Friday

Help someone stop smoking today

I recently stopped smoking i.e.  4 days and 9 hours and 20min back. So, yes, I can honestly say that I have been "clean" for 4 days now! I am posting this to help me remember why I want to stop and also help you or someone that you love to stop smoking.

That said, I am really struggling! 

First thing I did was downloaded a couple of photos of "smoked lungs" so when I get the craving I have a quick look at the photos. 

All that I can say for now (i.e after 4 days) is that smoking tobacco is both a psychological habit and a physical addiction. 

The act of smoking is ingrained as a daily ritual and, at the same time, the nicotine from cigarettes provides a temporary, and addictive, high. 

Eliminating that regular fix of nicotine has caused my body to experience physical withdrawal symptoms and cravings. To successfully quit smoking, you’ll need to address both the habit and the addiction by changing your behavior and dealing with nicotine withdrawal symptoms.

Here is a section of an article that has also helped me:

Relieving unpleasant and overwhelming feelings without cigarettes

Managing unpleasant feelings such as stress, depression, loneliness, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common reasons why adults smoke. When you have a bad day, it can seem like cigarettes are your only friend. 

Smoking can temporarily make feelings such as sadness, stress, anxiety, depression, and boredom evaporate into thin air. As much comfort as cigarettes provide, though, it’s important to remember that there are healthier (and more effective) ways to keep unpleasant feelings in check. These may include exercising, meditating, using sensory relaxation strategies, and practicing simple breathing exercises.

For many people, an important aspect of quitting smoking is to find alternate ways to handle these difficult feelings without smoking. Even when cigarettes are no longer a part of your life, the painful and unpleasant feelings that may have prompted you to smoke in the past will still remain. So, it’s worth spending some time thinking about the different ways you intend to deal with stressful situations and the daily irritations that would normally have you reaching for a cigarette.