Today's been pretty different than yesterday. I live in Canada (I forgot to mention that in my "Day One" post forum.nosmokingday.org.uk/s... Just so everyone is aware of why I like using numbers + explaining my thoughts, it's so I can see how much of an impact smoking has had on my life so far. I don't want to imagine another five years of this.
Today is Labour Day - everything is closed, which means I'm off and have nothing to do. All of my friends went off to their Universities & Colleges today, while yet again, I'm taking a second year off. It's not that I don't want to continue my education, it's that financially it isn't an option. This leads us to two points:
• MONEY - Smoking vs. Financial Stability
• What in the hell am I suppose to do to keep my mind occupied?
In all reality, can anyone truly afford smoking nowadays? If it's not burning a whole in your wallet, it's deteriorating your health - it's a slow suicide, if you will. Up here in Canada, cigarettes range from $4 (£2.44) packs to $12 (£7.33). I don't know if it's the same in the UK, but that's not important, the point is is a pack a day could potentially land you a $84 (£51.30) weekly tab or a monthly bill of $336 (£205.18). That's about 3.4% of my yearly tuition. If I quit for a year, assuming every pack I use to buy was the crème de la crème of cigarettes, that's $4032 (£2462.21)! That's literally 41.1% of my tuition. Almost half. Seeing these numbers for the first time is a swift kick to the butt. Therefore, I'm going to give a swift kick to the butts! Haha get it? It's punny.
Boredom - I need HELP
I've always been a social outcast. I don't make friends too easily, so I don't have a social life to keep me distracted. Smoking eased me of the anxiety being an outcast caused. Not only am I quitting smoking, I am doing a whole life overhaul. I need to put myself out there to meet people - I just don't have the balls, quite frankly. I do have small hobbies such as photography, painting, sketching and all of those fun things, but it doesn't seem like it's enough to keep my mind distracted. I need some pointers on how to deal with the mental-addiction. What have, or are, you guys doing to deal with it???
This is only part one of two because the day's half over and I'm struggling. Any advice will not be taken lightly at this point.