I began smoking in my early teens and addicted pretty quickly. I smoked for 38 years and was a heavy nicotine user. From the moment I got up in the morning and even in bed at night.
I even considered smoking in the shower. I had several reasons to quit and very few to keep it up. Yet here are the bits I didn't expect. Simply, I HAD to take it a day at a time. Each day was a victory. Sometimes I'd have three great days followed by a harder day. This was strange. Sometimes it felt like I was going backwards. Cravings, irritability, sleeping difficulties. Yet I remembered my motto.
One day at a time. And I kept that up. What I felt was an amazing confidence and increased self esteem. I hadn't seen how smoking had really robbed me of that. I was also amazed by the difference in my skin, my eyes were bright and my skin looked and felt amazing. I learnt that I had to find ways to be kind to myself. Little things like, nana naps when I could or really chill out when some of the cravings reared their ugly heads. Some foods really sent me on a craving frenzy. So I was just aware that if I ate it, I had to be prepared. Knowing what I was doing ahead of time helped.
Yet my biggest realisation was I rewarded myself with a ciggie. I had the worst craving today when I finished work and as I drove home, I thought about buying some. I didn't though. Today was another victory. Yipeeeee. Best of luck. If I can do it, anyone can.
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