I thought I'd share my story of how I stopped smoking 4 months ago. I'd been an on and off smoker through my teens and full time since university. I say full time as, to me, smoking was a full time preoccupation. I used to smoke a 12.5 gram pouch of tobacco daily. My first roll up would as soon as I got up, and each day ended with my last . I spent my days juggling when I could smoke, it seriously was my number one priority, even above food. I would fuel myself with cigarettes and black coffee. Deep down I hated what smoking was doing to me and how it made me feel about myself but day to day it was my companion.
I didn't pro actively decided to stop. I guess I had always thought that I would stop one day, but that was always in my future. Two things came together which lead me to stopping, I had a horrible flu/ chest infection around the same time as moving into a new house. The flu laid me up in bed for one day, a day when I felt so bad I for once didn't even think about smoking. The next day I thought to myself, the pattern is broken, why not keep up no smoking. I then engaged into thoughts about how my life would improve. I did experience withdrawals and cravings during which I told myself that each one I get through, the easier it will get and the further my tobacco "friend" would be from me. I started seeing these withdrawals as challenges worthy of reward once beaten! I started spending money on myself, treating myself kinder, buying nicer food. After 3 weeks I barely thought about cigarettes. I stopped avoiding situations that I previously would have as they would have interfered with my smoking such as going to the cinema. I've started going to a gym. I look forward to eating out and not leaving the table to smoke. I can say that stopping smoking has been the most life changing behaviour change I've ever made. It feels so great to take control back. I honestly do not miss them one bit. Its now been for months and I cannot wait to continue realising the benefits!