Hello all, i quit smoking just a couple of weeks ago, I used to smoke around 15 a day at very specific times for 13 years. Smoking was mostly just a part of my daily routine. Anyway after sitting down and calculating how much I was spending (£170 per month) on cigarettes I decided to quit, for some reason I suffered with almost no withdrawal symptoms whatsoever and very few minor cravings. So I'm here to share my method. A few weeks back after I calculated my monthly expenditure on cigarettes, I set myself a date, this date was for the following Monday, last cigarette on the Sunday night. I spent a little under a week preparing myself for a month of hell, and convincing myself how much of a disgusting habit smoking was, I then proceeded to tell every person I know that I was quitting to pile on a little subconscious pressure. On the weekend of the quit quit, I cleaned my house top to bottom, fumigated my furniture, clothing and car and removed anything to do with smoking from my life. I also stocked up on corsadyl and chewing gum along with lollipops and sweets, I also decided to replace smoking with drinking tea, I enjoyed tea but never drank it, always opting for coffee instead. I also wrote a 1 month plan i varying degrees of detail explaining my quitting methods and how I intend to get through each day. Anyway, basically I made a big psychological investment, and fully convinced myself to quit. You could say I spent a week brainwashing my subconscious..
So a week in and here's what I've discovered, for the most part, quitting smoking is about breaking the habit, the addiction to nicotine is negligible, its easy enough to kick. But the habitual actions of smoking are the hard part. For instance on the second day, on leaving work my hand went straight into my pocket looking for my cigarettes and part of my brain had a little moment of panic, this was easy to quash and in a few moments i was laughing at the stupidity of the human brain
Anyway, if you want to live a smoke free life. And you want to save those thousands of pounds per year, it's only yourself you have to convince...