They alert us to fires, spoiled food, gas leaks, and other dangers. The enhanced senses can also stir up old memories, evoke emotions, and influence mood, making our lives richer and more vibrant.
The Brain Breakthrough: Psychological Prosperity
Let's step into the magnificent world of the brain, a realm as complex as it is intriguing. Two months without smoking sees a significant shift in this cognitive landscape. The brain, once held hostage by the addictive nicotine, begins to readjust and rewire. This manifests as a tangible improvement in your mental well-being.
Your concentration, previously disrupted by nicotine's addictive cycles, begins to improve. You'll find yourself more focused, with an increased attention span. The frequent interruptions for a smoke break are a thing of the past, and you are now more present in the moment.
Mood swings, another unwelcome consequence of nicotine addiction, are likely to decrease as your brain adjusts to life without nicotine. You might notice a newfound emotional stability, which is bound to improve your relationships and overall quality of life.
Moreover, the link between smoking and mental health disorders like anxiety and depression is well-documented. Two months into your quit journey, as nicotine leaves your system, you are likely to experience a significant reduction in symptoms of these disorders.
The Long Run: A Peek into the Future
A research study published in the New England Journal of Medicine states that long-term quitters, irrespective of age, are less likely to die from smoking-related conditions like heart disease and lung cancer.⁽²⁾ If this doesn't motivate you to stay on the smoke-free path, I don't know what will!
In a nutshell, two months without smoking can be an exciting, transformative journey for your body and mind. Each day you stay smoke-free, you're adding more days to your life and life to your days. So, give yourself a pat on the back and keep going. Remember, the only way is up! Read more about dealing with withdrawal symptoms from quitting tobacco. Reference:
⁽¹⁾ Gilbert, David G et al. “Smoking abstinence symptoms across 67 days compared with randomized controls-Moderation by nicotine replacement therapy, bupropion, and negative-affect traits.” Experimental and clinical psychopharmacology vol. 27,6 (2019): 536-551. doi:10.1037/pha0000278