Rejoice! I am free! This is real life, people! I finally hit one year without having any cigarettes! I wanna scream and yell from happiness! I am now celebrating a little over a year of not smoking. All of you, that know me, know how important this is for me!! My birth month never felt better!! Yaasss now for the next challenge💪🏻
I haven’t shared this with all you, but last February I chose to stop smoking for a number of reasons. It was a very difficult process that I wanted for a while, but it finally happened then.
Smoking is a bad and nasty habit. No way around it. Even smokers will agree with me. It is horrible for you and yet makes you feel amazing! You’re stressed? Have a cig. You’re bored? Have a cig. You’re drinking coffee? Clearly, you need a cigarette. That’s how a smoker’s mind works. Trust me, I was there for years. I started smoking really young, in order to feel “cool”. Looking back it was one of the most idiotic moments of my life. I smoked for around 12 years and it literally was half my lifespan.
I stopped cold turkey, meaning I stopped all at once. I still remember at looking at my last pack of cigarettes with the last 3 cigarettes and looked up at my husband and I said: “This is it. I’m done. I’m stopping this. There is no reason to let this little cigarette rule my life any more. I don’t want every time I run out the door to make sure I have a pack of cigs and a lighter. I don’t want to freak out if I’m out. I don’t want to continue this lifestyle. I’m stronger than this. No, I’m better than this.” He looked at me very curiously and for some reason he didn’t argue with me. Over the next couple weeks I was upset, easily irritated, but I kept with it. In the middle of it, we moved to another city and I was in an accident, which resulted in 17 stitches on my thumb and a lot of pain. God bless my husband he supported me and was there for me, through it all. My morning ritual of coffee and a cigarette eventually became coffee and reading my favorite blogs and articles. I started noticing differences. My lungs started feeling lighter. My headaches stopped and the craziest thing was that I could now smell the cigarettes. I never noticed it before. I thought of it as almost a part of an urban legend and take it from a previous smoker; they stink. I kept washing all our clothes and had to clean everything we owned. My heart rate was lower than before and I have to admit that I started breathing better after stopping. The only thing I had to watch out for was not taking any breaks anymore and I had to make a mental note to take a breather.
I am not an expert and I am not going to give you any medical advice, but what helped me the most was dying to myself “oh, I’m just not having a cigarette right now”. It is the best piece of advice I have ever been given, because it tricked my own brain into thinking if I really need it, I can have one. I carried my cigarette pack with me for the first few weeks and the moment I realized I was on a good path was when I had no idea where it was nor my lighter and I didn’t feel the need to find them anymore.
The hardest part was to cut the habit and all I can say, now from the other side, is it feels liberating. It was hard. I hated all of it and afterwards I am so grateful I stuck to my guns. My life is already different in a good way and I have a sense of accomplishment, every time I remember those 3 little cigarettes and how they didn’t win.
If you or anyone you know needs or wants help to stop smoking you can always visit the smoke free website or call 800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) or call 800-44U-QUIT (877-448-7848). It’s never too late and remember, it’s always the first step that is the hardest.