How I Quit Smoking... FOR GOOD!
I’m sure we can all admit that smoking is an unhealthy and kinda nasty habit. I started smoking when I was just a teenager. My parents smoked, my friends smoked, it just seemed normal. I successfully quit when I found out I was pregnant with my son. Didn’t pick them back up again until he was a few months old because of stress. After that, I said I would quit smoking when things weren’t as stressful, but let’s be honest, there’s never a right time. I blinked and my son was over 2 years old, and I was still smoking. I tried nicotine gum, but it didn’t help, I’d go right back to smoking. So lets talk about how I finally quit, cold turkey, and plan on never going back!
The Process of Quitting Smoking
I think it’s important to state that no matter how much I thought I liked smoking, I also knew I wanted to quit. The most important part about quitting is that you WANT to do it. It’s harder to be successful when you don’t have any motivation.
So, the idea of quitting had been in my head for a while, but I just didn’t know how. One night, me and my husband were watching Broken on netflix, the epiosde called Big Vape. And it made me feel GROSS for smoking. The lung pictures, the statistics, and way big tobacco is ran, it’s all awful! I really recommend it as a resource to quit.
The next morning, I had half a cigarette as usual, but I just felt uncomfortable after watching the documentary.
I knew I WANTED to quit, but I needed a PLAN.
My Plan To Quit Smoking
FIRST, WHAT IS YOUR WHY? The very first thing I did was write down all the reasons I wanted to quit in my phone memo. If you write it on paper, make sure to carry it around with you! Be specific about why and write down every possible reason you can think of.
FIND MOTIVATION. Going through nicotine fits is rough, I understand. That’s why you’re going to need the motivation to quit. What did I do? I used Pinterest! I simply searched “quit smoking” and for plenty of motivation and inspiration!
TOSS THE PACK OR DONT. I truly believe this depends on the person, so I want to be clear. For me, cigarettes were a security blanket. When I quit, I never threw them away, in fact, they’re still sitting in a cabinet now. For some reason, it helped me to quit by keeping them, but i also have a lot of self control. So this may not work for others, if you think you’ll smoke if you have them, then toss them.
USE YOUR HANDS. The day I quit, I picked up crocheting and I already embroider. I recommend you find something to keep your hands busy. Pick up a new hobby!
STEP OUTSIDE. This may not apply to everyone, but because I have a toddler, I would only smoke outside. Smoking for me was a fake stress reliever, and I used it as a way to escape outside. If you think it will help for you, when you feel like you need to step out, STILL STEP OUT! Go outside, sit down, take some deep breaths, and then go back to what you were doings.
HOURS MATTER. A big motivator for my was keeping track of the hours. I would tell myself “It’s already been 36 hours, why turn back now?”
DON’T GIVE UP. Even if you fail, start all over. If you smoke a cigarette, start all over.
Don't Wait To Quit
I can’t stress this enough, if you feel it in you now, DO IT NOW. You may not feel the same way in 3, 10, or 30 days. Quitting is scary, get it out of the way and do it while you’re motivated.
I really hope this has inspired you and motivated you to move forward with quitting! Please comment below and let me know if this article has helped you in anyway! I’m so excited for you to have a happy, healthy future!