Just writing to share with you a method for quitting smoking which has worked wonderfully for me. I started smoking when I was 16, unlike many I never started off as a casual smoker but instead within the second or third day I was a 1 pack a day smoker. By the time I was 22 I needed more than 2 pack of smokes on a good day and 3 or more on a depressing or stressful day (which seems to be increasingly common after a while). By now I am 28 and have been smoking more than 12 years but for the fact that I quilted.
Waking up every morning to smokers cough, shortness of breath, tightness in the chest and wheezing at 25 was not how I imagined life to be and hence I decided to stop. I tried patches, gum, cold turkey, the will power method. Needless to say the furthest I 'made it' was 5 month before I start scrambling to scratch the itch. My favorite joke after a while was that quitting smoking was the easiest thing to do, I myself have quilted 30 over times. I will light up every time I repeated this joke to make a point. After a while I convinced myself that smoking forever was not a bad idea. I remember telling myself that, while lighting up and having tears running down my cheeks. I was convinced at that time I was going to die before I was 55. Both my grandfathers had passed away before 55 years old from lung cancer.
Albeit that, I stopped last week. Like stopped. And I know I never want another stick ever in my life again. Why am I so convinced? Well I have a story to share which seems a bit off tangent, I do apologize but bear with me.
Earlier today I was attacked in a female toilet. It happened when I was coming out of one of the cubicles in the female toilet and found myself face to face with a man whom had tried very hard to drag me back into the cubicle. To cut the story short, I was nearly raped.
Being nearly raped is the PERFECT excuse to light up again. But I did not. It actually went through my mind, in a very non-committal manner. I rationally and coldly considered whether I needed a smoke, like how I would consider whether I would like some parsley to make dinner more pleasing looking. I went like nah. And that was it. No temptations, no cravings, no battle of will power. I just went like Nah.
The method I used is probably one that you know of: Allen Carr Easyway to quit smoking.
I realize that Allen's book saved my life today. Both literary and figuratively speaking. If I was still on my 2 packs a day I would not be talking to you now. I would not have the strength to fight the assailant back. My head would be smashed on the toilet floor, and me probably raped if not dead for the matter. But instead I here telling you about this awesome book which does not make quitting awful but a rather pleasing experience.
I am generally do not make comments on forums. But I have decided that today was an exceptional day. Allen Carr saved my life. And I hope that by writing this message, I am returning the favor - I decided to try Allen Carr after reading about it on a forum somewhere on the internet. My only regret was why have I not found out about it much earlier. Good luck and may you be liberated of cigarettes.